I’m so pleased to be able to host Susan Mac Nicol here today as part of her Love and Punishment blog tour with Pride Promotions! Join us for her post on finding the time to write in a busy life, as well as a trailer and more about her latest release! Be sure to enter the rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance at one of Susan’s best-selling stories!
I know this subject is close to Sarah’s heart too. That elusive work/life balance and how to keep the writing mojo going.
The bottom line is that there is no easy answer and what works for one may not work for another. I started writing my first book in Feb 2012 when I was full time employed and working 14 hour days. I had a two hour commute to work each morning, and the same back. The one saving grace was that I was a fairly senior person in the chain of command and had a team of people working for me who were fairly self sufficient. A good team working with you makes all the difference when it comes to spending your time doing things you’d rather do, such as training, attending high brow management meetings, and strategising and planning the future of the company. I also found I had time to actually sit back at lunch times and yes, sometimes during working hours, and concentrate on my writing. I didn’t really feel all that guilty doing this. I worked long hours, did more than what was expected of me, and at one time worked three months until 8 pm in the evening to get a big and very important project finished.
Of course I also worked after the day job till one o’clock every morning, worked weekends almost non- stop and totally neglected the family. So I was able to ‘churn’ out books at an alarming rate and wrote six novels in the space of as many months.
Then I left this company to take a position closer to home. The only problem was, I wasn’t really busy here. I looked around for more tasks to take on and when none were forthcoming and the company didn’t really seem to have much more for me to do -I wrote. Again, the evenings too were dedicated to this and weekends. I loved this busy, hectic time, passionate about my writing and enjoying every minute. I did start to slow down though, because as I honed the craft of writing, I took more time to think about what I was putting on paper rather than spewing it out like water from a hose.
I managed to write close to twelve books in less than an eighteen month period. The disaster struck. I was made redundant and was out of work for almost ten months. And the strangest thing happened. I found I could no longer write at the speed I had, that my motivation was low, my desire to write became a chore not a passion out-flowing of words as it had been before. I had to force myself to sit down and put words on the screen. Not only was this demotivating in itself, my heart broke because I thought I wasn’t the person I used to be. The writer who everyone made jokes about, doing fifteen to twenty thousand words a week. I had plenty of time now- why wasn’t I writing? I know times were hard, there were money troubles and the threat of losing my home so depression had well and truly set in. But still in my eyes that was no excuse.
Then a good friend, himself an author, told me what he thought it was. I’ve paraphrased him a little. “Sue,” he said. “It’s like a field – you go out there and you sow the seeds while the weather is good. You sit back, content, then reap what you’ve sown. You enjoy the fruit of your labours and then…then comes the fallow part, when the field needs to rest so it can gain back its energies and replenish itself. That’s where you are now and it’s all good. It needs to happen-that’s nature.’
I felt much better then because I could see that as maybe being the case. So to anyone out there who might be facing the same problem -take these words to heart, hold them close and remember things can only get better if you let them.
Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Blurb: On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.
FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.
Watch the Love and Punishment Book Trailer here!
Anthony walked down the hall. He reached the bedroom and gently pushed the door open. He saw Flynn framed in the light of the lamp shining from the lounge. He lay, apparently asleep, on the leather and wood divan Anthony had brought over from Italy. Its dark burgundy colour contrasted with what Flynn wore, which was nothing but a black thong lying stark against his pale skin. The divan was under the window. The bed covers were rumpled, as if Flynn had been sleeping. His robe was draped across the foot of the bed. Anthony moved towards the gleaming body of his supine lover.
Flynn’s face was turned away towards the back of the sofa. His dark hair was tousled and his arms stretched above his head to the right. He wore a blindfold. Anthony felt a stir in his groin seeing those lean, hairy legs stretched out wantonly, inviting him to run his hands up and over his groin. Even appearing asleep, Flynn had the power to excite him, to make Anthony hard and ready. He stepped towards him, watching the rise and fall of Flynn’s chest with their already hardened nubs. Anthony wanted to run his tongue over that chest, with its smattering of fine hair, to take Flynn’s nipples in his mouth and suck them until Flynn groaned in pleasure. As he got closer in the dim light he saw the hands with their bonds of silk. Green bonds lay dark against Flynn’s wrists, fastened to the wooden struts of the upright chair arm. His hands were tight fists. Anthony chuckled softly, a noise that sounded loud in the stillness of the room.
“Been waiting long?’ he whispered as he took off his jacket. ‘I tried to get home as soon as I could.”
Anthony knew the bonds would be loose so Flynn could break free if needed but he also knew he wouldn’t. It was the way the game was played.
9/5: Full Moon Dreaming
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.
Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.
Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
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