Q: On your website, you mention that you are a fan of horror, sci-fi and psychological romance. What inspired you to write a romance?
A: Once I had the inspiration for the story and for the character of Bennett, (inspired by a rather wonderful British actor we have here in the UK with the rather posh sounding name of Benedict Cumberbatch) - there was no turning back. Cassie and Bennett's story just wrote itself. Cassie is very much based on me and my experiences. As it happened, it turned into a series of rather thrilling romantic suspense novels. This couple really do have a very exciting life....
I found I really enjoyed writing this so once the series was finished I wrote another three romance novels - one of which is currently contracted to Boroughs to be released. The other two will be soon I hope - cross fingers. I also wrote a screen play based on Cassandra by Starlight - a fifty minute pilot episode which I hope one day to make more of. I'd love to see the characters come to life on the television screen.
I also wrote two short romantic and more frivolous stories for my publisher as part of their Lunchbox Romance line- The Magick of Christmas and Confounding Cupid. I enjoyed doing these short, fun writes. It gives you an opportunity to do something different than writing a full length novel. I've been told they're pretty 'hot' with some unexpected spicy scenes!
Q: Have any romance authors inspired your writing? If so, who?
A: I have to say the closest I'd come to reading anything of a romantic nature was a huge glut of Mills and Boon novels in my youth, books I soaked up like red wine spilled on a fluffy rug. I loved this genre and used to trawl the old book shops looking for all the basement bargains. Then I began reading other genres and forgot about romance. I also have to say that recently I've loved the books by Deborah Harkness - her All Souls trilogy - Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. I loved the budding romance between the wonderful Matthew and Diana and it really whet my appetite for a more romantic story, over the Stephen King and Joe Donnelly novels I as reading at the time.
Q: What is up next in the Starlight series?
A: The next book in the series is Together in Starlight, which will be released on the 21st February. This story takes place from the mountains of Shangri La in Tibet, where Bennett is filming his remake of 'Lost Horizon' to the wonderful old English theatre called the Val (short for the Valedictorian) that he part owns with Cassie and his best friend, Dylan. The theatre is situated in the West End of London, and the trio decide to put on a play, a ghost story with a real history based in their theatre. This has some very surprising and unexpected results. London is home to the supernatural and the Val is no exception...this book is very much about the ghosts of the past coming back to haunt us - in more ways than one.
For superstar actor Bennett Saville and his fiancée Cassandra Wallace, returning to “The Val” theatre in London means greed, lust, and ghosts from the past—and that’s off stage.
Bennett Saville is sexy. At the height of his career, the English star of stage and screen is everything a woman might desire, as fiancée Cassandra Wallace well knows. They’ve seen the world together, from L.A. to Shangri La. Yet shadows persist, even in the spotlight. At home they face lust, greed, and ghosts from their pasts—and that’s offstage. There is also “The Val”. Bennett’s aged London theatre holds a mystery four centuries old, cast in starlight, waiting to be shown. Intensely personal, impossibly passionate, that play must go on…and Cassie and Bennett must see it through together.
The final book in the series , 'Starlight and Promises' takes the reader on another different journey as we join Bennett on his path to becoming a superstar in the true Hollywood sense with Cassie by his side, basking in the limelight of her super star fiancé, whilst making a few discoveries of her own. It all turns out well, and there is a real feel good happy ending to this story. I was sorry to see it finish.
I've actually written some short 'stories' about Bennett and Cassie for the time in between book 2 and book 3, which I'll be showcasing on my blog and website. The first one will be posted to coincide with the release of Together in Starlight and will take the form of an interview with Bennett by a news show in my other home town (aka where I work) of Cambridge.
A big thank you to Susan Mac Nicol for stopping by. If you are interested in learning more, check out the following:
Susan Mac Nicol: Author at www.boroughspublishinggroup.com
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