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We’re very happy to have today on the blog a wonderful UF author: Suzanne McLeod. Her series Spellcrackers.com is unique and you haven’t tried yet I can only recommend you this one. The fourth book of the saga The Shifting Price of Prey will be released on August 30th in UK. If you want to learn more about the novels you can read the reviews here:
A big thank you to Suzanne for answering our questions. You can visit her website for more information about the series: http://www.spellcrackers.com/
Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
Hello, everyone, and thanks so much for having me here, Melliane. I’m Suzanne McLeod, a UK author who writes the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series set in London and featuring Genny Taylor, a sidhe fae. Genny’s stories are full of magic, mayhem and murder – liberally spiced with hot guys, kick-ass chicks and super-cool supes!
How many books do you intend to write for this series?
The Shifting Price of Prey #4 comes out August 30 (which isn’t long! *excitedly bites knuckles*, and I’m writing #5 just now then I’ll be on to #6 – which is the last book I’m currently contracted to write. After that, well I have plans! I could tell you about but then I’d have to kill you! *evil cackle*
Was it difficult to write the first book? How long did it take? Did it become easier with the following books?
It was difficult as it was the first book I’d ever written so I was learning all the time – still am – and it took me around two years from when I first came up with the idea of Genny. Writing the following books was, and is easier, in that I now know my characters and their world a lot more, but I’m always trying to improve and make the books better, which makes writing them harder. :- )
How do you find your titles? Did you imagine them all when you started the series or do you brainstorm each time?
The title of book #1 was Spellcrackers.com but when my publishers bought it, and the next two, they wanted to have that as the series title. So I had a massive brainstorming session with a couple of writer friends and we came up with about six different sets of titles. I gave them to my publishers and they chose the ones they liked best. The titles for books 4, 5 & 6 came into being after another brainstorm once I’d worked out where exactly Genny’s story was going next. 🙂
How did you end up writing Urban Fantasy books? Is there any other genre that appeal to you?
I write urban fantasy because that’s what I love reading the most, and I think you should always write what you love. As for any other genres that might appeal – maybe something dystopian, or steampunk’ish, or science fiction.
Does the inspiration for the characters come from people you know?
Not usually. Unless it’s by special request. There are three characters in The Shifting Price of Prey who are tuckerisations: my fab publicist and his partner, and a wonderful reader who won an auction to be a baddie in the book. Though, to be honest, it’s only their names that I’ve used, not their personalities. My usual character inspiration comes from finding out what makes my characters tick by imagining their backstory and life, either before they arrive on the page, or after. It’s what makes writing characters fun for me. 🙂
Is there a character more difficult than the others to write?
Hah, yes! Malik and Finn have both been extremely difficult in the past! It’s not always been easy knowing what they really want and then getting only so much as the current story needs of that on the page, especially as the reader only sees them through Genny’s eyes. 😀
If you had to choose between Malik and Finn, who would it be?
Lol! I’m their creator – I get to have both! *g*
Was it difficult to have so many creatures in the same book?
Not really. Part of the two years it took to write the first book was working out the history of Genny’s world, and where all the different creatures fit in to that history, and what sort of interactions they all have between each other. Which is why the vamps only became celebrities once the goblins agreed to work with them; humans trust the goblins to make sure the vamps stick to the ‘vamp licensing laws’ and keep them safe. Of course, the vamps know how to get round the laws, if they want too. *g*
Who is your favorite character in the series?
I don’t have an overall favourite but I always love the ‘gift’ characters. They’re the ones who appear from nowhere (a.k.a my subconscious) and they’re always fun to write. Ricou, a naiad, and Sylvia, a dryad, who are now friends of Genny’s, started out as ‘gift’ characters. And like them, ‘gift’ characters often insist on getting bigger parts as the stories move forward. 🙂
What is your favorite book in the series?
