Today I'd like to welcome author Rachel Brimble
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Rachel
To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in the UK with my husband of thirteen years and our two young daughters. I started writing toward publication in 2006 and my first novel was published in 2007. When I'm not writing you'll find me reading, walking or watching TV…oh, and I am known to enjoy the odd pub meal and a glass of wine or two! ;)
Tell us about your latest contemporary romance Paying The Piper
The story is set against the backdrop of nightclubs and pubs in South West England - the underlying theme is learning to trust and the effects our fathers have on our lives. 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.
When writing, do you adhere to a strict writing schedule or wait until the muse hits you?
Absolutely strict writing schedule - I am lucky enough to be home full-time at the moment so I write from 9am - 2.30pm every day while the kids are at school. Once they're home the chaos begins but even then I am sneaking back and forth to the laptop. At 7pm, it's game over. I cannot write anything worthwhile after this time, so I don't even try anymore.
How did you celebrate selling your first book?
By doing a happy dance in the kitchen with my husband, lol! After that the kids joined in and we went out for a meal and a few glasses of celebratory wine. The kids had coke, of course ;) It was a fabulous, fabulous day that I will never forget.
Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
Everywhere! Writing is about observing and I think as you go through life and share in others, you garner more and more ideas. As I write romance, it is all about emotion so there are things happening every day that effect people on a deeply emotional level. If you just turn on the news or read a paper, talk to a friend or console a family member, the ideas are there.
What is the most interesting thing you've done in the name of research?
I write Victorian romances as well as contemporary so my favorite research is for my historicals. Bath is right on my doorstep so I tend to set my historicals in Bath and the surrounding villages which is lovely because I've lots of excuses for spending hours walking around that beautiful city.
What was the hardest aspect of writing Paying The Piper
? How did you overcome it?
Paying The Piper covers a darker, grittier subject matter than I've tackled before and my internal editor kept popping up and telling me to lighten up. But I fought her and glad I did - I had something to say with this book. Yes, it tackles homelessness and the seedier side of nightclubs but I think the worse thing a romance writer can do is ignore this stuff. It's out there and we should face it.
I love Paying The Piper and hope my readers do too. :)
What is a typical day like for you?
See above - Monday to Friday revolves around writing and then housework and taking the kids here, there and everywhere. The weekends I try to keep free for family time where we will do lots of walking, talking, cinema or catching up with family and friends.
Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
Very! Especially as it's an obsession for me rather than a job. It's what I want to be doing all the time so I often battle my guilt for the amount of time I am on the laptop and also my frustration when I can't be. It is part of our lives but if we want this badly enough, you will find the time.
I am lucky enough to have my husband's complete support - I am no idea how writers cope without theirs spouses support or worse, derision. : (
Could you tell us your biggest pet peeves?
Rudeness and ignorance - can stand either. I am a firm believer in letting people be and show who they are. Who are we to judge when we have no idea of their lives?
Sorry, soapbox moment, lol!
What exotic location could you see becoming your home away from home if cost wasn't an issue?
As I'm in the UK, I love seeing the small-towns in the American South on TV and also the open lands of places like Montana. But I also love the idea of living somewhere like Greece with it's fabulous beaches and weather. Hmm…
If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
I hope I'm doing it by leaving lots and lots of good books that they will want to pick up time and time again. What else does a writer want?
What song would be the perfect the theme song to your life?
Would it be cheesy to say 'Don't Stop Believing'? Probably, but there you go, lol!
What's your favorite invention?
The computer…no, the washing machine…no, the refrigerator…no, the TV…no, the…
Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I love hearing from my readers and want them to feel free to contact me anytime! You can find me here: Website, Blog, Twitter, and Email.
Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us today Rachel
Interviewed by: Tammy