The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Time for a self-interview - enjoy!

1) What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Everything! I seriously love every part of it. The planning, the writing, the editing, receiving the cover art, everything. I dream of being able to earn enough to write full time because I really don’t want to do anything else.

I have a wonderful family around me, friends too, and their support and belief me is all the motivation I need. I have my wonderful husband to drag me away from the laptop when my eyes start to cross and put a crisp, chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc in my hand. What more could a lady ask for? So with a successful writing career added to the mix, I will be in heaven.

2) Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A plotter – an idea usually comes to me through a character. I tend to hear either the hero or heroine speaking in my mind and then I spend the next few weeks listening until I figure out, firstly where their story belongs – i.e: contemporary or historical, suspense or comedy, traditional or erotic…

Once I have that sorted in my mind, I have a rough premise of the story and then I will sit down to start the painful process of writing a two or three page synopsis.

With that done, I break down the chapters and then the writing begins – but things always, always change so there is a definite bit of a pantser in me too!

3) Describe to us your typical day

I usually wake at seven am and get my daughters up and ready for school. Once I have dropped them off, I rush home and take the dog out for a walk before squeezing in half an hour on the laptop. This half an hour usually entails answering emails or if it’s a Tuesday or Thursday, I use this time to upload my guest authors’ blog posts.

Then it’s a quick change of clothes and off to work from 10am to 2.30pm – then back to school to pick the kids up and then home.

Now, this is where I can either be good or naughty – do I get on with the pile of ironing, cleaning and chores I need to get done or do I grab a couple of hours on the laptop while ignoring all that and the kids?? Mmm, no comment.

4) What’s a guilty pleasure you have?

With the risk of being judged as the worst mother in the world – there is nothing I like more than paying my daughters’ to rub my feet while I sit back enjoying a glass of wine and catching up on my favourite US dramas! (I know, I know – terrible, terrible mother!)

5) Which is sexier? Boxers or briefs?

Boxers every time for me!

6) Who’s more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?

Mmm, perfect gentlemen – bad boys are out there for everyone to see, but a perfect gentleman is like a Christmas present. Surely there is nothing sexier that drawing open the ribbon and slowly peeling back the paper until you find the raw, hot-blooded male who will take you when he wants, how he wants, make you scream out his name while…ahem…yes, perfect gentlemen are my thing!

7) If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?

A copy of Gone With The Wind – only book I have read more than three times!

Pen and paper

8) What’s the number one on your list of things you hope to do before you die?

Make a comfortable living as a romance novelist!


  1. Love it!
    We all need a little self interview once and a while!!
    and a foot rub, more than once and a while!!

    Cheers for the enjoyable read!

  2. No fair, my kids wouldn't do that even for money!

    On the bad boy thing-- what I love is a Bad Boy that is a gentlemen at heart:) So, you get the entire package. LOL

  3. I prefer having my back scratched over having my feet rubbed. Calvin's the best at that.

    Lovely post, and I hope you get your wish. Now that I'm retired, I write full-time and it's glorious!

  4. Wonderful self-interview, Rachel. I used to get spoiled by my girls rubbing my back. Now they're too old to do that for Mom. :(

    I hope you get your dream. I stay at home and really love it, but I need to learn to focus my time and write more. Maybe a part time job would help me learn to value my time more?

  5. I really enjoyed that interview, hun! I'm not beneath bribing my kids to rub my feet and head either - one at each end if I can get away with it!

    And here's me raising a glass to making some serious cash!


  6. Rachel you are so not a bad mother! I have my son karate chop my back all the time. He thinks its fun. Great interview and your daughters are beautiful.


  7. LOVED the Self-Interview!

    AND (grin) love your choice of books for the deserted island! Ive read Gone With The Wind three times too! Everyone of my heroines have a bit of Scarlet AND Melanie mix in them.....

    Hugs, Kari Thomas,

  8. Lovely self-interview, Rachel - I'm with you on the perfect gentleman!

  9. Thanks so much for dropping by everyone - and for easing my conscience with my child-labour, lol!

    Onwards and upwards, I wish all my fellow writers out there as much success as I want for myself. We can do this, ladies!

    Rachel x