Friday, October 8, 2010

In the Author Spotlight: Rachel Brimble

Cate: Please welcome Rachel Brimble. Rachel, will you please share a short bio with us?
Rachel: Of course – I live in the UK with my husband, two young daughters and black Labrador, Max. I have been writing novels since 2006 but wrote short stories for a few years before that.
My favorite pastimes are reading, socializing, knitting and cinema – probably in that order, LOL!

Cate: Tell us about Transatlantic Loving and where it's available.
Rachel: Transatlantic Loving is part of the new Class of ’85 series from The Wild Rose Press. I am thrilled to be part of a such a great concept by editor Kathy Cottrell where all the characters are invited to attend the Class of ’85 reunion – whether they attend or not and what happens is up to each contributing author.
My story is about my American hero who is now a soccer coach at the school and a visiting Brit who accompanies her friend to the party. When these two meet, sparks fly and the fun begins! I loved writing this story, the hero is delicious and the heroine just fabulous…even if I do say so myself!
Here’s the link.

Cate: Sounds fun! Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Rachel: Here’s the blurb:
In a desperate bid to escape the bitter reality of her children accepting her ex-husband’s new – and younger – fiancée, Lisa Cavendish travels from the UK to accompany her friend to a high school reunion. Forced to dress as Madonna in her hey day, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with the school’s coach, who seems to hold as much regard for his child as her ex did when he walked out…
Aaron Taylor can’t believe his eyes or ears when he is introduced to Lisa – sexy and funny, she has no idea how her accent enhances the heartbreaking wait he endures waiting for his daughter to call him back to the UK. But after spending just three short weeks with Lisa, he sees the answer to his pain in the eyes of the most phenomenal British lady he has ever met.

Cate: Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Rachel: Aaron is sexy, funny, determined and has a heart bigger than upstate New York inside that fabulous chest of his. I adore him. He takes one look at Lisa Cavendish and want to make everything better for her. What woman could ask for more?

Cate: Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
Rachel: Summerville is a place bursting with great and fascinating characters – their stories are woven together in a fabulous reunion where anything is possible. Older heroes and heroines chasing second chances, finding love for the first time, being as naughty as they are nice. I love Summerville and know you will too!

Cate: I love interconnected stories. What's next for you?
Rachel: My next book, a contemporary romance is due for release by my brand new publisher, Lyrical Press is January 2011. This is my first book with Lyrical but it definitely won’t be my last – I’ve loved working with them on Getting It Right This Time.
Here’s the blurb:
She’s back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.
Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.
A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.
Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

Cate: What inspired you to draft your first story?
Rachel: I hate to admit it but I can’t even remember my first story! I started writing so many years ago now, it’s hard to think that far back. My first novel, Searching For Sophie (available from The Wild Rose Press) was inspired by my husband being adopted. I started wondering how his birth mother would feel if she knew he’d been abducted…

Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Rachel: Yes, write as much as possible every dang day! LOL! That’s it. I have a part-time job, two young children, husband and dog who take up a lot of my time so I literally write around them and the rest of my commitments. Some days I can achieve 2,500 words, other days I’m lucky if I manage 200! But whatever I do, I write something every single day.

Cate: Great strategy! Where can readers find you on the web?
Rachel: My website is:
My blog:

Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Rachel: Yes, what is your favorite length of story? Novel, novella or short?

Cate: Readers, Rachel is giving away a book to a random commenter... so start commenting. She'll pick a winner on Friday, October 15th.

Thanks so much for being my guest Rachel!


Unknown said...

Great interview:) Love this blog Cate, I need to get to it more often. Congrats on your latest release:)

Best Wishes,
tonyacallihan AT hotmail DOT com

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Rachel and Cate,
Great interview.I envy you your writing routine Rachel with me it is mainly hit and miss.



Lilly Gayle said...

I'm hearing nothing but good things about the Class of 85 Series and you story sounds like a great addition. I'm going to have to check this series out and see what other good stories I can find to add to my collection of "must" read books.

Rachel Lyndhurst said...

Hello Cate and Rachel,

My fave stories are about
50 - 60K, in length otherwise they won't get finished!

You're doing OK on the wordcount too, Rachel. I've done nothing this week and have very little excuse!

Good luck with it all!



P.L. Parker said...

Good Morning Ladies, loved the post, books sound great.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for commenting today - I am putting your names into my little black bag as we speak. I am giving away either a signed paperback copy of any of my other books or a downloadable copy of Transatlantic so spread the word!

Finding the time to write has to be the most frustrating thing about this passion, don't you think? Until writers are household names, I think we feel guilty about our work time. Or is that just me??

Off of the school run now but I'll be back later.


Emma Lai said...

Great interview, ladies. Congrats on your TWRP release and the upcoming one with Lyrical, Rachel!

I'm a fan of shorts and novels. I do read novellas, but not quite as often.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rachel,
Your Summerville title sounds wonderful.

Mimi barbour said...

I enjoyed the interview and reading about your success Rachel.
Your question about which length I of novel I like writing the best made me stop and think for a few moments. I guess I like writing the story. If it's over after 20,000 words - it's okay. When I can plot for longer and still keep it sharp, then I do...who doesn't like that paperback??

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Emma, Liz + Mimi!

Great to see you here! I find it really interesting to see what people read + write. Until recently I only read + wrote novels but now I'm loving shorter works more + more. Its great being to pick up a story and finish it in one sitting, don't you think?

Your names are added to the bag! Thanks so much for having me visit again, Cate - I love being here.

Right, it is 8pm here in the UK - I have a glass of Pinot Grigio calling me!


Cate Masters said...

Always happy to have you Rachel! I'm glad you asked the question about length, always interesting to hear readers' preferences.

Debra St. John said...

Hi Cate and Rachel,

Nice interview, ladies.

Rachel, as you know, I love the sound of your book for the Class of '85 series, and "Getting It Right This Time" sounds just as good. Can't wait for January!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Enjoyed the interview, Cate and Rachel.

What length story do I like? It all depends on the time I have. Sometimes a short tale is all I'm in the mood for. When I have time, I go for a novel lenghth. :)

I wish you well with your new releases. They sound wonderful.

Sherry Gloag said...

The thing I'm getting about The Class of '85 series is just how diverse all the stories are, and I know I'm going to have to go out and buy the all.
Best wishes for all your books, Rachel.
Great interview, ladies, thanks.