(What’s a Tallistonian? You’ll have to wait and see for that one! I shall tell you next week.)
Susan MacNicol is one of the world’s most prolific authors because amazingly, she can write 5,000 words a day–all in a coherent sequence as part of a novel, almost fully formed. Yes, she edits, but not as much as I would need to if I managed to throw 5,000 words onto my laptop in a day. (Just, how?)
But Susan’s speed writing ability is not the most interesting thing about this writer. Her subject matter is what you might be intrigued by. We’ve had edgy guest bloggers but now for something…a bit…different!
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For those of you out there who might not know what I do, I’m a writer. It’s a funny thing actually. If you’d asked me in February last year what I do, I’d have said I was a Compliance Officer working for a financial services company. I still am that white collar individual – however my perception of myself has changed drastically. I am Jekyll and Hyde, the Invisible Man, Janus, the Hulk…I don’t necessarily mean in mood swings or actual psychotic persona (although that happens too), but more in the fact I am now two distinct people in my mind and definitely more one than the other. Who I am more of will become evident as you read on.
The Compliance Officer job brings in the bacon and allows me to feed myself and family, live in the house I occupy and generally just get by like everyone else in this cash strapped world. It keeps me busy from seven am to six pm and ekes me out an existence. But it is not my passion as it might have been at the start of 2012 when my life turned upside down.
My passion now is writing stories for publication. I am a ‘published author’ with a publisher in the US and all the trimmings that go with it. I have an editor, a company who takes my scribbling about people in love, in danger, in conflict seriously and turns them into wonderful digital books that people all over the world can read. They edit, copy edit, suggest constructive changes to my manuscript, create stunning book covers and then get it put out on the World Wide Web for everyone to see.
So now when you ask me what I do for a living (not to sustain myself!) I will tell you I am a writer regardless of the fact that it does not make me much money at all. Yet. However I live in hope. And what I’m going to say now will probably make you frown. It . Doesn’t. Matter. I’m not in this for the money, although if that becomes a side effect of writing, halle-bloody-lujah. I’m materialistic enough to want success through earning enough from my scribbles to perhaps indulge my lifestyle a little. A holiday, a new laptop, gifts for family and friends, and maybe one day the ability to give up the day job and stay home and write. I’m also commercially minded enough to know that a publisher won’t keep publishing my stories if they don’t eventually get any commercial value from me to make a small profit. But for the time being they seem happy to keep me on, telling me they believe in me and one day my time will come. I live for that glimmer of hope.
The bottom line is that I do what I do with little fiscal reward because I love it, because it completes me and makes me the person that I really want to be. I am a story teller and I embrace that with a passion I’ve never felt before for anything.
And as for the genre in which I write, which is Romance, with a capital R (and yes, I know, you might be gagging right now thinking OMG, luuuurve books) I have a couple of things for you to bear in mind that might put my chosen genre into perspective.
- I write both about men and women in love and men in love with men. Yup, I am a purveyor of gay male romances to suit the ever increasing masses of discerning and horny women out there who are finding the genre just tooo sexy for words –as I do. I am an addict and have no intention of curing myself; in fact, I want to indulge even more. No cold turkey for me.
- I write books that tackle some serious issues – my Starlight series deals with schizophrenic mothers, celebrity stalking, suicide, vicious ex-husbands, people in cults, the ever growing vagaries of show business, gay relationships, the supernatural and the one that I’ve really learnt is a topic that needs addressing and education- female on male rape scenarios. If you are interested in seeing more in depth detail about this topic, visit this link. http://www.susanmacnicol.com/category/rape-posts/
- It was through this particular theme in my book ‘Cassandra by Starlight’ that I was asked to write an auto biography for a same sex child abuse victim in the US. He was groomed and abused for three years by his Scoutmaster and his tale is part of the whole Boy Scout perversion Files scandal currently rocking the States. Joe and I are collaborating across the pond to try and get his story out to see if we can help others in a similar situation. You can read more about this book on our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/BrokenBoyMeaningfulMan?ref=hl
- The gay theme in most of my books has made me very aware of the prejudices and victimisation of people who are gay. I belong to many gay rights groups, fight their cause with a fierce drive to make things right, participate in equal rights blogs hope to get the message out there and champion the right of people everywhere to be simply able to love and make love to the person they are in love with. If you want to read more about the last equal rights blog hop head on over here. http://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
So I might write romance but it’s got its serious side too. And now I’ve probably said enough. Michelle is probably about ready to forcibly eject me from her blog.
Oh and before you ask me about it? The steamy sex in my books is all not based on personal experiences. And I didn’t go blind doing the research on gay male sex and how it all works as someone said I might. Just saying.