Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TBR welcomes Rachel Brimble

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Rachel. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Rachel: I have been writing seriously for about six years now and have six full-length novels and one novella published. I am married with two daughters and a third child by the name of Max, my black Lab, Max. We live in South West England, very close to the famous Georgian/Regency city of Bath.

When I’m not writing I like to read, knit, walk the English countryside and socialize with friends and family.

My vices are white wine, jelly donuts and TV crime and period dramas :)

TBR: Tell us about Paying The Piper and where our visitors can buy it.
Rachel: Paying The Piper started out as a romantic suspense but as I started writing the suspense lessened and the romance grew. Although this is a darker, grittier story than I have written before I consider it a mainstream contemporary romance set against a backdrop of UK pubs and clubs.

Jimmy Betts is my favorite hero so far :)

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TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Nightclub manager, Grace Butler is on a mission to buy the pub where her mother’s ashes are scattered – except the vendor wants to sell to anyone but her. And the vendor happens to be her father…with a secret Grace will do anything to uncover.
 Social worker and all-round good guy, Jimmy Betts needs cash to buy a house for three special kids before their care home closes. In a desperate bid for cash, he agrees 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 are so different except for one unifying thread – they are both trying to escape the binds of their tyrannical fathers. But is the key to their liberty each other?

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Rachel: A combination of the two – I always start a story with either a premise or a voice in my head (hero or heroine) usually shouting out their problem and asking me to help them fix it. I then write a two-three page synopsis and character sketches which usually throws up a few starting conflicts.
After that, I start writing the ‘dirty draft’ where nearly everything then changes, lol!

TBR: Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Rachel: “Set it up the way you want it to be.” Iyanla Vanzant

TBR: What's next for you?
Rachel: I have just sent the final edits to my editor at The Wild Rose Press for my next venture into the Victorian romance genre. It is a novella set in Bristol, England. Here’s the blurb:

To keep herself from the depths of poverty, Milly Shepherd needs to be appointed manager of the Red Lion Tavern.  The elderly owner is in failing health and has promised her the job permanently if no one more suitable applies.  Milly will fight with her entire being to make the job her own.
Joseph Jacobs needs to supplement his income to pay off his father’s creditors and save him from debtor’s prison.  Though the job as manager of the local tavern looks promising, Milly is favored by both the owner and customers.  Instead, Joseph swallows his pride and agrees to tend bar.
As they work together, their attraction grows, their goals cross, and both Millie and Joseph find they must face their fears …the question is whether they face them alone or together?

Hope to have a release date soon! I’ll keep you posted :)

TBR: Any other published works?
Rachel: I am published in Victorian romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and comedy.

I love writing across the sub-genres, it gives me freedom and keeps my writing fresh. I don’t choose my next venture though, my characters tell me where and when their stories are set. Here’s my backlist:

Searching For Sophie – romantic suspense from The Wild Rose Press
Reluctant Witness – romantic suspense from The Wild Rose Press
The Sharp Points of a Triangle – romantic comedy from Eternal Press
The Arrival of Lily Curtis – Victorian romance from The Wild Rose Press
Transatlantic Loving – contemporary novella from The Wild Rose Press
Getting It Right This Time – contemporary romance from Lyrical Press
Paying The Piper – contemporary romance from Lyrical Press

TBR: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Rachel: The most challenging aspect for me is the plotting and most of all, avoiding the ‘sagging middle’. I struggle with this each and every project. I am plagued with self-doubt and long to go back to the start or worse, delete the entire thing! You have to push through it. A blank page can’t be edited. That’s all you need to remember to succeed in this business!

TBR: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Rachel: Favourite authors are Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult – my favorites books of theirs are Montana Sky and The Chesapeake Series from Nora and My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth by Jodi. All time favorite is Gone With The Wind and new favorite is The Help – there’s a theme there! ;)

I am currently reading Please Don’t Stop the Music by UK writer, Jane Lovering & Outlaw in Petticoats by Wild Rose Press author, Paty Jager.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Twitter: @rachelbrimble

TBR: Thanks so much for visiting TBR, Rachel. All the best to you!


  1. So glad to have you at TBR, Rachel! Welcome.

  2. I, too, adored The Help. It's those unconventional southern heroines. Best of luck with all your new projects, Rachel!

  3. Waving to Cate and Rachel! I need to be better about checking in with you guys. You're both such great writers!

  4. I've just met 'Rachel' on Twitter and was delighted to read this feature all about her. Hard to believe she's only been writing for six years - good luck with Paying The Piper - it looks like a great read!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, lovely ladies! How are things going with Bittersweet, Jannine? I have downloaded and expect to read during my fab two week break to Egypt, yay!

    Waving madly to 'My Emma' as you are now known in my house and my new friend, Linn who I am complete in awe of, seeing as she has close on 2,000 Twitter followers while I languish at a mere 600+...amazing!!

    Right, off for a bath and my lovely pyjamas - I'll be sure to check back first thing in the morning!

    Rachel x

  6. Great interview, Rachel. I'm going to visit your web and blog next. your stories sound great and the covers are beautiful. Do you use a particular artist?

  7. Awesome interview! What a great cover and title, and the blurb sure makes me want to read it. I love Nora Robers and Jodi Picoult, too. :) Congrats on your success, Rachel. Keep up the great work.

  8. Great interview! I have to read these books!

  9. Rachel, another great interview. You are one very busy and productive lady. And your writing is fabulous!!

  10. Good morning!!

    I am so happy with all your lovely comments...I am quite overwhelmed *blushes*

    Hi Sandra! My last two book covers were designed by the immensely talented Renee Rocco at Lyrical Press but all my Wild Rose Press titles have been created by different artists. I am a very, very lucky girl!

    Hi Joya...Miss 'RT 4 1/2 star review' - LOL!! So, so happy for you! I have Beneath The Surface waiting on my Kindle - can't wait to get to it :)

    Hi Calisa! Take your time, get to them when you can - i hope they'll be around for awhile!

    Hi Vonnie *waving madly* YOU are the talented one, Mrs! Loved Storm's Interlude and of course, we both share the most fabulous agent in the world, thanks to you!

    Talk later,

    Rachel x


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