Getting to Know the Author: Rachel Brimble

Me at Ashford2Welcome Rachel.

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I write Victorian romance for eKensington and mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance.

Victorian became a favourite of mine because the period fascinates me. It was such a time of change, especially for women, which means I have lots of events and people to inspire stories.

Romance and romantic suspense are two of my favourite genres to read so it’s why I write them. If I had to choose, I love the suspense the most.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

I am usually writing one novel, editing another and promoting another at any one time. Busy, busy!

Cover 5Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I have three critique partners who I’ve been working with for a number of years now. We exchange a chapter at a time during our first drafts which really helps in spotting problem areas early on, giving us plenty of time to fix them. I’d be lost without my ladies!

Can you remember your first reading book?

Not my first reading book, but I do remember the first book that I couldn’t put down. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – she was a massive influence of me wanting to write. Especially when I discovered her Secret Seven series.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

No, not really – occasionally, I’ll nibble some cashew nuts, but once I start, I can’t stop so tend to avoid them altogether!

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Somewhere in between! I have had my own room for just a little over a year now, which is fantastic. The walls are painted a pale blue and I have a huge white desk and matching standing bookshelves holding both fiction and non-fiction books. On my desk are three trays, several folders that look like books, my screen/keyboard and printer. On the wall in front of me are two big cork boards which I use for notes/pictures relating to my current work in progress.

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

Traditional – The Wild Rose Press published my first novel, Searching For Sophie, in 2007 and I continued to write for them and Lyrical Press for a few years. In 2011, I secured my US agent and have written for Harlequin and eKensington ever since. I recently signed with a UK agent who will shopping out a new Edwardian novel very soon.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis & Jean Fullerton – I love their styles and stories. They are my go-to authors and pretty sure they have had an influence on my own writing.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Be certain it is your best work before submitting, but once it’s gone, try to forget about it and move onto your next project. Publishing is notoriously slow and if you sit around waiting for responses, you’ll find it hard to keep your name out there. As for the manuscript itself, be sure to check publisher/agent guidelines before you submit – you don’t want a rejection without someone even bothering to read your proposal.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

This is an easy question because I am such a visual writer – I tend to trawl the internet looking for my hero and heroine before I even start writing. For Her One True Love, I would have Richard Armitage playing Matthew and Poppy Drayton playing Jane.Her One True Love Tour Banner

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Cover 5Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can’t Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavoured to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits–including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?


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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for three more.
She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical and hoping to sign a new contract for further historical romances shortly.
When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family.


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Genre: Victorian romance
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Publisher: eKensington/Lyrical Press
She Can’t Forget Him…

About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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2 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Rachel Brimble

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Interesting interview, as ever! Thanks, both. There’s just something about the Victorian Era that lends itself to a good romance, isn’t there? Wishing you much success.

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