They say time can heal all wounds…
When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?
I hope you enjoy the interview.
1. When and where do you prefer to write?
I try to get most of my writing done in the morning – I usually start around 10am, turn off my phone and get words on the page until lunchtime. Obviously not every day works that way but I do try to write as much as I can before lunch. Then in the afternoons I work on admin that needs doing – emails, social media, blog posts, freelance projects etc. It hasn’t always been that way – until last summer I had a full-time job so writing happened whenever I had a free moment – waiting for the train, in coffee shops at lunchtime, before and after work.
I have turned the box room in my house into a little writing room and that’s where I do most of my writing these days. It’s just me, my desk, my laptop, my notebooks and an essential oil diffuser. It’s my sanctuary.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
I go for a walk every morning after I get up, then I have a cup of tea, listen to The Archers (a British radio soap set on a farm for anyone who has no idea what that is) and then I go upstairs and get on with it.
3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Only water in a bottle that doesn’t spill! I have learned the hard way the perils of eating and drinking near a laptop!
4. What is your favourite book?
It’s always a toss up between Dickens’ Bleak House and The Dark Half by Stephen King..
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’d love to write an historical romance but I’m not sure I could handle all the research. Like Jess, the heroine of The Pieces of You and Me, I studied Classics at university and Jess writes detective novels set in Ancient Greece which is also a sort of secret dream of mine. But I think for now I will live vicariously through her!
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, mostly people I used to know, but I can’t tell you who!
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do, but what I am notoriously bad at is having a pen. I can often be found begging random strangers for biros.
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
Psychological Thrillers. I completely get why they are so popular but I find that the tension makes my anxiety and insomnia even worse than it is already so I tend to give them a wide berth for my own mental health!
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Last year I read a series of romance novels by an American Romance author called Jennifer Snow. I absolutely fell in love with her writing, her dialogue and her characterisation and would love to do a collaboration with her!
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I travelled to one of my favourite parts of Spain to research my second novel which was amazing but I’d love to set a book in Tasmania, Australia. I used to live there so it would be fun to go back and research a novel.
Thank you, Rachel Burton and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….
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