I'm pleased to welcome guest author Rachel Brimble to the keyboard today. Welcome Rachel. How did you get The Call?
The Wild Rose Press accepted my first book ‘Searching For Sophie’ for publication in January 2007. I had spent two years writing and re-writing this book when an online friend told me to bite the bullet and submit it to this new and upcoming US publisher.
That’s what I did and after one lot of rewrites with my fabulous editor, I received the email offering a contract. I was ecstatic!! There was a lot of screaming, shouting, laughing and crying before my husband and I broke into a happy dance around the kitchen, lol!
Name three authors living or dead you would want to have dinner with.
Margaret Mitchell, Jodi Picoult, and Nora Roberts.
Are you a traveler?
Unfortunately, only armchair at the moment – but once the kids are grown maybe hubby and I will get to go to those long-haul places we can only dream about at the moment!
Once you get to be a jet-setter, what places do you most want to visit?
Italy, non-tourist parts of the US like Montana, Vermont, Texas… Canada, and the Maldives.
Coffee, Tea, or Other?
What are you currently reading?
Apassionata by the fabulous Jilly Cooper & Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson – VERY different books but I purposely read from two different genres at any one time. I find it helps my own creative juices to flow!
What’s next on Your Reading List?
The Divide by Nicholas Evans.
What is your writing routine?
I write the most creative in the mornings but tend to write whenever I can throughout the day. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mum so I am jumping on and off the laptop all day, working on my current book around the housework and kids going here, there and everywhere.
I can’t write anything after 7pm, if I do I ALWAYS end up deleting it the next day so tend to just relax and enjoy my evening. I am lucky enough to have a garden office that is my haven and I use that as much as possible but just as easily write at the kitchen table, on the sofa, in bed in the morning…
Do you have a “writing soundtrack”?
Where do you get inspiration for your characters?
I tend to ‘hear’ my characters before I even know their stories – I hear the hero or heroine talking to me, telling me their problem. Every single one of my books has started this way and that’s why when people ask me where I get my ideas from, I can honestly say I don’t know!
LOL It's the same for me! What about plots?
See above – once I hear my protagonist’s problem, I have the basis of the plot. The problem is getting from A to B!
I tend to set my books in fictional towns in South West England because that is where I live and where I can write about most authentically. For my historicals, they are set in the famous Georgian city of Bath, which I am lucky enough to live just a short thirty-minute drive from. It is one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world.
Having said that, my new historical novella (coming soon from The Wild Rose Press) is set in Bristol where I grew up. A place famous for its harbor and Maritime memorabilia.
Plotter or Pantser?
I am a mix of a Plotter and Pantser – I have the idea, I write a two or three page synopsis and then start writing. The first draft is my ‘dirty’ draft when I just write from beginning to end. The second draft is where the hard work begins…
What are you working on now?
I am currently 20,000 words into a new romantic suspense which I hope will be number two in a trilogy set in a fictional UK seaside town called Templeton Cove. The first one is currently being ‘shopped’ by my agent and I really hope to hear some good news soon!
She's back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.
Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.
A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.
Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?