Interview with Rachel Brimble
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Rachel lives near the famous city of Bath, England with her husband of 18 years, their two teenage daughters and chocolate Labrador, Tyler. She writes mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance & Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press.
- When did you start writing and why?
I start writing short stories in 2001 and novels in 2006 – The Wild Rose Press published my first book, Searching For Sophie in 2007 and I’ve had at least one book published each year since. I started writing because it was always a dream of mine to be a published novelist and I had a ‘now or never’ moment!
- What have you learned about writing since you started?
That it’s hard work! I have nearly finished my nineteenth novel and it never gets any easier. A lot of hours go into writing a book, plus there is editing and endless promotion. It truly is a full-time job.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
My latest book is book 6 in my Harlequin Templeton Cove series. Saved by The Firefighter is a contemporary romance dealing with overcoming grief and trusting someone else to take care of you. I loved writing this book!
- What is your idea of a perfect day?
A full day’s uninterrupted writing, followed by a delicious dinner of my husband’s amazing fish pie and a glass or two of chilled white wine. Bliss!
- Do you have any hobbies?
I’m an avid knitter. I love it and find it a huge stress reliever. I’m never happier than sitting in front of the TV with my knitting. Haha!
- What authors do you admire?
So many, but my favorites are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis & Philippa Gregory.
- What is the worst thing about being an author?
The time spent promoting rather than writing! It is so necessary to promote your work as publishers are doing less and less. It can be hugely time consuming but, hopefully, it pays off in the end.
- The best thing?
I think I have the best job in the world – to be able to spend all day making up characters and stories is a dream come true. I love nothing more than when a reader or reviewer tells me how much they love my books and why.
- What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Hopefully still writing and getting my work published. I truly don’t want to do anything else but write until I can’t any longer. Fingers crossed, the ideas will keep coming!
- What can we expect from you next?
My next book will either be a single title romantic suspense or an Edwardian romance which I hope will be the start of a new series. It completely depends who accepts which book first.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Write, write, write! It’s no good dreaming about something and expecting it to happen. You have to find the courage to submit your work to an agent or publisher, forget about it and move on to the next project. With hard work, determination and dedication you will be published. Promise!
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