Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Interview: Rachael Johns

What do you love most about writing?

That is a tough question!!! I could say I love the spark and excitement of a new idea and sitting down to a blank page just brimming with possibility. I’m a beginnings girl, so I do just LOVE this part. I also love being able to write at home in my pjs – that rocks!!! And I absolutely adore that through writing I’ve met some of the most amazing friends and had some awesome conference experiences! There’s so much to love about writing :)

Do you write in a notebook or by computer?

I write on my laptop. I LOVE the idea of writing long-hand in a notebook (sounds very romantic to me) but it’s just not me :( I have experimented with writing on an Alphasmart and I think I’ll be getting back to this very soon. It always amazes me how much I can write when I use this tool and when I’ll FAR away from the internet!

Do you have to have a note book with you at all times?

In theory yes. I’m ALWAYS buying little notebooks for this specific purpose (and I just love pretty notebooks) but I invariably lose them and end up writing any ideas I have down on scraps of paper or serviettes.

When do you get your best ideas?

When I’m hanging up the washing or having a shower or driving in my car. And I ALWAYS think I’ll remember them because they are just so awesomely fabulous, and I usually don’t. I also find ideas and inspiration in my own experiences – ONE PERFECT NIGHT features a hero who experiences night terrors, which is something I suffer from too. I wrote a magician hero once and my granddad was a magician. I guess as everyone says... the ideas really ARE all around if you just look out for them. Which also means they land ANY time of day and often when you’re least expecting them.

How long have you been writing?

About thirteen years, since I broke up with my first boyfriend. It was a cathartic experience writing up our story. A story that will NEVER be published!

Which part of the publishing process do you like the best?

I like the beginning and the end. I LOVE writing the first half of the first draft when you can’t type fast enough or find enough hours in the day to devote to this sparkling new story. And I also love the final line edits, when you know it’s the last time you’re going to see your book. I must admit by this stage with ONE PERFECT NIGHT, I was VERY happy to know this.

Do you have a crit partner or beta reader?

I have so many gorgeous writing friends who crit for me at various stages. Most of them I met through Romance Writers of Australia or blog land. They are all fabulous friends now also and each of them offer something unique to my work. I have one great CP who looks at the overall story and I have another who’s so specific she tells me all the words that could be deleted. I wouldn’t swap any of them. But I think when dealing with crits, it’s important to look at each comment objectively and really step back to decide whether you agree or not. Do not feel you have to CHANGE everything!

Have you ever written with another author?

One of my CPs Becca J Heath ( and I have talked about co-authoring a novel. We even got so far as to planning and deciding who was going to write who’s pov, but we never actually started to write. I’ve also started a book with my hubby (the night we met we discovered our joint love of writing) but that didn’t work out either. He is too silly  and I love him dearly! I would really like to maybe write a linked series with someone though one day. Think it would be really challenging to plan characters and an over-arching plot and then go away and write your part of the series. One day...

Which genre do you prefer to write?

Without a doubt contemporary romance. But I am a fan of mysteries and crime and have ambitions that maybe one day I’ll try my hand at one of them as well.

Which book of yours was the easiest to write?

I’ve only got the one published but it probably wasn’t the easiest to write, saying that I think it’s the best. I hope it is! The one I found easiest to write was a story I called FALLING FOR HIS MAGIC – it was a reunited lovers story, the heroine was a comedian and the hero a magician. I’ve love to rewrite this book one day with all that I’ve learnt.

Which character of yours did you fall in love with just that little bit more than the others?

I LOVE Peppa from ONE PERFECT NIGHT. She’s not had the easiest past year but she’s still so full of the joy of living and hope about the future, unfortunately it’s what makes her get easily hurt by the misguided hero, Cameron.

If you could do anything with a million pounds, what would you do?

I’d pay off our supermarket and buy a house where my boys are going to go to high school! Then I’d give one of my best friend’s enough money to get out of a yucky home situation. I’d give some to my favourite charities. Then I’d...oh hang on, a million pounds? I’ve probably spent it by now.

Is there anything you must have during the writing process?

Diet Coke. Lecture me all you want people but when I’m sipping Diet Coke, the words just flow. If I’ve already had my one daily can before I get to writing, it is always harder!! Not sure if this is simply a mind thing or there’s some magic muse ingredient in DC. Whatever, I LOVE the stuff!

Thank you for sharing a part of your world with us today!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog. It was such fun thinking up my answers for these awesome questions. :) Rach!

Visit Rachael's blog HERE!


Bronwyn said...

Nice one Rachael! Diet Coke? Seriously? Must be something creative held captive in all the little bubbles =)

Can't wait to read your book!


Karlene Blakemore-Mowle said...

Great interview! Well done Rach!Love the name Peppa!

Kiru Taye said...

Fab interview, Rachel. My ideas come at odd times too when there's no notepad to hand. I look forward to reading your book.


Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Rachael, fellow Diet Coke fan! Keep on writing contemporary, because I love reading them...
NIce interview!

Leah Ashton said...

Great interview, Rach! I can't wait to read One Perfect Night.

I had no idea you had night terrors! You poor thing :(

scarlet wilson said...

Great interview Rach! I'm going to introduce to Scotland's national drink Diet Irn Bru - you won't look back!

Cathryn Hein said...

Lovely interview, Rach. Still smiling over that first book you wrote post boyfriend breakup. Would LOVE to know what it's like.

Becca said...

Great interview Rach! Coke zero all the way I say! Can't wait til One Perfect Night is out for the world to read. Lucky we didn't both have night terrors when we shared a room at the conference.

Rachael Johns said...

Diet Coke is the BOMB Bron - see Kandy agrees :)

Karly - my hubby thought of the name. One of his better suggestions!

Kiru - why do ideas do that? Thanks for reading. Hope you like my book!

Yep - Leah - lots of night terrors here. Not sure who they scare more, me or hubby?

Scarlet - I've had Irn Bru during my year overseas but haven't tasted the diet variety! You'll have to post some over :)

Cathryn - you DON'T want to know about that book. It's TRAGIC!

Becca - almost shouldn't talk to you! Coke ZERO? Come on!! True re the night terrors :)