Today I’m delighted to welcome Rachel Brimble to Me, My Books and I:
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.
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!
To find out more:
Where did the idea for The Temptation of Laura come from?
The Temptation of Laura is the second book in my ongoing Victorian romance series with eKensington. Laura was a secondary character in the debut, The Seduction of Emily. Whenever she appeared onstage, I found the words wrote themselves and knew she had her own story to tell. Laura is a prostitute striving for a better life and the idea struck me to have her hankering for a life in the theater…the rest is history!
How do you decide on names for your characters?
With difficulty! I know a lot of writers spend a lot of time figuring out their characters names but I literally pick names from a list. My Victorian books are set in the late 1800s so I search popular names from then on the internet and randomly pick one. However, if as I’m writing, the name jolts me I know it needs to be changed.
Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
All of them – in The Temptation of Laura though, I do have a very soft spot for Laura’s best friend, Bette. She’s a character I adore!
What do you hope readers will learn from The Temptation of Laura?
My Victorian novels tend to be darker than most historical romances and I love writing about the poorer end of the spectrum rather than the aristocracy. I want my readers to root for the underdog and cheer when they come out on top!
How long did it take you to write?
My books tend to be around 85,000-90,000 words and from idea to completed book, the process usually takes me about five months. I am quite comfortably signing two or three book contracts with approximately six months in between each book.
Do you think your writing style has changed since your first book?
Great question! I’m not sure that my writing ‘style’ has changed but my knowledge has grown immensely. As well as writing Victorian romances, I also write contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance. I think my style is recognizable in both sub-genres but I have learned to write with more depth, keeping the prose tight and involving the reader in the minds and hearts of characters while banning that pesky author intrusion.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am an avid knitter and TV watcher so the two go perfectly together! If I’m not knitting and watching TV, I am reading, walking the beautiful English countryside or socializing with friends and family.
Have you ever written something you hated?
Not so much when I’ve finished it, but I hate parts of every book as I’m writing! I suffer from the dreaded ‘sagging middle syndrome’ with every book. I hit 40,000 words and bang! I hit a brick wall. I’ve learned the only way to smash through it is to keep writing. I can always edit in the next draft
If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for a book where would it be?
There are so many places I want to visit in the world, I couldn’t possibly name one. I would really love to tour Italy and set a series of books in Rome, Florence, Venice…that would be a dream come true. I also want to visit the States and the Maldives…
Paperback or eBook?
Paperback…and ebook…and hardback – I read them all!
Telephone or face to face?
Face to face
Pen or pencil?
Tea or coffee?
Dogs or cats?
Any last words for your readers?
I really hope you are tempted to try my Victorian series! I am writing book three as we speak and contracted for another. If you like your romance with realistic and slightly darker themes, I hope you’ll enjoy my writing!
Thank you so much for being here today Rachel, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about how you decide on names for your characters!
Now check out the book:
“Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…
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…?”