I'm fortunate to have Author, Rachel Leigh with us all the way from the UK today. Read on and let's find out all about her.
1) What is your writing routine?
I am mum to two young daughters (and a black Lab!) so once I’ve got the kids off to school, I write from nine to two-thirty with a dog walk in between. After that, household duties and mum’s taxi takes over but I am constantly sneaking back to the laptop. At seven o’clock, the laptop is shut down – I have learned over the years that anything I write after this time will be deleted the next day so I don’t bother now, lol!
2) Which author/s inspire you to write?
Nora Roberts for mainstream romance & Desiree Holt & Nina Pierce for erotic romance.
3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
Erotic romance or romance suspense – hence my favorite authors! Depending on my mood…or time of the day, these are my favorites. Having said that, I do read right across the romance sub-genres.
Favorite to write is erotic, both contemporary and historical. I hope to write a erotic Victorian novella next ;)
4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?
I read their comments objectively and then move on – you won’t always agree with an editor’s comments but there will always be something you can learn. Good or bad.
5) What do you expect from an editor?
Honesty – and encouragement. A lot of writers, including myself, are full of self-doubt and like to be told honestly if something is working or not. If not, let us fix it, if it is, tell us! Other than that, a jewel of an editor is the editor who makes you a better writer. They teach you as well as support you. When you find that, it’s fantastic!
6) Tell me about your latest release
My latest release is called Coming Back, released by The Wild Rose Press – it is a story of second chances, set in a small town in South West England.
Here’s the blurb:
Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean MacKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.
Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.
7) What are you working on right now?
My next story will be a novella with a British hero and heroine who have both moved to Zante in sexy, sunny Greece. I am about half way through and hope to have it finished by the end of October. Here is the working blurb:
Michelle Hutton leaves everything behind and flies from the UK to Greece in search of a new beginning. Her first encounter is with a sexy, pro-bono lawyer with a body that could adorn the cover of Playgirl. When they talk, he tells her his sister has a restaurant that desperately needs a new chef. Sam Clarke seems too good to be true. And Michelle doesn’t trust anyone else after being let down time and again by the people she loves. Including the mother she left behind. But damn, he’s hard to resist…
Sam Clarke is a busy man – a man on a mission to help women in jeopardy. So when a woman with hair like a sheet of gold and eyes bluer than the ocean walks into an airport bar needing help, what is he’s supposed to do? The electricity between them is hotter than a live wire and Sam soon learns Michelle is more than capable of demanding and getting what she wants. She doesn’t need him, he should walk away…yet time and again he goes back for more.
8) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Keep going! Writing is a craft that can be learned. Enrol in classes, read as many stories as you can from the genre you want to write, especially new stories that have just been published. The people who don’t get published are the people that give up. I truly believe that.
11) Where can readers find you?