The Cold Kiss of Death for three reasons: it has my favourite scene (the one where Genny is running away from some baddies in Southwark, which is a fun scene but also sums up the whole theme of the book); it was the quickest to write (so far); and Mr Mac and I spent a fabulous few days in London doing a lot of the research, so it brings back some fantastic memories. (Of course, we didn’t have to deal with ghosts stalking us, or being on the run from the police, or evading baddies like Genny does). *g*
Have you already other plans for future series? Or is it top secret?
I do have plans! And like I said before, I could tell you but . . . yes, they’re still top secret 🙂
Can you tell us a little something about the fourth book?
Well, with the events at the end of book 3, Genny believed that she could get on with her life without worrying about the fae, or anybody else. But when Tavish asks for her help with a problem, which a mysterious vamp called the Emperor has to answer to, if Genny can find him, she turns to Malik for help. Only she discovers Malik is wrestling with his own demons . . . and that he might need Genny’s help more than she needs his!
Did you need to do a lot of researches for your books?
I tend to do research as it’s needed, either at the plotting stage, or when I’m writing. A good bit of the research is visiting London and the places where the books are set so that I can get the descriptions right. I also find visiting the places can spark new ideas, which is why Covent Garden is witch central and home to the Witches’ Market, and why Spellcrackers has their office there; that idea came from one of my early research trips. Other times I know I want to write about say, oh, eels (there is an eel ‘character’ in book 3, and in book 4, too! *teases*) so I’ll research the internet and books until I feel I have enough information for what I’m writing about.
Do you have a favorite author? Or a favorite book?
I have a ton of favourite authors, way too many to mention here, though I will pick on two – Jaye Wells and Ann Aguirre. Not only do I love all their books but I’ve been privileged to read their works in progress (and so get lots of sneaky early looks! Yes, I’ve read Ann’s Outpost and Endgame! And the start of Jaye’s new series! *makes everyone jealous* ;p). I’ve also been very privileged that Jaye and Ann have given me input on my books. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Jaye’s awesome Sabina Kane series then look out for the Giguhl easter eggs in The Shifting Price of Prey. *g*
Where is your favorite place to write?
Somewhere quiet with no interruptions and plenty of cups of tea – which usually, but not always, means home. 🙂
Have you ever been in France?
I have! Mr Mac and I LOVE it and have spent many holidays there. We’ve been to a few places in Brittany, around the Loire Valley and quite a few trips to Paris, which is my favourite city after London. :-). And now I want to visit Paris again!
Thanks again for having me, Melliane, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading!
Thanks to Suzanne McLeod you have the possibility to win a book from the series: The sweet scent of blood, The Cold Kiss of Death, The Bitter seed of Magic or The Shifting price of prey. The giveaway is international if Book Depository ships to you and ends on August 30th.
I haven’t heard of this serie but it’s seem quite good
thank you for the discovery
Thanks, Miki, great you like the sound of it 🙂
Yeah ! Merci pour cette nouvelle découverte, ma petite tentatrice préférée ! ♥
AAah tu as craqué, toi madame Ebook. Je suis impressionnée. Tu vas adoré cette série!
What a fantastic giveway. Thanks, this serie sounds very great 😀
Thanks, Mariska 😀
This is such a great series! I can’t wait to see what happens next for Genny. :0)
Thanks, Sarah! Hope you enjoy Genny’s next adventure 🙂
I really liked the first book in this series. I must get the next book One of these days.
Glad you enjoyed the first, thanks 🙂 #andyesreadthenext #theygetbettersoeveryonesays ;p
I have the first book, Sweet Scent of Blood.
Thank you! Hope you enjoy/enjoyed 🙂
Awesome! Sounds great. I love discovering new series. Will put in my TBR list. 🙂
Thanks! Hope you have fun reading 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
I am gonna be naughty and enter even if I have read the book 😉 I want print too, mowuahaha
totally understand you for that, I also would like my copy for the 4th book.
Aw, thanks, ladies 🙂 <3
What a great interview Melliane! And what a great series 🙂 I have an e-ARC of the book, but I’d love an actual book as well – I do that with all my faves.
