Welcome to the cottage, Rachel!
Please take a seat on one of the comfy chairs in the sitting room by the fire. What can I get you to drink?
Ohh, a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, please.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job! Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections! I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft. Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born! Since then, my other books have followed each year. And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.
Let’s talk about writing and books.
What does your writing space look like?
I’m lucky enough to have an office of my own in an upstairs room of our house – I have a huge white desk, matching bookshelves bursting with fiction and non-fiction books as well as a lovely big computer screen. The walls are painted a pale blue with two big cork boards in front of me which house pics and notes from my current works in progress. I usually have two on the go at any one time!
Sounds like a nice spot to write.
What do you like to do after finishing a manuscript to reward yourself?
Ever since one of my best friends bought me a Pandora bracelet a few years ago, I have treated myself with a charm…and, of course, I always celebrate with a meal out with my family and lots of wine.
You must have many charms on that bracelet. You'll have to let us know which one is your favourite.
What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new?
I am currently editing what will be the book six in my Harlequin Templeton Cove series. SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER is scheduled for release in November 2016. I am also writing the first draft of a new Edwardian saga, which I hope will be the first in an ongoing series. I recently signed the book (based on three chapters) with a UK agent and she will be pitching it at the London Book Fair.
I'm a big fan of the Templeton Cove Series! I've read every one, and I look forward to Saved By The Firefighter.
Now, let’s get personal!
What is one goal you’ve yet to reach?
The dream is to earn enough money from my writing so my husband can give up the day job and concentrate on his singing/performing which he loves. I like to think we’ll cruise around the world with me writing and him singing. Bliss!
I have fingers crossed that you will one day reach that goal.
Tell us about an especially romantic moment/event in your life?
The most romantic event in my life was when I…casually…mentioned that my hero, Nora Roberts, was coming to Ireland to do a one-off signing and afternoon tea. The event was taking place at the beautiful, 5-star hotel of Ashford Castle. We looked into the details and there was no way we could justify the cost. I thought nothing more of it and then my husband surprised me two days later by telling me he’d booked tickets for the flights, the tea and signing and a night in the castle! I still tear up whenever I think about it – it was two of the best days of my life.
Your husband is a keeper! What a thoughtful thing for him to do.
What are your hobbies away from the computer?
I love to read, knit, watch far too much TV and walk the beautiful English countryside with my family and our two-year-old chocolate Labrador, Tyler.
I love labs :)
Where is your favourite vacation destination?
I love to travel so still have many more destinations on my bucket list – my favorite places so far have been Rhodes and Verona. Gorgeous scenery and places of interest to visit.
Pick None, One or Both.
Tattoos or Piercings? Ears pierced
Paperback or eBook? Both
Twitter or Facebook? Both
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Wine or Cocktail? Wine
Early Morning or Late Evening? Early Morning
Optimist or Pessimist? Optimist
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? Vanilla
Spaghetti or Pizza? Both
Describe yourself in three words.
Caring, hard-working and funny (I hope!)
Thank you, Rachel, for visiting! It’s been great getting to know you. Please stop by the cottage again soon!
Where can we keep in touch with you?
Here's a peek at Rachel's new release,
Her One True Love
Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…
He Can't Let Her Go…
Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?
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