Tag: Rachel Amphlett

Blog Tour: One to Watch

Today is my stop on the blog tour for One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett. Today is release day for One to Watch! You can enter to win an e-book copy at the bottom of this post. Today I am asking Rachel some questions about her journey to become a published author:

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room):When did you first decided to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper?

In 2010 – I had the idea for my first novel, White Gold going around and round in my head for about 3 months at the end of 2009 and decided to write it. Prior to that, I’d had short stories placed in competitions and/or published, but that was the first time a full novel had seemed like a viable project to me. I think I had too much self-doubt (and not enough time!) before that.

JRR: How long did that first manuscript take to perfect?

Eight months in total to get to the first draft, and then the editing process took another few months after that.

JRR:  But you got it done and now you are continuing your writing!  How did you get your novel in front of publishers?

I pitched directly to publishers that were open to submissions and to agents. At the time, no-one was interested in an espionage thriller written by a female author, despite providing some brilliant feedback and encouragement, so in 2012 I decided to self-publish.

JRR: An author has to be ready for that rejection and think about their next steps.  What was the first reaction of people?

Quiet! I had no idea how to market a book, so it really wasn’t until 2014 that I started to realise that I had to do all of that as well; I think I was a little bit in denial prior to that! I was approached by Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in Italy for the worldwide Italian rights to White Gold, and it made me realise that I had a good book on my hands – I just hadn’t made it visible enough. Since then, I’ve learned a lot and reader feedback has been great, especially with four novels in that particular series (Dan Taylor) now.

JRR:  It’s been a learning process for you, but you seem to be doing well now!  Did the publishers want to change a lot?

As I’m the publisher, I depend on beta reader feedback to keep me honest. More often than not, it’s a case of them making sure I’ve explained myself properly. It seems fine to me while I’m writing it as of course it all makes sense in my head, but it’s not often the case when the words hit the paper! I outline my books before I start writing them, so I know the structure is pretty tight – it’s tidying up the effects caused by characters saying certain things, or settings not being depicted clearly enough.

Sometimes, a beta reader will email me and say “Why did he/she do that?” or “A man would never say that”, and that’s helpful because it sends me back to the manuscript with fresh eyes. Every time I go through the process I learn more, though and it seems these days I’m already anticipating what they might say while I’m writing. I’m certainly finding less red pen on the manuscripts when they come back to me these days!

JRR:  That’s how you know you are improving, less of the dreaded red ink on the manuscripts!  How long did it take from them to get it out to the public?

I don’t hang around, as I have a punishing production schedule at the moment. From beta reader to professional proofreader and then publishing is only a matter of 3-4 weeks maximum.

JRR:  That is quick!  What input do you have on the cover?

I love working with my cover designer, and she’s got me well trained these days! I start out with the blurb and will go online and collect links to stock images I think might work, then send them to her.  My cover designer decides what will work and what won’t (and why) and we go back and forth a couple of times, often no more, until we have a design we’re both happy with.

JRR:  If you could do it all again, what would you change?

I’d write faster and publish more often, and I’d learn how to market a book properly – in some respects, I’m happy to be where I am on my writing journey as it’s been a continuous learning curve, but on some days I really wish I’d been a bit more business savvy with it.

**Thank you for your time with this interview Rachel!

One to Watch is available now!

Book Description:

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

  1. SCARED TO DEATH
  2. WILL TO LIVE
  3. ONE TO WATCH
  4. HELL TO PAY (out 2017)

About the Author:

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017

 

Contact Rachel:
Website
Facebook
Twitter @RachelAmphlett

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Blog Tour: Will to Live


Today is my stop on the blog tour for Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett. Will to Live will be released tomorrow, April 5th, 2017! You can enter to win one of two e-book copies of Will to Live at the bottom of this post. Today I am asking Rachel some questions about herself so we can get to know her:

JRR(Jessica’s Reading Room): Where are you happiest?
Surrounded by greenery – rivers, woodlands, ancient sites, that sort of thing.

JRR: That sounds peaceful! We don’t have many ancient sites here in Georgia where I live. Who would you like to star in the film of your life?
Helen Mirren. Gotta love her attitude 🙂

JRR: Good choice! Describe your best ever holiday.
Sailing around the coast of Turkey and the Greek islands on a traditional gulet boat.

JRR: I would love to go to those countries one day! What do you think is the best thing about social media?
Networking and making new friends – I have so many new connections in the UK and around the world through my writing and I couldn’t have done that without social media. In small doses, it’s good.

JRR: Yes it can be a very good thing for networking! Now what about the worst…?!
Having to be careful what you say. It’s like emails – people can’t hear the inflections or humour in your voice and know whether you’re joking or not – and I have a very dry sense of humour!

JRR: What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?
Gah! This is a hard one – it’d have to be a tie between a glass of wine and a book, lol

JRR: Yes, I agree on the book! Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?
Tell the truth. Always.

JRR: What’s your signature dish?
Cheese on toast, ha ha – I leave the proper cooking to the other half!

JRR: Me too! My husband is the cook and I am the cleaner!

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*Will to Live will be available to buy on Amazon tomorrow*

Book Description:

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, discover the latest addition to Rachel Amphlett’s new series today.

About the Author:

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

Contact Rachel:
Website
Facebook
Twitter @RachelAmphlett

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Cover Reveal: Will to Live

Book: Will to Live
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Series: Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series
Release Date: April 4, 2017

Rachel Amphlett is back with Will to Live; the second in the Detective Kay Hunter series to be published on April 4th and I get to be part of a multi-blog cover reveal! Without further delay, here is the cover for Will to Live!

Will to Live will be available April 4, 2017

Book Description:

Reputation is Everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.

**There is going to be a Facebook launch party, feel free to attend! The party will be here on April 4th!

Book One Scared to Death is available now:

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