Aw, thanks, Lexxie 🙂 <3
I have the first two books and I need this whole series so I can dive in all at once. 🙂 Oh and I loved the interview. I need to learn how to write so I can claim all the book hotties I create. LOL
I agree it could be fun!
Thanks, Melissa, glad you enjoyed. And reading them all at once would have you all Spellcrackered out! (sorry, couldn’t resist *g*)
Great interview! These books sound fun! Thanks for sharing them! 😀
Thanks, Liesel, glad you enjoyed. Melliane’s a fab interviewer 🙂
I keep meaning to read book 3. I got derailed by other books while waiting for it.
What? There are other books out there … *teases* Hope you enjoy #3 when you get to it, thanks 😀
I love reading about story inspirations and writing process, so thanks for interview.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Great you enjoyed,Brandi, thanks 🙂
Oh I love these covers. You really won one over on the cover god. ;D And stories to get back into. Thank you!
The cover gods have indeed been good to me! (must’ve been all those sacrifices, err, I mean prayers . . . *g*) Thanks, Melissa
The books all look amazing. I must hurry & catch up.
Thanks, and hope you enjoy 🙂
Thanks for the lovely interview, I really enjoyed reading it. I still have the third book to read, but I am looking forward to it.
Glad you enjoyed, and have fun reading #3 when you get to it 😀
A great interview, thank you for sharing it and I am looking forward to reading The Shifting price of Prey
Thank you! And I hope you enjoy reading the book, too 🙂
Thank you very much for the giveaway! The interview is amazing, very interesting!
Great you enjoyed it! Thanks 😀
I can’t believe there’s an UF set in London I haven’t heard about – where have I been??!! I will have to check out the series partly because Mellanie loves it so much and partly as Suzanne sounds lovely! 🙂
Aw, thanks, Mel. I hope you enjoy if you try 🙂
I am anxiously awaiting the Shifting Price of Prey, so hopefully I will win it!
Aw, thanks, Michelle! I hope you enjoy it: lots of stuff happens *teases* *g*
Thank you for the competition. 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
I wish I can visit a place that will inspire a witch central place for me 🙂
Covent Garden is a fab market to visit even without the witches (though would be way more fun with them *g*)
Thank you for the very cool giveaway.I can’t wait for The Shifting Price of Prey to come out!Thanks again, Gwen.
You’re welcome and thanks, I hope you enjoy reading it 😀
I’ve read the first two books and I really liked them. Can’t wait to dive in the next 2.
Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed them and hope you enjoy the next two as much – lots of stuff happens . . . *teases* 😀
I love this series, I cant wait for the next book! BTW: *Team Finn* lol
Oh, Team Finn! Yay! Finn thanks you *g* I hope you enjoy the next one!
Because of you Melliane, I bought the first two books! I keep my fingers crossed to win the third! 😉
And thank you for these awesome interview and giveaway! I love reading authors when they talk about their books… 🙂
Aw, thank you, Zendastark! I do hope you enjoy reading the first 2! And glad you enjoyed the interview 😀
Merci pour ce concours, je participe avec plaisir !
Merci, Lyric 🙂
I love these books! I wish they were easier to get in the US.
Aw, thanks so much, Sara! I wish they were too 🙂
Great post! Never heard about this author but for your post it sound very interesting. Would love to read this. Merci beaucoup!
Glad you enjoyed! Thank you 🙂
The series sounds vaguely familiar but I would love to start reading it!! Even if I don’t win, I may just buy the books =) x
I hope you enjoy if you do! Thanks, Heather 🙂
thanks for great giveaway^^
You’re welcome! And thank you 🙂
thx 4 the chance of win those wonderful books….
i hope i am one of the lucky one 🙂
You’re welcome! Thank you for dropping by 🙂
This is a new series to me. Thanks for the introduction to a new author. Love the interview. And thanks for making the giveaway international.
Thanks, Tamsyn, glad you liked the interview! (Melliane’s a great interviewer :-))
I’ve read the first books of the series and loved them. I’m definitely eager to finish reading this series and would love The Bitter Seed of Magic.