Today we’re delighted to welcome as our guest romantic fiction writer, Rachel Brimble (on the left in the photo, sharing a moment with her favourite author, Nora Roberts).
Rachel’s latest release, Her Hometown Redemption, the 5th book in her Templeton Cove series, was published on 1st September. (Congratulations, Rachel!) Find out more about Rachel’s books below.
Rachel lives near the city of Bath – an enviable place to live if ever there was one, although Rachel has her sights set on somewhere even more picturesque – Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswolds. Her writing career began with short stories. Once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel which was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as recently signing two book contracts with both Harlequin Superromance and Kensington. Represented by US agent, Dawn Dowdle, Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Romance Writers of America.
Wanting to know more, I asked Rachel some searching questions:
What’s your best time of the day for writing?
I am much more of a morning person for creativity, but I am lucky enough to write full time so I treat my writing as a job and work from 8.30am to 5.30pm (with an hour for lunch) five days a week.
Do you have a target number of words for the day?
My ideal target is 2,000 words but more often than not, I am writing one book, editing another and promoting another. Some days I’m lucky if I write 500 new words!
Do you need to know the end of the book you’re writing before you begin?
I have a rough idea – I tend to write a three to four page synopsis before I start writing so I have something to keep me on track. Having said that, my stories do tend to change and develop throughout the writing that means the final synopsis sometimes resembles nothing like the first.
Do you ever suffer from ‘writer’s block’ and, if so, how do you get over it?
For me, there’s only way to get over writer’s block and that is to write through it. I usually stumble and fall when I start a book and then again at the halfway point around 40,000 words. I’ve found if I just keep writing, eventually something gives and I know what I need to change or delete in the next draft for things to be stronger.
I notice that you live near the beautiful city of Bath. Do you draw inspiration for your books from there?
All of my Victorian romances are set in and around Bath – how could I not take advantage of being so close to such a fascinating place? The buildings, the stories, the many famous people who’ve lived there all offer a great starting place for romance.
Your book covers are eye-catching. How important do you think covers are, and how much input do you have with yours?
I have been very lucky with my covers so far! I have very little input and only get the opportunity to push forward a few ideas when completing the publishers’ art sheet. I often wonder where the end result came from, but generally, I’m always happy.
Writers are asked all the time where they get their ideas from. How do you answer that question?
Anywhere and everywhere – a lot of my ideas come from news stories or a real event from history…even my own life. People tend to think writers sit around eavesdropping on their conversations, lift them and write about them. I definitely have never done that!
What’s your favourite kind of holiday?
Poolside somewhere hot where I can lay in the sun all day and read…
What’s your happiest childhood memory?
I have many but some of my best are going to work with my dad – he used to take me everywhere with him when I was young.
Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?
Nora Roberts – my all-time favourite author.
What book do you wish you’d written?
I love ‘Gone with the Wind’ and would love to write a great, sweeping epic of a story one day. To juggle a huge timeline as well as a great cast of characters is something to be admired and I think Margaret Mitchell deserves a massive cheer from writers everywhere.
Tell us about your latest book and where we can find it.
My latest release is book 5 in my ongoing Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance. All the stories can be read as stand-alone and are a mix of mainstream romance and/or romantic suspense. Her Hometown Redemption is a reunion story between Templeton Cove residents Tanya Todd and Liam Browne – they are thrown back together as they search for the man who hurt Tanya’s sister years before…
She’s back to right her wrongs.
When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won’t be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne. Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam’s forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya’s second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she’s changed.
You can buy the book here:
And finally, what’s next for you, Rachel?
My next release will be my fourth Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical Press. Her One True Love is released March 2016 and is set in Bath and the nearby village of Biddestone.
Thanks Rachel, and once again, congratulations on your new book. Best of luck for all those books to come, and I hope that one day you fulfil your Cotswold dream.