I asked Rachel some questions which will hopefully give you more insight into how she writes her books.
How do you make sure your work gets done in time
I do my word count for the day before I do anything else – that way, I don’t get distracted and if I need to research something I can spend the rest of the day doing that so I’m ready for the next day’s writing target.
What book are you reading now
Ann Cleeves’ The Long Call.
Where do you get your ideas from
I scour a lot of online news articles, just browsing different sites from around the world on a weekly basis and all sorts of subjects.
I write murder mystery, police procedurals, spy thrillers, action adventure, and psychological thrillers so I never know what might spark an idea.
It might be a passing comment that I overhear when I’m rushing somewhere, or
Any advice for the upcoming writers
Be careful who you take advice from 😉
Keep learning, have fun, and don’t give up.
What other authors are you friends with and how do they help you become a better writer
There’s a lot to be said for the crime fiction community, and part of it is that everyone is so friendly – there are exceptions in any group, of course, but for the most part it’s very, very supportive.
I love that when I go to an event I can chat with writers, bloggers and readers who I might have only “met” previously on social media and we all have a common interest – this genre!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything what would it be
Write a business and marketing plan sooner rather than later to help you focus on what you want to achieve, and how you’re going to do it.
How long do you spend researching before beginning a book
I research enough to get started, and then jot notes down as I go if I’ve got gaps in my knowledge and need to speak to an expert. I only use about 80% of what I learn as I want the story to be readable, but my characters have to at least sound like they know what they’re talking about!
If you weren’t an author what would you be doing
I think I would be writing in some capacity, perhaps a role that incorporated my love of travelling as well!