British author Rachel Brimble was kind enough to drop by today to answer some questions.
Thanks for visiting Rachel!
1- When do you do your best writing? Morning? Evening? Or mid-day? And how do you organize your writing time?
Morning, definitely – I tend to start my writing day at 9am and do an hour of interviews/blogs/emails and then spend the next four hours creatively with a ¾ hour dog walk in between. Then it’s the school run and chores…often with sneaks to and from the laptop until 7.30pm 😉
Chores sure do cut into a writer’s valuable time. Huh? lol!
2- Are you a reader as well as a writer? What have you read lately?
Can you be a writer if you don’t read?? I read as much as possible and tend to have two or three books on the go at any one time. Currently reading Iris & Ruby by Rosie Thomas which is fantastic, Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella, hilarious & Highland Arms by Cathie Dunn, fabulous Scottish romance from a lovely fellow Wild Rose Press writer.
I’ve met writers who no longer read for lack of time. I admit, I don’t read as much as I used to or as much as I’d like. But I’m trying to fit more pleasure reading into my life.
3- How do you spend your free time when not reading or writing? Do you even have free time?
My evenings are usually spent in front of the TV with hubby and my two young daughters. On the weekend, we walk a lot. We spend hours walking our Labrador around the fantastic English countryside especially Wiltshire and the Cotswolds.
Visiting England is definitely on my bucket list!
4- Since I love to travel and seldom do, I like to hear about other places. It’s one reason I love to read and write. I get to travel in my head. Much cheaper that way. Lol! So, where do you live? What’s the climate and topography like?
See previous question, lol! I live in Wiltshire in South West England. It is full of surrounding fields and countryside steeped in history. I am attaching some pics of the surrounding villages, beautiful!
Who needs to go on vacation with such beauty right at your back door? Gorgeous!
5- Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
I haven’t really visited anywhere exotic yet although it is on the ‘to do’ list once the kids are grown. We’ve been to Zante and Fuerteventura which are beautiful places to holiday for sun, sea and sand.
I’ve never heard of Zante and Fuerteventura. I’ll have to Google them. I love the sea and sand too. But I usually visit the NC coast since it’s only about a 3-4 hour drive.
6- Was it vacation, business, or research? And, have you ever combined travel and research?
Holiday – although most of the places I visit usually end up in one story or another. I think us writers just can’t help ourselves. We have to glean every idea possible from wherever we go and experience
I agree. I also find myself taking pictures of random places and things in case I ever need it for a blog or inspiration for a story.
7- Where is your most recent release set?
In a bustling town in South West England – I based it on my own town but gave it a fictional name. Even though Paying The Piper is novel number six for me, I haven’t used my own town as a setting before so this one was quite easy to imagine, lol!
8- Tell us something about the book.
Sure. Paying The Piper is a great romance about two people fighting their demons in order to be together, set against the darker world of nightclubs.
Here’s the blurb:
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 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.
Sounds like a great read!
9- Lastly, what are you working on now?
I am currently writing a sexy contemporary romance that will be shorter than I usually write at around 65,000 words rather than the usual 85,000. This one is more category than single title and revolves around a heroine who wants to move her sexy lingerie and toy store next door to a single dad with four-year-old twins. Say no more… 😉
Talk about conflict. lol! That’s going to be a fun read when it’s done.
You can find Rachel’s Paying the Piper at:
Other books by this author can be found on her website:
Christine Warner said:
Fun interview and thank you for the mini vacation by posting those awesome pictures. Book sounds amazing and so does the one you have in the works. I'm adding you to my author to watch list because you don't just have one book I want to read, but a couple. Now that the cold and snow season is about to start, I have to get my stockpile of reading material in order. 🙂
Lilly Gayle said:
Thanks for stopping by Christine. I'm not fond of cold and snow, so guess I need to get my winter reading list together too. Ant that list will have to include Rachel's new book!
Rachael, thanks for the visit to England through your pictures. Paying The Piper sounds like a great read.Thanks Lilly for a great post! See you soon!
Lilly Gayle said:
Thanks Becky. I'll see you tomorrow.
Calisa Rhose said:
I can't believe these pictures aren't from some old magazine from the past! Wow. I am green with envy Rachel. Thank you for sharing your 'home' with us.
Rachel Brimble said:
I'm here!!!!I love posting these pics for you guys. I do like in a lovely part of the world and I know how much Americans love visiting Bath, the Cotswolds and the surrounding areas so it is my pleasure to be able to at least share a little of it with you!Your continuing support on this tour means the world to me as it is my first one and was really unsure whether I would be able to keep up the momentum. I am SO enjoying myself!If you do buy Piper, enjoy! I certainly loved writing it :)R x
Mona Risk said:
Rachel, you are giving me a pre-taste of England. Other than London, it's a place I am dying to explore.
Beth Trissel said:
It's gorgeous where you live Rachel. Here too. Plus you've got all that history. You don't need to travel, but if you do your mind works well too.your books sound awesome.
Cathie Dunn said:
Stunning pics, Rachel. Beautiful countryside. And the sunny skies in Fuerteventura are just inviting after our dismal 'summer'. Best of luck with 'Piper'. 🙂
Coco Ihle said:
Such a delight to see pictures of England again. I've traveled quite a bit in England and your area is a favorite. Thanks for sharing your home photos. Your books look wonderful, too!
Jill James said:
Great interview. Love the pictures. I dream of some day visiting England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Mackenzie Crowne said:
Rachel, fun interview and love the pics. I got to England some years back with three of my sisters. Loved the history of the place, and the yikes factor of driving on the wrong side of the road, and of course, the pubs! Looking forward to going back, but in the meantime, I get to visit through writings like yours.
Vonnie Davis said:
Hi Rachel **waves madly** Love the interview and the pictures. Wishing you great sales on your new book. Whaaa-hooo! Keep writing. Love your stories.
Lilly Gayle said:
Thanks for joining me today, Rachel and sharing your lovely pictures. You live where I'd like to one day vacation. Just doesn't seem fair. I don't think Granville County, NC is on anyone's vacation list. lol!But it's home.
Rachel Brimble said:
Thank you all so much and Lilly especially for having me here! I love sharing pics of where I live with my American readers. It brings us all closer, don't you think? I will make sure I take pics more often when i am out and about and post them on my blog.Really enjoyed my time here – all your names have been added to the running to win my backlist at the end of the tour. Good luck!Rachel x
Caroline Clemmons said:
Rachel, lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. Payingthe Piper sounds intriguing. You forgot to mention being trapped by flooding on a vacation. Certainly that falls under exciting for me. My husband and I enjoy England, and would love to visit again.