What was the most challenging part of writing Double Alchemy?
I think it was tying together all the back story and facts into a cohesive whole. Trying to make sure I’d covered all the events I’d mentioned, explained them satisfactorily so that book 1 could come to a conclusion that wasn’t a cliff hanger as I don’t like those. It was making sure that the timeline flowed well, that the events happened logically and nothing was left to chance. There are a lot of little incidents all needing to knit together.
Is there a genre of M/M Romance you haven’t written that you would like to write? (i.e. Historical, Fantasy, Horror)
I’ve said before I’d love to do a historical M/M around the time of Victorian London and Jack the Ripper, a subject that holds a bizarre fascination for me. I want a really rich, sweeping saga that takes place over many years as opposed to my usual stories. I haven’t given it much thought, but I will do when I get some time.
Do you work on multiple manuscripts at once or do you limit yourself to one at a time?
I tend to work on one at a time, finish it then start the next. But I have been known to digress and write some short novellas in between working on the longer books I’m busy with. Plus I’m writing a fictional book based on fact – a factional book if you like- with Sue Brown about child sex abuse in the Boy Scouts. This is done whenever I get a spare moment. Which isn’t often.
How do you balance your time between writing and social media?
You can actually balance that? Oh my God, I never knew…*chuckles* it tends to take over. I have to be very careful not to let it. It’s such a necessary part of the writing endeavor and critical to an author’s success. I tend to write and then pop in and do some socialising, then write some more. I also have a Male Pole Dancing group on Facebook so I need to give that some TLC as well…
Do you listen to music while you write?
I do sometimes. I like noise when I work, I don’t sit in a study all by myself. I sit in the lounge, with the family around, the TV blaring, the dog going mad because he wants a walk and I simply zone out. But I love listening to Foo Fighters, Kasabian, The Killers, Muse and a myriad of other rock groups when I write. I have some playlists on Soundcloud if anyone wants to take a look.
Have you ever had characters try to change/succeed in changing the direction of your story? Do you let them roam free and follow them where they want to go, or do you reel them back in and move on as you intended?
I am one of those writers who have absolutely no pre conceived idea about my characters, my plot, or the story. I begin a book with three of four main characters, brief description as to looks and personality (I tend to model them on star signs, yep, true) and perhaps a page of the story from start to finish. Then I simply sit down and write. So the characters develop as I write, their like, dislikes, habits, quirks and that’s essentially it.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 5 items with you (food and water is provided), what would you take with you?
There had better be wireless as I’d need my smartphone and my Kindle. It can get pretty boring on a desert island by myself and I need the book boyfriends.
A comfortable blanket or *sighs* a Onesie – I don’t wear a Onesie – ever – but perhaps this might be the time to start.
Some writing paper and a pen so I can write that ‘great novel’
What kind of research did you have to do for Double Alchemy?
As I’m already very much into magic and witchcraft being a Wiccan, it was easy enough to take certain elements from the book and translate them into fiction. The magyck of Matthew Hopkins, as I’ve said, is something very close to home and the kind ladies and gents at the Mistley Museum were very obliging in filling in any gaps. They were honoured that I was writing about a local legend, even if he was a real person. I took a trip out to Mistley, took photos of the area, had tea in a local café and thoroughly enjoyed my research trip.
If you could be friends with any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Definitely Shane. I love his talent as a hacker and I’m one of those who like to ‘stick it to the man’. So his talents would come in incredibly useful when I’m figuring out which conspiracy the government is trying to cover up at the moment and also divest some parliamentary fat cats out of their not so hard earned money, and into my bank account.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The real pleasure I get is when someone tells me how much they enjoyed reading my books. It’s such a buzz to have people tell you the ways they loved it as the story is different for everyone. I love the fan art they send me, pictures of my guys with quotes from the book that mean something to that reader. It’s a huge compliment. Just simply being acknowledged and thanked for making someone happy in that way is the best reward.
About Double Alchemy
Title: Double Alchemy
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: 25th March, 2014
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
THE WORLD IN SHADOW
In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await.
Praise for Double Alchemy
“I love Paranormal stories & I’m a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol’s M/M books. In this book, she brings both genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches, Warlocks, Withinners & Feys. A world where danger lurks in the shadows.” – Maria Recchia
“I stayed up all night reading this story. Susan has a way of writing that is different than anyone else. She’s uniquely brilliant at weaving a tale that brings out my emotions. I have laughed in every one of her stories. That’s incredible for me. Not just a smile, but a laugh. I love that. This book needs to be read. You won’t be disappointed.” – Author Kindle Alexander
Praise for Susan Mac Nicol
“We have to re-iterate that this Author will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog
“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan. You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy is her fifth m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.