Interview with Rachel Brimble
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Welcome Rachel and thank you for taking the time to chat with us.
Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near the famous Georgian city of Bath, England. She currently writes mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for Lyrical Press. When she’s not working, Rachel likes to read, knit, and walk with her beloved chocolate Lab, Tyler.
When did you start writing and why?
I’ve wanted to write since I was very young, but it wasn’t until my youngest daughter started school full-time in 2005 that I had a ‘now or never’ moment and started work on my first novel. The Wild Rose Press published Searching For Sophie in 2007 and I’ve never looked back.
What have you learned about writing since you started?
That it is most definitely a full-time job! Unfortunately, these days, it isn’t enough to just write a book and hand it into your agent or editor. You have to be on the ball with marketing, networking and constantly upping your game. It’s so competitive out there!
Tell us about your new book or series.
My latest book is number six in my Templeton Cove series (Harlequin). Saved By The Firefighter is mainstream romance centering around how the hero and heroine are dealing with tragedy in their lives. I wrote this book while grieving my black Lab who I lost in 2015. Getting the emotions of bereavement, pain and, ultimately, finding a way to crawl out of that black hole made the writing of this book extremely therapeutic. Especially because I knew there would be a happy ever after.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Writing until mid-afternoon (with a nice dog walk in between) and then sitting in the sun either reading or knitting. I am a complete sun-worshipper and sometimes wonder why I live in the UK, lol!
Do you have any hobbies?
Knitting is something I love and goes a long way to relaxing me at the end of another busy day. I tend to knit cardigans, blankets, and throws. The repetition is a nice way to either watch TV at the same time, or come up with new plot ideas or fixes.
What is the worst thing about being an author?
I can honestly say nothing. I love every aspect of what I do for a living and feel very blessed to get paid for what I would do for free.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
The creating…closely followed by the final draft. My process is to write the first draft without looking back and letting the creativity flow. However, the final draft is a chance to really whip things into shape, concentrate on sentence structure and the all-important emotional arc.
How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?
I currently have 16 novels and 2 novellas on the market and the genres range from mainstream romance, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and Victorian romance.
What can we expect from you next?
Ethan’s Daughter (book 7 of the Templeton Cove series) will be out in August and I then have a romantic suspense coming out with The Wild Rose Press in November. For 2018, I have Templeton Cove book 8 scheduled for February. Busy, busy!
Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Write, write, write…and submit! So many readers tell me they want to write but don’t actually finish a book. Writing is hard. Very hard. Having said that, I believe anyone capable of learning the craft and getting published. It’s important you are committed to finishing the book and then have the courage to submit it. It will happen!
And finally, give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft…it can be edited.
Please give our readers the following contact information:
Personal web page: http://rachelbrimble.com/