About Rachel Brimble
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.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live with my husband of 18 years, two teenage daughter and mad chocolate Labrador near the famous Georgian city of Bath in England. I write mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
Holiday is my luxury reading time! As we tend to book a two-week holiday, I usually take 7 or 8 books with me…not kindle. I love my kindle but I have SO many paperbacks on my shelves, this is the time I try to get through a few of them. I usually mix it up with some crime, some romance, some women’s fiction and some historical. I read everything!
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
I love the Welsh mountains so I’d love to spend a sunny day with the sun reflecting off the hills, a good book and a glass of wine. Bliss! My children, husband and dog around me all enjoying themselves.
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
When I’m not working, I love to knit and watch far too much TV…preferably with a glass of chilled white wine to hand! For outdoors, I love to go on really long walks through the beautiful English countryside with my family and dog.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
Anywhere and everywhere! TV shows and the news are great sources of inspiration as well as historical biographies and events. I have used my personal experience in a few of my books. The most significant being A Man Like Him, my second Harlequin Superromance. The first three chapters of that book are pretty much exactly what happened to me and my family when we were caught up in the 2010 French floods.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Ooh, great question! My all time favorite heroine is Scarlet O’Hara – I love her epic journey, both externally and internally. There are many obstacles thrown in her path and she eventually overcomes them…even if she doesn’t get the happy ending she thought she deserved. I love her tenacity and heart.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
I have so many! I love to read in the bath and in bed, in the garden on a sunny day and while walking the dog. Seriously! I am quite known around my local area as ‘the woman who reads while walking her dog’, LOL!
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I have been to many beautiful places but my favorites so far as Rhodes for overseas and North Wales for UK. Both relaxing and scenic, but very different. I’m going to Portugal this year so maybe that will become my new favorite. Can’t wait!
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
Sunny for me isn’t all about the setting – if an author wants to write a sunny story, they should concentrate on bringing forward as many positive emotions, events and characters as they can. Throw them together with a few obstacles and then add a happy ending and, for me, you have a sunny story.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I have just sent revisions back to my UK agent for the first part in what I hope will be an Edwardian saga and I am currently writing book 7 in my Templeton Cove series for Harlequin Superromance so, fingers crossed, those two books will be out in 2017.
For this year, my next release is SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER, book six for Harlequin (out Nov) – don’t worry, all the books can be read stand-alone so readers can jump in wherever they fancy!
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