Please welcome, Rachel Brimble:
1) What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write Victorian romance for eKensington and contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance. I write in these sub-genres because it’s what I love to read. The Victorian era fascinates me because it was a time of such change for women and industry, the potential for stories is huge.
As for the Harlequin books – they are all set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove. I have just finished writing book 4 in the series and can’t wait to get started on book 5. I could run and run with these characters. I love them!
2) What/Who inspired you to start writing?
I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was seven or eight and discovered Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books. I used to write six or seven page stories and then bind them with ribbon. I really wish I still had them, lol! After that, authors like Judy Blume and the Sweet Dreams books (remember them??) inspired me.
It wasn’t until the birth of my youngest daughter in 2001, that the bug really hit and I had a ‘now or never’ moment. I started writing short stories. My first novel (romantic suspense) was published in 2007.
3) Who would play your characters in a movie?
I am a very visual writer and need pictures to wake up the muse – I start every book browsing the Internet for pics of my hero and heroine. For The Temptation of Laura, Adam Lacey (my hero) would be played by the delicious Rupert Penry-Jones (Wentworth in the BBC adaptation of Persuasion) and Laura would be played by a young Elizabeth Taylor (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof)
4) Any suggestions for would be writers?
Keeping writing and study your craft – Nothing teaches you to write like actually doing the work. Read, read and read some more. Study the books you love from a writer’s perspective and see if you can pinpoint the highs and lows of the story, what you love or hate about certain scenes and why. This will give you the tools to construct a good, page-turning plot.
Also, I enrolled in as many affordable online courses as possible – there are some great courses on plot, POV, characterization and dialogue available for a few dollars via the Romance Writers of America chapters. I learned so much and made a great many friends along the way.
5) What makes a good story to you?
The characters – if you have characters readers understand and care about, you are more than halfway there. They don’t have to necessarily ‘like’ the characters but readers need to understand them. Many reviewers comment on my villains – they are horrible! Yet, they say they couldn’t get them out of their minds whenever they stopped reading. I hope this is because they leap from the page, they’re real and even though readers want to see them get their fall at the end, they understood their motivation throughout the story.
6) Do you believe writers are born or made or both?
Both – to be a writer, you have to be passionate about words. You have to read, and you have to have a burning ambition to succeed. Writing is a craft, it can be learned but the tenacity you need to succeed can only come from within the writers themselves.
7) Besides getting published, what was your awe moment?
When I signed with both Kensington and Harlequin Superromance in the same year – these publishers were both on my ‘dream’ list. 2012 was an awesome year!
Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…
Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?
After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.
Chris proves he can save lives—and weaken a girl’s knees. But how can she make him understand that she’s off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn’t even be a choice. Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that’s what Angela keeps telling herself….
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses and in 2012 signed 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 Romance Writers of America, When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…