So, you may have noticed that the blog has been a little quiet this week as things are winding down for Christmas. I feel a bit like I’ve gone in to hibernation mode. However, I am happy to be sticking my nose out of the nest for the evening to join my next guest for a festive Friday Night Drinks. So, welcome to the blog, Rachel Dove. Rachel is an author and teacher, winner of Prima/Mills & Book Flirty Fiction Competition 2015, Writer’s Bureau Writer of the Year 2016 and fellow RNA Member and, mostly importantly, fellow Yorkshire lass. What better introduction could there be!
A huge welcome and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. I appreciate you popping out this close to Christmas, you must have had many more better offers! First things first, what are you drinking?
A cheeky (large) glass of rose wine – cheers!
Cheers! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
I am soooo boring! I would say a nice meal out, followed by the cinema. Which sounds like a date. Sorry! I love to eat out in new places, and am a huge fan of films. My days of bar hopping are over, I used to be a trainee nightclub manager, so it lost its sparkle early on.
I think my clubbing days are well behind me, so that will suit me fine, as long as it’s not a horror film, I am a huge scaredy cat! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
I would love to meet Shonda Rhimes, and pick her screenwriting brains, as I am a big fan, and Margaret Atwood too. I find her writing so interesting to unpick, so that would be a great night!
An evening of writing chat – sounds wonderful. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I am crazy busy at the moment finishing off my two latest books for Manatee and HQ Digital, and working with my agent on some future ideas. I am also still teaching and just started my second year of a Creative Writing MA so with that, our house renovations and family, I am looking forward to having two weeks off at Christmas and reading lots and having a lovely relaxing Christmas. (Or, that’s the plan!) I am excited about my future book ideas, so watch this space!
Can’t wait to hear more, but that sounds like some workload, I’m impressed. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
The challenge is to keep writing when life gets busy. I have had so many proud moments, but winning the Prima competition is what kicked all the other proud moments off, so that has to be it for me.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I would love to see my work in foreign editions, I think that’s my goal, that and audio! We shall see 🙂
That must be amazing, to see your work being published around the world, a great ambition. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
Ooo lots, but my lips are sealed as yet!
Spoilsport! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
Top of my bucket list is Tobago and Goa – both places I would love to visit. I really love UK holidays, and Spain is a wonderful place too. For me, the family holidays we have are all great.
I’d love to go to Tobago. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I used to kickbox back in the day, and have passed exams and gained belts!
Remind me not to get on your bad side! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
This is so hard. I love books so much! One I have loved recently is by CJ Skuse, called Sweetpea. It’s dark, funny, gory and utterly unputdownable.
The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…
I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.
Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.
Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.
A kill list.
From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.
Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…
I’ve read such great reviews of this book, I’ve already added it to be TBR.So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
I would say you are asking the wrong person! I do drink water before bed, and there is nothing like a bacon buttie to soak up the alcohol. I hate hangovers now, in your 20s they are quite fun. 30s? Not so much.
I agree. I’ve got to the stage where the fun of the drinking is no longer worth the pain of the hangover! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
We love going on holiday to a cabin in Cumbria with our sons and our dog, so I would say that. It’s isolated, quiet and beautiful with lots of long walks nearby, and a hot tub with champagne for when the kids are in bed. Lovely, I love going there and always write lots when the kids are busy.
That sounds fantastic. Rachel. thank you so much for chatting to me this evening, it has been great fun. I’m really looking forward to your upcoming books in 2019, and hopefully we’ll meet and do some of this drinking in person at an RNA event next year.
Three books by Rachel in the Westfield series are currently available to purchase, they are The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street and The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street. The next book in the series will be published next spring.
Rachel is also the author of Nice Guys Finish Lonely and The Long Walk Back
To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can check her out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
To fill that interminable lull between Christmas and New Year, join me next Friday when I’ll be having drinks with the lovely John Jackson. In the meantime, may I wish you all a