Thanks for visiting Rachel!
1- When do you do your best writing? Morning? Evening? Or mid-day? And how do you organize your writing time?
Morning, definitely – I tend to start my writing day at 9am and do an hour of interviews/blogs/emails and then spend the next four hours creatively with a ¾ hour dog walk in between. Then it’s the school run and chores…often with sneaks to and from the laptop until 7.30pm ;)
Chores sure do cut into a writer's valuable time. Huh? lol!
2- Are you a reader as well as a writer? What have you read lately?
Can you be a writer if you don’t read?? I read as much as possible and tend to have two or three books on the go at any one time. Currently reading Iris & Ruby by Rosie Thomas which is fantastic, Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella, hilarious & Highland Arms by Cathie Dunn, fabulous Scottish romance from a lovely fellow Wild Rose Press writer.
I've met writers who no longer read for lack of time. I admit, I don't read as much as I used to or as much as I'd like. But I'm trying to fit more pleasure reading into my life.
3- How do you spend your free time when not reading or writing? Do you even have free time?
My evenings are usually spent in front of the TV with hubby and my two young daughters. On the weekend, we walk a lot. We spend hours walking our Labrador around the fantastic English countryside especially Wiltshire and the Cotswolds.
Visiting England is definitely on my bucket list!
4- Since I love to travel and seldom do, I like to hear about other places. It’s one reason I love to read and write. I get to travel in my head. Much cheaper that way. Lol! So, where do you live? What’s the climate and topography like?
See previous question, lol! I live in Wiltshire in South West England. It is full of surrounding fields and countryside steeped in history. I am attaching some pics of the surrounding villages, beautiful!
Who needs to go on vacation with such beauty right at your back door? Gorgeous!
5- Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
I haven’t really visited anywhere exotic yet although it is on the ‘to do’ list once the kids are grown. We’ve been to Zante and Fuerteventura which are beautiful places to holiday for sun, sea and sand.
I've never heard of Zante and Fuerteventura. I'll have to Google them. I love the sea and sand too. But I usually visit the NC coast since it's only about a 3-4 hour drive.
6- Was it vacation, business, or research? And, have you ever combined travel and research?
Holiday – although most of the places I visit usually end up in one story or another. I think us writers just can’t help ourselves. We have to glean every idea possible from wherever we go and experience
I agree. I also find myself taking pictures of random places and things in case I ever need it for a blog or inspiration for a story.
7- Where is your most recent release set?
In a bustling town in South West England – I based it on my own town but gave it a fictional name. Even though Paying The Piper is novel number six for me, I haven’t used my own town as a setting before so this one was quite easy to imagine, lol!
8- Tell us something about the book.
Sure. Paying The Piper is a great romance about two people fighting their demons in order to be together, set against the darker world of nightclubs.
Here’s the blurb:
Nightclub manager Grace Butler is on a mission to buy the pub where her
mother's ashes are scattered but the owner wants to sell to anyone but her. And that owner happens to be her father...who has a secret she
will do anything to discover.
Social worker and all around good guy Jimmy Betts needs funds to buy a house
for three special kids before their care home closes. Time is running out
and he's desperate for cash. He agrees to 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
couldn't be more different, yet one thread binds them: they're both trying
to escape the bonds of their fathers. Maybe the only way they'll be free is
by being together, instead of alone.
Sounds like a great read!
9- Lastly, what are you working on now?
I am currently writing a sexy contemporary romance that will be shorter than I usually write at around 65,000 words rather than the usual 85,000. This one is more category than single title and revolves around a heroine who wants to move her sexy lingerie and toy store next door to a single dad with four-year-old twins. Say no more… ;)
Talk about conflict. lol! That's going to be a fun read when it's done.
You can find Rachel's Paying the Piper at:http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=81&products_id=424
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