I am excited to have as a guest author today Rachel Brimble, from the beautiful area around Bath, England. Rachel’s writing career is starting to take off now and you need to follow her work. She writes for Lyrical Press, The Wild Rose Press, and Eternal Press…at the moment. She has hopes of adding more publishers to her list.
Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer?
I have lots of cheerleaders and love them all! I know of many writers who don’t have the added luxury of a support system at home and that must make this job ten times harder. My husband, my parents, my friends and the wonderful Romantic Novelists Association (UK RWA equivalent) are all there for me. Without their support, I’m not sure I would have carried on writing as long as I have.
(Starla) Yes, a support system can make a writer’s life so much better.
How long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre?
I have written stories forever but it wasn’t until my youngest daughter started school full-time six years ago that I began writing with publication in mind. Once I knew I wanted to hold my own novel in my hands, the real work started. That was in 2005 and my first novel, Searching For Sophie was published in 2007.
My main genre is romance – but I have books published in most sub-genres of that!
What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing?
1) It’s okay to write a ‘crappy’ first draft
2) Promotion can take up as much time as writing but it is SO important!
Is there a general theme or message in your books?
My books all seem to have the message about learning to trust again. I had no idea I had trust issues until I started writing novels, lol! J
Do you write a story clear to the end before doing more than simple editing? Or do you stop after each chapter and completely edit it before moving on?
I write a story to the end hence my best writing advice – give yourself permission to write a ‘crappy’ first draft. I write to the end and then the hard work starts in draft two. It works so well for my output, you wouldn’t believe!
How do you deal with rejection?
Simple – Read it, learn from it and move on! There is nothing else a writer can do.
Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?
My writing schedule is great when the kids are at school, I can quite easily write from nine am to two thirty in the afternoon with two dog walks in between but after that everything is manic and I hardly ever get extra time to work. The evenings I purposely keep clear for family time.
The weekends I write as much as possible without hubby or the kids noticing – which often means sat with the laptop in front of the TV or in the garden!
How do you promote your books and yourself as an author?
Mostly by giving interviews such as this one, guest blogging and lots of updates on Twitter through the day!
Now let’s talk about your latest release, Paying the Piper…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 182 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: September 19, 2011
Buy Link: Lyrical Press
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
Yes! My hero, Jimmy Betts is the most wonderful, sexy, kind and intelligent man in the world – I literally love him, lol! He came to me fully formed and talking. He was so easy to write, I got into his mind and soul quicker than I ever have any other character.
He is masculine and strong but with a huge soft center – what more could a girl want?
(Starla) Nothing…it doesn’t sound like a woman could want more in a man.
Will there be any sequels to this book?
It is VERY possible because my editor keeps mentioning it! When (I hope!) you read Paying The Piper you won’t just discover a hero and heroine between the pages. I have created a cast of characters including four homeless youngsters who are Jimmy’s charges. All of these kids, the heroine’s best friend and the heroine’s father have great stories to tell.
Once I find the time…there well may be a series of novellas at least!
Nightclub manager Grace Butler is on a mission to buy the pub where her mother’s ashes are scattered but the owner wants to sell to anyone but her. And that owner happens to be her father…who has a secret she will do anything to discover.
Social worker and all around good guy Jimmy Betts needs funds to buy a house for three special kids before their care home closes. Time is running out and he’s desperate for cash. He agrees to a one-time ‘job’ for bad-man Karl Butler. But in a sudden turn of events, Jimmy finds himself employed by Karl’s beautiful, funny and incredibly sexy daughter, Grace. Their lives couldn’t be more different, yet one thread binds them: they’re both trying to escape the bonds of their fathers. Maybe the only way they’ll be free is by being together, instead of alone.
Grace’s mouth dropped open and stayed open.
He was huge. Huge and muscular, tall and strong. The saliva drained from her mouth, forcing her to snap her jaw shut so she could swallow. She felt her eyes expand in awed fascination as he stepped out from under the cover of chairs, crates and crap to stand in front of her. She met his gaze.
He held out a hand and nodded in the direction of the teenager who now stood behind him smiling like a demented clown. “Sorry about Billy. He can be a cheeky son of a gun sometimes. I’m Jimmy. Jimmy Betts.”
His voice was deep and rich. Warm and smooth. Grace blinked, licked dry lips and tentatively slid her palm against his. It was hot–in a nice way. Not in a clammy “I’ve-just-had-that-down-my-pants-hot,” more…open fire in a log cabin kind of hot.
She snatched her hand away, snapping her brain back into gear despite the fact her nipples now tingled. These two were trespassing. They had no right. “What are you–”
“Doing rummaging around in your rubbish?” The Adonis smiled.
She smiled back. She couldn’t help it–much to her irritation. His boyish grin kicked her in the stomach and sent her heart ricocheting to the back of her throat. His thick, black hair shone beneath the overhead lights, and even in the semi-darkness, his eyes glinted blue like cut Bristol glass.
“Exactly.” She nodded, not trusting herself to use full sentences. Her physical reaction to him was terrifying. Since when had Grace Butler wanted to grab a man’s face and mash it between her breasts?
He turned away and gripped his companion’s collar. “Billy and I come here from time to time to see if we can pick up a bargain or two. Say hello to Miss Butler, Billy.”
Her gaze shot from Billy back to Jimmy. “How do you know my name?”
He grinned. “What can I say? I read the occasional gossip magazine. You’re Grace Butler, daughter of the Great Karl Butler, and future heir to the infamous Butler Empire.”
AUTHOR CONTACT INFO
Author Website: Rachel Brimble
Twitter: Rachel Brimble
Email: [email protected]