Today I'm welcoming Rachel Brimble to my blog to chat about her new book.
My latest contemporary romance/romantic suspense is Her Hometown Redemption. Although it’s book five in my ongoing Templeton Cove series (Harlequin), all the books can be read stand-alone so readers can jump in wherever they fancy!
Her Hometown Redemption is a second-chance/reunion story between lawyer, Liam Browne and Tanya Todd, a woman returning to the Cove hoping for forgiveness from the people she has upset in the past. Working together, Liam and Tanya set out to find the man who hurt Tanya’s sister and in the meantime, trying to reconcile their very special love.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
The inspiration came from the book about Tanya’s sister, What Belongs To Her (Templeton Cove book 3). As I wrote this story, it became clear that, although off stage, Tanya had a story of her own to tell. Once I mentioned it to my editor, she was on board with the idea straight away.
Do you have a daily writing routine and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
I am lucky enough to be able to write full-time so I work from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, with a lunch break and couple of dog walks in between. At the weekends, I sneak in as much time at the computer as possible…without upsetting my husband and kids!
Can you tell us a little about your route to publication?
I started out writing short stories and once I won a few prizes and got published online, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a published novelist. I put my first book through the fabulous New Writers Scheme (Romantic Novelists Association) and it was accepted and published a year later by The Wild Rose Press.
Since then, I have had at least one novel published every year and currently write romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington.
What piece of advice would you give to an unpublished writer writing their first novel?
Push through to the end…and give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft. This was the best advice I was ever given. Get the whole story down, push through the hard parts and enjoy the easier parts, but continue to write through to The End. Once you’re there, leave the book for a while and then dive into the next draft. You’ll be surprised how much you have to work with and then submit. Writers who want to be published but are too scared to share their work with others will never be published. Simple! (unless you go down the self-publishing route, of course!)
What is your philosophy on life?
One of my favourite quotes is from life guru/spiritualist, Iyanla Vanzant, “Set it up the way you want it to be.”
This sums up my philosophy perfectly – if you don’t like something in your life, do all you can to change it. If something brings you joy, do all you can to keep and cherish it.
Who is the most fascinating person you’ve ever met?
I’ve met lots of fascinating people, but I think Nora Roberts will always be fascinating to me. Not only am I a HUGE fan of her work, but her output, stories, generosity of experience and encouragement are second to none. Someone I would very much like to be my mentor!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I’d love to work with animals, especially dogs. I adore animals and could quite happily spend day after day looking after them.
She's back to right her wrongs
She's back to right her wrongs
When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won't be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne.
Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam's forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya's second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she's changed.