Rachel, tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m a mum of three, a pastor’s wife, a part-time student, and a whatever-time-I-have-left-writer! I live in England (East Anglia to be precise) and write inspirational medieval romance novels.
What sparked your interest in medieval times?
I’ve always loved history, and as a young child, I often visited castles and medieval sites around Britain with my family. I have some very fond memories of Burgh Castle as a girl, which is only a 20 minute drive from our family home. Burgh Castle is an ancient Roman fortress, later adapted into a castle. In England, we are blessed to be surrounded by so many historical landmarks, and brought up on the old legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood, and of course our Patron Saint George slaying the dragon. My deep fascination of this era, though, began as a girl, when I learned for the first time that the United Kingdom once consisted of many small kingdoms. I think this romantic notion of princesses and knights, chivalry and honour, never really left me.
What do you do to get yourself in the mood to write in your chosen genre?
I’m very much inspired by music and visuals. I often write in silence, but to get me started, I love to lock myself away in my writing room, put on a movie soundtrack (Tristan & Isolde, King Arthur, Last of the Mohicans… etc), sit back in my chair and stare up at my pictures on my wall. I have a noticeboard above my desk that I pin up photos of characters, scenery, historical objects etc. That, coupled with strong emotional music is enough to get me going.
When you get stuck in the doldrums what do you do to get back on track?
Take a break. I find if I get too worked-up, or anxious about writing, the creative juices stop flowing. Sometimes I’ll go watch a movie, or take a walk. More often than not though, I find further researching the time period helps inspire more plot ideas. I like to read about the folk lore, and the tales and legends of old. The Bible, of course, is also my go-to resource, and I can’t tell you the amount of times praying about my character’s problems have helped!
What are your interests outside of writing?
That statement makes me laugh. Is there a life outside of writing? I find that despite the best of intentions, my brain doesn’t always take a day off when I tell it to! Honestly, when I’m not writing, I’m at least thinking about it, whether it is on a current work in progress, or ideas for future projects. I love reading, getting out and exploring the English countryside, spending time with family, and being involved in church. I’m a keen learner too, and have 90 more credits in linguistics and English grammar to do this year before I finally get my university degree. As you can see, life is pretty busy.
Is there anything you can tell us about your next project?
Oooh, yes, well I’ve just finished my second book, ‘The Last Princess of Meigen’, which follows on a couple of years later from ‘The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia’. I’m now taking a little break to focus on my English studies and will then start the final book of the series, ‘The Secret Princess of Lindes’.
will be released on October 22nd on Amazon and is available now for pre-order here.
A tale of grace, forgiveness, and love as a forgotten princess seeks to reclaim her true identity.
It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen.
Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior.
Struggling with his past and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.