Jen: Please help us welcome Rachel Brimble to Romancing the Book. Rachel, will you tell us about Love’s Debt and where the idea came from?
Rachel: Love’s Debt is set in the English maritime city of Bristol – which is actually where I grew up. The idea came from a recent visit to the docks there. My husband and I were strolling around the harbor side and I immediately ‘saw’ both Milly, my heroine, and Joseph, my hero, arguing at the quayside.
It was then just a case of working out why they were arguing and who they were – the argument takes place about half way through the story!
Jen: What kind of research did you have to do for this book?
Rachel: Not much, because I know Bristol well and also the issues dealt with through the book are more emotional than anything else. I tend to focus on emotion in my historical books because emotions–love, hate, jealousy, joy–they never change which means people living in the 1800s would have felt things exactly the same way regardless of their living conditions or constraints.
Jen: How do you come up with the character’s names?
Rachel: I start each story with a character sketch and by the time I’ve filled in the chart, I usually have a name pop into my head. I’m not sure how or why the names appear but hope they suit the personality I’ve created.
Name are difficult – titles even more so!
Jen: If you could time travel, where would you go? What three things would you take with you?
Rachel: The Victorian era, of course! I love the time of such complete change for men, women, industry, entertainment – everything was on the cusp of a new and exciting time. Hmm…three things? Deodorant (!!), my glasses and a copy of Gone With The Wind, lol!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Rachel: I have just started the second Victorian novel in a two book deal I have just contracted with Kensington. I am still in the planning stages and my editor is expecting a full outline by October 1st. Things are not going as smoothly as I’d like but at least I have a semblance of an idea…watch this space!
My next release is a contemporary romantic suspense with Harlequin Superromance. So excited! Finding Justice will be available from Amazon and bookstores from February 2013.
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as securing her first contract with Harlequin Superromance in May 2012 and a two book Victorian romance contract with Kensington in August.
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. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…