Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#WWW Sleeping Children = Writing Time! #WritersLife

Romance author, Rachel Brimble's, Journey to Publication

I have wanted to write forever and when I finished working in a bank in 1999 to have my first daughter, I had a ‘now or never’ moment and enrolled in a distance learning creative writing course. It was a mistake in that I had no idea how much time and energy is would take to look after a baby who a) liked to cry a lot and b) didn’t go that much on the sleeping thing.

The course was promptly abandoned in favor of motherhood.

Then when I fell pregnant with daughter number two in 2001, the ‘now or never’ moment reemerged and this time refused to go away…plus this daughter slept! I began writing short stories and had some success in women’s magazines, and even more success in online competitions. This gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a published romance novelist.

Several online courses later…I felt I had learned my craft well enough to start writing seriously toward publication. In 2006, The Wild Rose Press accepted my first novel ‘Searching For Sophie’. Hurrah!!

Since then I have had several novels (romantic suspense, contemporary romance, romantic comedy and historical) published by small presses, but it wasn’t until 2011 when I secured a US agent, that things really took an upturn.

Now I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance for Harlequin Superromance (three published and a further two contracted) and Victorian romance for eKensington (two published and a further two contracted).

I adore writing and am truly living the dream of getting paid to do something that I would willingly do for free. Fingers crossed, I will continue to be offered contracts and continue to have readers write to me telling me how much they enjoy my books. The plan is to write for as long as possible…eventually aboard a luxury cruise liner while my husband and I tour the world!


Rachel’s latest release with Kensington is The Temptation of Laura. Here is the blurb & buy links:

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…?


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!

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  1. Hi Terri!

    Thanks for having me here today and giving me a chance to share my writing journey - looking forward to chatting with your visitors :)

    1. You're welcome! Best of luck with your new release. :)

  2. Started with a small press and worked your way up - well done, Rachel!

    1. Thanks, Alex! I really leaned so much from each and every editor to get me to this point in my career. I sometimes think working our way up to success is the best way rather than being flung in at the deep end :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Rachel x