Special guest – Rachel Brimble!

It’s my great please to have multi-published author and all-around awesome person, Rachel Brimble, here with me today. What’s going on in the UK, Rachel?

Writers Block – it arrived and bit me in the butt!!

So happy to be here with fellow agency author, Dixie Lee Brown! Thanks for having me visit, lovely lady. Since I started writing for publication back in 2005, I am currently in the middle of my first ever writing slump and need to vent some frustration!

I can’t help feeling my inability to move on with my current work in progress has been brought on by karma. I have always said that ‘writer’s block’ doesn’t exist. Just write! Anything…everything…it can always be edited, changed or cut, just write. Well, I’ve tried and tried and still I keep looking at what I’ve written and say to myself, “What in the world is that supposed to mean? Do? Say? It’s complete rubbish.”

The answer, of course, is that something is wrong with the book itself, whether that be the plot or characters…but Lord in heaven knows what! Thankfully, I have an amazing editor and an amazing trio of critique partners who are stalwartly trying to pull me through this mire that is my next contracted book with Harlequin Superromance. Thanks to their feedback, I think the problem lies with my heroine and her motivation. It’s flimsier than a pair of seven denier pantyhose! No doubt, the mist will clear eventually… :(

So what happens next? Back to the drawing board, I think. My editor has a lot more belief in me than I do right now but that’s what writing is, it’s a hard, dirty job that a huge amount of aspiring writers give up on. Team the hard work, with the lack of ideas, with the time constraints, with the rejection and you’ve got to ask yourself, “WHY am I doing this?”

The answer is clear to anyone who feels, like me, they’ve found their calling…we HAVE to do this or be less than half the person we were meant to be. So onwards and upwards…watch this space for the result, which should be published in Christmas 2014. :)

As for other writers out there? I sincerely hope I’ve inspired, rather than depressed you, lol! You can do this and twelve books later, I wanted to share that it isn’t just you who suffers these days/weeks or months of inactivity, it happens to us all. Keep on writing!

Rachel’s latest release is a romantic comedy set in the fictional UK town of Potterford. 16 Marsden Place is available right now from Omnific Publishing.


There isn’t a situation that can’t be fixed by a coat of chocolate body paint or a liberal smear of Champagne Lick, right? Wrong!

Ever since her father was murdered by a gang of youths, Sienna Lloyd has named herself Potterford’s protector–her sexy lingerie shop is a place where the town’s women can visit and feel safe. But when that shop is in danger of closing, Sienna needs a solution that will keep her in Potterford, where she can always look out for her mother, friends, and clients.

The answer? Move the shop to her home at 16 Marsden Place. The problem? Her new neighbor, the delicious but seriously uptight Jack Beaton. Oh, and his four-year-old twin girls.

Jack has just moved to the tiny town of Potterford in a bid to start over. To build a new life that keeps his children safe from his alcoholic ex-wife. So when he discovers his neighbor intends to open a sex shop right next door, Jack will do anything to ensure it doesn’t happen… including fighting every ounce of his attraction to the shop’s owner and his innate need to trust again.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/16-Marsden-Place-Rachel-Brimble/dp/1623420202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372951456&sr=8-1&keywords=16+marsden+place

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/16-marsden-place-rachel-brimble/1115472157?ean=9781623420208

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/16-Marsden-Place-ebook/dp/B00D5VBW7G/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1372951578&sr=8-7&keywords=rachel+brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013.


She has just recently signed a further three-book contract with Harlequin Superromance, continuing her ongoing series set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited

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 and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!








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4 Responses to Special guest – Rachel Brimble!

  1. Dixie Lee Brown says:

    Good morning, Rachel! Boy, do I know what you mean. Writer’s block is alive and well in Oregon too! Sometimes it would be so easy just to give up. Go back to doing some of the things I haven’t had time to do for months. But that’s not going to happen, so we push on, right?

    I can’t wait to read 16 MARSDEN PLACE! Sounds wonderful! Thanks for being my guest today, and good luck with this book!

  2. Good Morning, Ladies! Great interview. Rachel, like you I’ve never believed in writer’s block. But lately my WIP has had trouble catching my interest, too. I need to ‘feel’ something for characters before I can start to write fluidly about them. *Sigh* A little time to get to know them, though, and I’m finally 25K words into it. Plus, I changed something in the plot that must make a whole lot more sense because now I’m typing away! But it’s scary when the juice just isn’t flowing.
    Helps to know I’m not alone. It happens to all of us sometimes.
    Thanks for a great post!

  3. Morning ladies!

    Terrific article. I’m a pantser, gung-ho all the way. lol So writer’s block and I, we’re best buds. 😉 In my last WIP, I hit a bout of writer’s block dead center of the book that just flat out stumped me. I could not for the life of me write beyond it. Completely stressed me out. I was not a pleasant person at home. lol Then one day I decided to hell with it. I was going to try it your way–I was going to just write and worry about it later. Oddly enough, I’ve found freedom in that. Turns out I was stalling myself by setting myself into this little box, because I’d read all over the place that’s what writer’s were supposed to do, and I wanted to be successful, you know. By allowing myself to do it my way, it’s freed me up.

    Good luck with yours. It’s cheeky of me to say this, but I’m positive you, too, will figure it out. :)

    Thanks for a great post!

  4. Rachel Brimble says:

    Good morning, lovely agency ladies! Thanks to all of you for stopping by :)

    I have spent the last week working on edits that dropped into my inbox as well as a requested outline for a third book for Kensington. This has proven to be a convenient excuse to ignore the fact I haven’t added a single word to the dreaded work in progress, lol! The good thing is, I am now in the fortunate position to have the most amazing, kind-hearted and honest editor at Harlequin and she sent me an email saying, “You’re worrying unnecessarily. Change *** and ***, don’t worry about *** and *** and just write. We can pick any other problems up in round two.” Blessed relief!!!

    I do not for one minute take this position for granted – I will never forget that I wrote entire manuscripts for 8 years before submitting and just recently started contracting on proposals. Who would’ve thought?? Not me!! The good news is, my editor’s belief has released the block and tomorrow I will sit down to write some words again, woohoo!!

    So good being surrounded by the most amazing writers despite that we’ve never met in person. One day, ladies…one day!!

    Rachel x

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