Interview with Victorian romance author Rachel Brimble

Rachel Brimble is here today to chat about her new Victorian romance novel, What a Woman Desires.

During her virtual book tour, Rachel will be awarding a signed paperback copy
of What a Woman Desires and a tote bag to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win these prizes, use
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lives with her husband and two teenage 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 and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for
Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in
January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.
is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of
America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think
You Can Write 2014 contest. 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.
likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow
romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Welcome, Rachel. Please tell us about
your current release.

What a Woman Desires is the third
book in my Victorian series with eKensington/Lyrical Press––although all the
books can be read stand alone. Set in Bath and the Wiltshire village of
Biddestone, What a Woman Desires is a
reunion story between upper-middle class heiress turned actress, Monica Danes
and her family’s groom, Thomas Ashby. Not happy at home, Monica fled to Bath to
pursue her dream of becoming an actress five years before the book opens – a
family tragedy means she has to return home…whether she wants to or not…

What inspired you to write this book?
During the writing of the previous book, The
Temptation of Laura
, Monica pushed herself forward even though I only ever
meant for her to remain a secondary character. I heard her voice so strongly
and knew her history and story were worth telling. I plotted most of What a Woman Desires while writing the
preceding book, it was most inconvenient!

Excerpt from What a Woman Desires:
Thomas clenched his jaw as Monica
tightened her arms around his waist. He longed to feel the weight of her head
on his back, too, but knew well enough she would not lean on him considering
the dark cloud under which he left Marksville the night before. He purposely
kept Jake at a slow walk, wanting this closeness between him and Monica to last
as long as possible. He’d been foolish enough to wake this morning, thinking
the night apart had strengthened his resolve and he would be strong enough to
accept her as his employer and nothing else.
Now he was with her, the notion was
laughable—but one he must adhere to.
He needed to play nice and convince
her staying at Marksville wouldn’t mean the future she dreaded. If he could do
that, he would keep his father’s legacy intact and maybe, one day, his son
would take the reins and become a groom to the Danes family as two generations
had before him. She had to understand positions like his and Mrs. Seton’s
weren’t just jobs, they were a livelihood, a lifestyle, and treasured way of
He’d come out of the stable yard
astride Jake, and as soon as he had seen Monica standing alone, her head back
and her breasts thrust forward, nothing of his job entered his mind. Only pure,
unadulterated attraction had surged through him. The sun glowed on her dark
hair like a million dancing lights and, with her hands on her hips, her
delicate figure taunted him with forbidden possibility that had lingered in his
subconscious forever. Even in mourning, the woman was beautiful.

What exciting story are you working on

I have just finished the fourth and final book in the series and sent it to my
agent. Once she has read it, I will send to my editor and pray he likes it!
This story is Jane’s story (younger sister of Monica) and focuses on her need
to sever the bonds of the unrequited love of Biddestone’s squire, Matthew
Cleaves…things don’t go quite as she planned.

When did you first consider yourself a
I would like to say it was when the Wild Rose Press published by first
book, Searching for Sophie in 2007,
but I still couldn’t tell people confidently that I was an author. It wasn’t
until I signed with Harlequin Superromance in 2011, that I truly believed in
myself and started to imagine a life doing what I love. Since then, I have gone
on to sign five books with Harlequin and four with eKensington. I am a very happy

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mum to two teenage girls – I pretty much
write from 8.30 to 5.30pm (with an enforced lunch hour) during the week and
then as much as possible on the weekend. Writing is my oxygen, I can’t function
without working.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I’m not sure that I have one! I need silence to create but can edit with
background noise. As for where I write, I can write anywhere – at my desk, the
garden, cafes, coffee shops…

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I didn’t know it for many years, but in retrospect, I always wanted to be an
author. I was avid reader as a child and used to write stories where I would
bind the pages together with ribbon. As I got older, I decided I wanted to be a
journalist but personal circumstance at home meant I left school and got a
‘proper job’ as an insurance broker. It wasn’t until my youngest daughter
started school that I had my ‘now or never’ moment. I haven’t looked back

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Yes! Look out for my next Harlequin Superromance, Her Hometown Redemption, coming in September. LOVED writing this
Thank you for being here today, Rachel!

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10 thoughts on “Interview with Victorian romance author Rachel Brimble

    • Rachel Brimble says:

      Hi Mai!
      I love the Victorian era because it was such a time of huge change – socially, industrially and especially for women. There's great scope for storytelling and scandal!

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