This week my Awesome Aussie Author guest is
the beautifully spirited and incredibly talented Rachael Johns. I am eagerly
awaiting Rachael’s June release, Jilted, which promises to be a ripper of a
read. The dazzling front cover has me hooked already!
Welcome, Rachael. It’s wonderful to have
you here today.
Where were you born, raised, schooled and
what was the most mischievous thing you did when you were a child?
I was born in London,
moved to Sydney at 18 months, then to Perth at 7 years. I FEEL
like I was raised in Perth
because that’s where I went to school and that’s where I spent my teens. And oh
dear... I was a rather naughty child. I once put my grandma’s best ring down a
drain in the street because my also-naughty neighbour said it would come out
the next drain and I wanted to see if she was right. I also mixed cornflour and
water together and told my friend it was a drink of milk (she’s still one of my
best friends). AND, in high school the boy I crushed on was in the classroom
next to me whenever I had English, so I spent the whole year digging a hole in
the cement between the bricks with my ruler to try and perve on him. I better
How long did it take you to get published
and how did you feel when you were told you had a contract?
I wrote my first full-length novel the year
I was 17 (the year my heart got broken – I wrote our story and killed off my
ex) but didn’t get The Call from a publisher until a couple of months after I
turned 31. This was for my e-book (ONE PERFECT NIGHT) which is available from
Carina Press. So I guess it took me near
on 14 years. I was writing MOST of that time, although I also did a lot of
other things, including a uni degree and have three kids. How did I feel?
Relieved that I hadn’t been flogging a dead horse all these years :)
What time of the day/night do you prefer to
write and where do you like to write?
I prefer to write during the day but
(having three kids who aren’t all at school) most of my books have been written
at night. My poor hubby has got used to never seeing me. I used to write in a
beautiful study with a pink wall (that was VERY important in a house full of
men) but we moved a year ago and now I write in the corner. It’s a nice corner
though and my son’s budgie sits in his cage next to me and sings me through the
Can you tell us a little bit about your
upcoming book? And what date it will be released?
JILTED is a June release with MIRA
Australia. It’s a semi-rural romance – the emphasis being on the romance. This
is the official blurb.
She left him at the altar,
but her heart was always his...
After more than ten years away, Australian
soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous
while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit
community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the
real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn
Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back
together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For
Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and
Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.
When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated
lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted
Where do you find inspiration for your
I wish I knew!! Seriously, mostly an image
will strike while I’m out hanging the washing or going for my walk/run and then
I’ll stew on that image for a while until another one comes and attaches
itself. And so on, until the ideas form a whole novel. With JILTED I knew I
wanted to write about a runaway bride who returned to a small tight-knit
community who no longer respected or liked her. At the time this idea was
sprouting I lived in Kojonup (Western
Australia) and they were reviving their theatrical
society, so I ran with that! Living in small towns helps immensely with the
inspiration for my rural-set books.
What is your favourite meal?
Chocolate! That counts as a meal doesn’t
it? I live by the motto eat dessert first :) But when it comes to non-sweet food I’m
pretty simple. My all time fave comfort food is macaroni cheese made by my
Who is your favourite Australian?
You’re all gonna LOL but it’s GRANT DENYER
weather! He’s a crack-up and oozes personality, which I just love.
What is your favourite Aussie saying?
as useful as tit’s on a bull’ because the godmother in JILTED says it about
herself and I love her. Have to credit Fiona Palmer with that one though – I’m
sure it was her that came up with it when I put a call out for help about
something Aussie Matilda could say that meant she felt useless.
Where would be your ideal place to holiday?
Queenstown in NZ. Have been there twice cos
my aunty and uncle have a house there and I loved it both times!! I’d also
really love to do America
Thank you, Rachael, for giving us a sneak
peak into your writer’s life. I cannot wait to be holding a copy of Jilted in
To find out more about Rachael visit her
Thought for this week
“Though you cannot go back and start again
you can start now and create a new
Only 8 weeks to go until Jacaranda is
Until next week, keep dreaming and smiling