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Welcome back to It's Raining Books, Rachel. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
As well as Victorian romance, I also write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I love alternating the sub-genres because it keeps (I hope) my writing fresh and interesting. My books run to around 85-90,000 words and when I finish a project set in today’s world, there’s nothing more exciting to me than re-entering England in the late 19th century. I have so much fun telling stories from two very different environments and social practices…yet the emotions of the characters always remain the same. Love, loss, jealousy, revenge and joy are universal and timeless.
What research is required?
I am lucky enough to live just a short, thirty-minute drive from the famous city of Bath, England so chose to set my historical romances there because I can come and go so easily. Bath is rich in history from the Roman times, through to Regency and Victorian eras. The buildings have hardly changed over the years and the museums are fantastic. It’s a pleasure to visit Bath under the banner of research – I often use real buildings, churches and settings but the plots and themes need very little research because they are so emotion based.
Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.
Laura (my heroine) – tenacity makes anything possible.
Adam (my heroine) – true happiness is more often than not found in the place you were least expecting or where you were seeking to find it.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
No – does that make me boring? Lol! I write the entire time my kids are at school and once they are home, I write as often as physically possible. I use a Mac laptop and tend to write sitting on the sofa with my snoring black Lab beside me. I need absolute silence to create but often edit and complete promo work while household chaos erupts around me. Are you a plotter or pantser?
A mix of the two – I start each book with an idea or premise and then write a two-three page synopsis and character sketches for my hero and heroine (and villain, if I have one). After that, I start writing. I complete the first draft from start to finish without looking back. It’s in the following drafts that the real work begins…
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
Right now, my husband. I am completing this interview while he’s watching Gandhi on TV. It’s the weekend so the whole family is home…and avoiding the downpour outside! Such is the UK…
Anything new coming up from you? What?
My next book is actually due out next week – “What Belongs To Her” is my third book with Harlequin Superromance and the third book in my Templeton Cove series. It is a contemporary romance featuring a brand new hero and heroine…with lots of cameo appearances from existing characters from the first two books.
Here’s the blurb and buy links:
She's ready to take back what's hers.
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
Do you have a question for our readers?
Do you like series books set in the same town or with returning characters? If yes, which series is your favorite?
About the Author:
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 and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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…?