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Author spotlight: Rachael Johns

23 September 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Rachael Johns.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Probably Helen Fielding with Bridget Jones, but the first M&B author to really hook me into romance was Barbara Hannay with Having the Boss’s Babies. It was the first M&B I ever read and changed my perception of what I thought they were. Have been devouring all sorts of romance novels ever since!

What do you write?

I write contemporary feel-good fiction (aka life lit, aka women’s fiction, aka just contemporary fiction) and I also write rural romance. The favourite of my contemporary fiction novels just happen to be those that have the strongest romantic elements. Romance makes any book better!

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Hmm … this is a hard question, because I feel like they’re kinda all wrapped up together for me. I guess I often think of a seed of an idea (e.g., a family curse or an egg donor who doesn’t want children) but then the characters come next before I even think about where the plot will really take us!

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Only one? I think it would have to be The Greatest Gift then. I think it’s structured well for film and also believe the hot air balloon aspect would look good and be fun on the big screen. Liam Hemsworth would play Jasper, Asher Keddie – Harper, Rodger Corser – Samuel, and for Claire, I’d like an emerging talent we haven’t seen much of yet.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

How to Mend a Broken Heart is the story of Felicity Bell and her daughter, Zoe, who are both recovering from forms of betrayal and end up in New Orleans on the adventure of a life time, in which they meet a ghost hunter, a jazz musician/bar owner and an eccentric elderly woman inspired by Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. It’s a story of intrigue, romance, friendship, motherhood and there may even be a ghost!

What else are you working on in 2021?

Outback Secrets the fifth in my Bunyip Bay ’trilogy’. It releases in October. It’s the story of the local publican and an agricultural pilot who only comes home to Bunyip Bay occasionally. Sparks fly when Henrietta convinces Liam to be her fake boyfriend to stop her mother and the town trying to get her to settle down. I’m currently writing The Work Wives, which is a feel-good contemporary fiction about friendships in the workplace, online dating and the lies we tell those closest to us in the name of protecting them. I’m having SO much fun writing it!

Rachael’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Rachael on her website.

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