Interview & Contest: Rachel Brimble

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.

Bio:

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…

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17 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Rachel Brimble

  1. Maria D. says:

    I love historical periods the most – my two favorites are Regency, because of the elaborate style of dress and societies expectations and demands, and the Victorian age because of how society, science and industry were beginning to change and the huge impact they had on everyday people. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I’ve only read one historical romance and I loved it. How fun it must have been to grow up in Bristol. I’m always interested in authors from different countries. This book looks great!

  3. Hi Lisa – you are amazing following my tour like this. PLEASE contact me if you don’t win because I’d love to send you a copy of “Love’s Debt” anyway!!

    Hi, bn100! I try to portray as much of a ‘flavor’ as i can of the Victorian era but always worry that it won’t be enough for my readers. The fashion, the fears and hopes, the class differences and huge industry changes provide a wealth of topics to write about. Hope you enjoy my latest!

    Rachel x

  4. I love the cover of your novel, and what a great premise. I bet people are way glad they don’t have debtors prisons anymore. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  5. Chris Bails says:

    I love historical romances. I would love to see stories written around 1830’s or so. I love that time period. I love the fashion, how everyone is so courteous, friendly, and the parties/balls are awesome. Rachel you are a new author for me and always looking for new authors to check out. The book looks great, love the cover and definately on my must try list.

  6. Hi, Carin! Absolutely people should be glad they aren’t debtor’s prisons anymore – loved doing my research and I can’t recommend the recent UK TV production of Little Dorrit enough to have a tiny insight – fabulous!
    hi, Chris! Hmm…1830s, watch this space, I’ll see what I can do! If you download Love’s Debt, I REALLY hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Rachel x

  7. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Rachel on her success! I don’t have a particular favorite. Whatever piques my fancy and makes me pick up a book. I’m along for the ride, so I’ll gladly go wherever and whenever an author wants to take me!

  8. Crystal Newman says:

    I love to read historical romance books. I don’t know why something about the books just call to me and I have to read them.

  9. Allison Motherway says:

    I am so glad I saw this on Facebook. I love new authors and this looks like a wonderful read. Its on my “must read” list now 🙂

    • Allison Motherway says:

      I can’t decide between contemporary or historical..I really love both. Just depends on the mood. There is just something refined about historicals that I love.

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