Guest Blog: Character Interview with Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day, she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self-righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group

London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.


An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance


Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

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Susan has kindly allowed us to interview one of the characters from Love You Senseless.

Gideon Kent

How did you get your passion for food?
From my mother, Ellie. She ran her own restaurant in France at one time when she was younger, before she met my dad. She was very into the whole cordon bleu thing and when I was about three or four, she had me helping her cook in the kitchen. She taught me most of what I know, and then pushed me into going to cookery school when I left school. She inspired me to cook and I guess it’s in my blood. *smiles sadly* She passed away about seven years ago from cancer. I still have her recipes to remind me of her though.

What did you really feel when you first set eyes on Eddie Tripp?
Really, you’re going to ask me that? *looks uncomfortable and shifts in his seat* Uhmm, I guess I thought he was cute. Not my usual sort of guy but he has this amazing deep red hair and these eyes that could sink ships and a really sassy attitude..he sort of holds your attention when you walk into a room. … and he has a really sweet sense of humour too. Oh maybe you meant work wise? Well, uhmm, he had great credentials to be a chef in my kitchen and came highly recommended by his previous employers. He’s a real asset and I’m glad I found him.

Favourite childhood memory?
Going on a road trip with my mother when I was about eleven. We rode bikes through the South of France for over a week, and stopped at every little café we could find while my mother coaxed the recipes for certain things she really enjoyed out of the owners. She had a lot of charm and had the locals wrapped around her fingers. It was a wonderful experience, and we had a lot of fun. I love that part of the world and Eddie and I are taking a holiday there in the near future.

Is there one thing from your back story the reader won’t know from reading the book?
I did quite a lot of travelling when I was younger, as my mother tended to go places to explore new ways of cooking, and bring back ideas to the restaurant. My dad was always too busy with work to get away so it tended to be just the two of us. I missed quote a bit of school too, which was a bonus. Mum was quite forthright about saying that travel broadened the outlook rather than sitting in a school room learning about stodgy algebra and history…she got away with it too.

I loved travelling to all these places, France, India, even Tibet. It was incredible to see how other people cook and use spices and herbs and such, and I used a lot of what I saw and earned in the kitchen when I was cooking.



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