Today I’m proud to feature UK author Rachael Thomas on my blog. Rachael writes angsty Harlequin Presents novels for Mills&Boon. Read on for an interview and a chance to win an e-book copy of Rachael’s latest novel.
Rachael Thomas Bio
I grew up in the Midlands, but when I moved to Wales, over twenty years ago, I found a place to finally put down roots. I married into a farming family and embarked on a massive learning curve which also saw me learning Welsh when my two children were small.
Writing is something I have always wanted to do and I can still remember the thrill of one of my short stories being held up as an example to the class when I was about nine. It wasn’t until my own children were in school that I seriously started to pursue my dream. I joined a local writing group which met every Monday afternoon and being with like-minded people was the boost I needed.
Reading romance had always been my first love, and just about every short story I wrote was romance, so I decided to write my first book. During that process I also attended my first weekend writing course with Kate Walker and joined the RNA’s fabulous New Writers’ Scheme. A short time later I joined Romance Writers of Australia and learnt a lot from entering their competitions. I sought out courses and you can imagine my joy when I discovered Sharon Kendrick’s course in beautiful Tuscany.
Behind the Scandalous Façade, my So You Think You Can Write entry, is my thirteenth book and although only eight have those magic words ‘the end’ written on them the others are definitely part of the learning process I have enjoyed over the last six years.
I love escaping to distant shores with my characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.
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Q & A FOR AUTHOR RACHAEL THOMAS
Hi Rachael, it’s a pleasure to have you here on Amanda Writes. Today I’d love to field some inquisitive questions your way. Hope you’re game.
Hi Amanda, thanks for having me here!
1) Rachael, describe your typical writing day?
When I’m working on a book, I like to set myself a daily word count target and always aim to get this done in the morning. The earlier the better.
2) When do you write better: early morning or late at night?
I prefer to write in the morning, but life on a busy farm can sometimes get in the way, so one thing I’ve learnt is to remain flexible, so I can write anytime and anywhere.
3) Would you say you are a plotter or panster?
Definitely a plotter. I make lots and lots of scribbled notes before I even begin to write the first chapter – and I love post it notes!
4) Describe your latest book in one sentence.
Consequences of one passionate night bring Nikos and Serena back together, revealing troubled pasts and secrets before they find their happy ever after.
5) Tell us one behind the scenes tidbit about your hero or heroine in From One Night to Wife.
Nikos’s grandmother is the one person who can make him see things as they really are.
6) What’s next for Rachael Thomas?
I’m just at the fun stage of scribbling notes everywhere as I plan a new story, but readers can enjoy my next release in January 2016.
7) Any advice for aspiring writers as we close up this interview?
Write each day, believe in yourself as a writer and never give up!
One Night To Wife
A souvenir from her Greek affair!
Three months ago, journalist Serena James had her heart broken by a man she’ll never forget, especially not the fury in his eyes the night they parted. Now she’s back in Santorini to tell him that their summer fling had unexpected repercussions…
Mogul Nikos Petrakis is on the verge of a deal that will make him even more powerful. He doesn’t need any distraction—especially not a sexy redhead whose curves beg to be touched! But now that she’s carrying his heir, Nikos is forced to make a decision.
It’s time to make Serena his wife!
When one night…leads to pregnancy!