Tracey and I were lucky enough to meet Suzanne McLeod at a recent book launch and in addition to her being a fascinating lady to talk to, we were intrigued by the sound of her Spellcrackers urban fantasy series.
Suzanne McLeod is the author of the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series about magic, mayhem and murder – liberally spiced with hot guys, kick-ass chicks and super-cool supes! The Shifting Price of Prey – #4 – is her latest book. Suzanne has been a cocktail waitress, dance group roadie, and retail manager before becoming a writer. She was born in London (her favourite city and home to Spellcrackers.com) and is now lucky enough to live with her husband on the sunny (sometimes) South Coast of England, about a mile away from the sea.
Now on with the irreverence!
What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
I’ve always wanted to be a musician and play the saxophone, only problem is I have no musical talent.
Do you have any rituals or processes before you can start writing?
I don’t – other than I have to have numerous cups of tea (black, green or herbal! I don’t care which, so long as it’s available :-D)!
Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.)
I have a comfy office chair and a small laptop table tucked into the corner of our lounge.
How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
We, Mr Mc and I, always open a bottle of bubbly to metaphorically wet the new book’s pages! And I like to treat myself with something that’s relevant (in some way) to the book. (The picture shows something for each of my books, plus the short story – Full-Scale Demolition. The partly hidden item on the necklace with the blue bottle and gold coin is deliberately obscured to prevent a spoiler. *teases*)
Whose opinion matters most to you?
This is a difficult one as it changes depending on what stage the current book is at. Initially it’s the opinion of my editor and my beta readers, and later, once the book’s published, it’s the opinion of those readers who love the previous books in the series and who hopefully love the latest.
Do you get fully dressed to write?
Usually. Though there has been the odd occasion when I’ve started early and I’ve still been in my PJs at lunchtime!
What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
Thinking about my characters and what they could get up to next usually inspires me. After that it’s the actual act of writing; the more I write, the more I want to.
What is the best experience you’ve had with fans?
Every email or comment from a reader who tells me that they love my characters always make my heart sing. Sounds a bit sappy, but it’s true.
What do you value most?
My family, friends, and my health.
How do you deal with negative comments?
I try not to. I find that negative comments can sometimes hound me like a Black Dog, so I’ve learned not to even read them.
It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After, Everyone Dies, Or…?
Oh, this is a hard one . . . I definitely don’t like Everyone Dies (that last episode of Angel ) but Happy Every After is too Disney, so I think a mix of Happy For Now and the characters heading off to do interesting things. (I should add that my comments here in no way indicate what will happen at the end of Genny’s last book . . . *looks innocent*)
What do you do to relax?
Read, watch TV, bake, and walk – sometimes more than one of those things at the same time.
Do you have pets, and if so, describe them?
This year we’ve had a litter of fox cubs in the garden. They’ve been wonderful to watch, though sadly we’ve had to stop feeding them so that they’ll split up and find their own territories, as nature intends. This hasn’t gone down well with them, for obvious reasons, though they still look extremely healthy so we know they’re not starving. There are more pictures here and and we have some videos here
What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
I prefer silence, though if there’s a lot of noise around then I stick the headphones in, turn the volume up high, and drown it out.
What is your favourite type of music?
I’m not much of a music person (I don’t have much time to listen to it now) but two artists I love are Seal , my fav of his is Kiss from a Rose; and Queen, my fav of theirs is A Kind of Magic (well, my husband is a McLeod of McLeod!*g*).
Do you have any phobias?
Yes! Elfs! A.k.a Eight Legged Freaks or arachnids. I’m so phobic that I’m thinking of taking the ‘Friendly Spider’ course that London Zoo does to try and cure it.
Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Many thanks to Suzanne McLeod for taking the time to answer our questions, and if you want to know more about the author, visit her Website, Twitter or Facebook!
Pictures provided by and used with permission of Suzanne McLeod
Author photograph copyright Rob Monk
Suzanne’s latest book, The Shifting Price of Prey – Spellcrackers#4 is out now!
Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for . . .
London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny’s job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. Genny believed she’d cracked the fae’s infertility curse . . . but the fae are still barren. It’s a devastating plight to which the mysterious Emperor may have the solution – if Genny can find him.
She needs help.
She turns to the vampire Malik al-Khan, only to find he’s wrestling with his own demons and, when the police request Genny’s assistance with a magical kidnap, her own problems multiply too. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae’s infertility? Soon Genny is hard on his trail, so it seems she’ll have a chance to ask . . . but will the answer cost more than she’s willing to pay?
Irreverent Questions is BookThing‘s fun, feature where we ask a series of random questions that popped into Grete’s curious head. If you are an author and would like to take part, please get in touch!