A Letter from Rachael Johns

Loretta’s Penpals : Letter 8

Whenever I get a letter from fellow mum and rural romance writer, Rachael Johns, I always think, OMG, our lives are so much alike, maybe I’m not a complete freak after all.

For me, December and January is always about family, parties and the kids. Writing seems to be forced into the back seat though is never far from my mind. During these two months, I celebrate all the hard work I’ve done through the year and simply enjoy the release of a new novel.

It seems Rachael is in the same boat too – family fun and a fresh new novella out this month. It’s about a hero who goes bed shopping and gets a heroine into the bargain. Talk about two for the price of one! Can’t wait to read that one. Another one for the pile, I think. Here’s the rest of what she had to say…

Dear Loretta,

I can’t believe it’s been over three months since I saw you at the fabulous Romance Writers of Australia conference. Times definitely flies when you’re having fun writing books. I’m hanging out to get stuck into THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW VEST over the summer holidays. We just got back from Southern Cross yesterday where we spent the weekend for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday party. Was great to catch up with my hubby’s extended family. My own family is tiny but hubby has ten aunties and uncles, hundreds of cousins and they have what seems like a zillion kids between them. I love watching my boys play with all their second cousins.

It must be party season because next week, it’s my youngest son’s birthday, so we’re having a party at our place. We’re hiring a bouncy castle and I’ll be making a Minion (from Despicable Me) birthday cake, so wish me luck with that.

How are you going with your Valentines Day novella? I read the blurb on your blog and cannot wait to read it. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Kissing Season final coverSpeaking of novellas, did I tell you I wrote my first novella this year? Well, it’s out in December but I actually wrote it over last summer holidays. How do you find writing novellas? It’s great that they’re shorter and therefore we finish faster, but I sometimes miss being able to explore more about the characters and their situation. Saying that, I’m really excited about THE KISSING SEASON (http://www.rachaeljohns.com/kissingseason.html)– my novella, which is out December first and can’t wait to write a follow-up. It was SUCH a hoot to write and is set on the coast down south in Western Australia, one of my favourite places to holiday. It’s about Hannah who has always been the black sheep of her family and a gorgeous Italian called Matteo, home for Christmas to visit his mother.

A furniture shop advert in a newspaper was actually the initial inspiration for this story, which starts with the hero walking into the heroine’s family furniture business and testing one of their beds in a most unconventional manner.

In addition to all the kid and life things that crop up as we head towards Christmas, I’m writing like crazy at the moment in an aim to finish OUTBACK GHOST by December. OUTBACK GHOST will be the third in my Bunyip Bay series and I’m really excited about this story, which involves a twenty-year mystery surround the hero’s missing sister.

My favourite parts of writing a book are starting and ending and right now I’m so close to the end of OUTBACK GHOST that I can taste the pink bubbly I’ll crack when I’m done.

I have big plans for taking some time off and enjoying life while the kids are home over the summer. (Not that I don’t enjoy it while writing, but you know what I mean). Can’t wait to laze by the pool, do some Christmas cooking and catch up on all the movies and books I’ve missed out on while I was writing.
I hope the muse is with you as you finish your Valentine’s Day novella, Loretta, and that you and your gorgeous family have a very lovely Christmas.

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4 thoughts on “A Letter from Rachael Johns

  1. I too can’t believe it has been that long since I was lucky enough to sit with both you and Jaye for a session! I love this post, and look forward to reading your work over the break! Amanda

  2. Pingback: A letter from Loretta! | Rachael Johns

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