Rachael Johns and her ONE PERFECT NIGHT!

Australian author Rachael Johns decided to feature Nas on her Theory on Thursday and we welcomed Rachael to Romance Book Haven!

So friends Nas is featured at Rachael Johns blog talking about Book Promotions and Marketing your books as well as your name as an author!

So over to Rachael now...
Rachael Johns (long) journey to publication

I started writing in 1997. I’d just broken up with my high school boyfriend and I was devastated. I thought he was The One and that my life was OVER!!! I’d liked this guy since 1994, so for my 17 years, this was quite a big chunk of time. Anyway for some reason the girl who’d barely read any of her high school English texts and hadn’t really opened a book since devouring The Baby-sitters Club in her early teens, turned to writing for therapy.

I wrote the story of me and this guy, except I wrote a tragedy – A BATTLE WITH FOREVER (still love that title). Instead of dumping me, he died of a horrific disease – it was a bit Romeo and Juliet except with terminal illness instead of suicide. Oh and there was the bitter sweetness of a teen death-bed marriage and a pregnancy the father didn’t find out about before he died. I tell ya, it was page upon page of drama but what do you expect of a 17 year old novelist. It was cringe worthy, but I got the bug.

So, much so that I dropped out of the primary school teaching course I was supposed to do the week before it began, and transferred to a uni degree in writing instead. That was an utter waste of three years – aside from the fact I got to read some fab books and met some cool people.

One such person was my friend Audrey. In 2006, that’s right, almost TEN years after I first wrote a book, we decided it was time to get serious about our writing. Our attempts at literature were getting us NOWHERE, so we’d write a Mills and Boon, cos let’s face it, they must be pretty easy!!

I had NEVER read a Mills & Boon novel in my life but had heard you could get pretty rich if you could knock off two or three a year. My friend and I challenged each other to read as many as we could and then write one. Audrey found it wasn’t really her thing but I became a romance novel convert! I LOVED them. They were so much more than the clichés I’d assumed they were. I joined Romance Writers of Australia and wrote my first attempt at category – THE DIVORCE COORDINATOR (almost as cringe-worthy as my first novel). Two years later I came runner up in the Mills & Boon Feel The Heat contest and got to work with an editor on a book. I didn’t end up selling this book because I have a tendency of falling between the very strict Mills & Boon lines. However I finally got a rejection that didn’t say my plot, characters or conflict were flawed, it was merely that my sexual tension wasn’t right for the line I targeted. This gave me the confidence to send the novel into Carina Press (which had just opened – Harlequin’s digital imprint). And THEY WANTED IT!!! The day I got the email from Angela James was the end of one long journey and the beginning of another.

Since then I’ve sold another book to MIRA Australia (JILTED, June 2012) and have another submission with Carina. There’s so much more still to learn about writing and publishing but I’m enjoying every step of the way.

ONE PERFECT NIGHT (Carina Press Dec 2011) was the book that ALMOST got there with Mills & Boon. It’s the story of a physically scarred heroine and a hero who suffers night terrors so bad he can never spend the night with a woman. I have night terrors, so I can empathise with Cameron. Here’s the blurb:

Peppa Grant's fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she's also heard that he's aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company's annual party...but he's also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family's holiday get-together, she agrees.

Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron's only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?

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  1. Yay, Rachel for kicking your relationships end up a notch. That's what I love about writing, WE control the outcome. Nice to meet you.

  2. Ooh, I didn't know that was the title of your first book, Rach. That's a beauty. You'll have to rewrite it one day so you can use it.

    Another great post from you. Love hearing the story of your journey to publication.

  3. Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Hello Cathryn!

    Thank you for coming along to read this post and commenting!

  4. I love that Rachel started writing due to a break-up. Such a romance-worthy reason! : )

  5. nice blog...
    Keep writing.

    Regards from India,

  6. Hi Leslie - thanks for reading. Yep - in writing we get to play God :)

  7. Cathryn - I do love that title! Of course, I'd have to think of a totally new plot!

  8. Emily - yeah, I guess it was bitter sweet in the end :)

  9. Hi Jaice! Thanks, I will :)

  10. Hello Rachael,

    Thanks for sharing about your journey to publication. And your debut release One Perfect Night sounds like a wonderful story.

    Congrats on it's release!

  11. I love hearing what turns people on to writing (even if it's painful). I enjoyed reading this journey to publication. One Perfect Night has a great cover.

  12. I always enjoy learning more about authors and why they write. Thanks, Rachel!

  13. Awesome post. I love your journey from the young adolescent author. I wish I'd done a writing degree now, but maybe I wasn't ready at the time. Have you stumbled across romanticfridaywriters? http://romanticfridaywriters.blogspot.com/
    We'd love you to share your romantic writing wisdom with us.

  14. Love the story of you at 17. Did you see Young Adult? Charlize Theron's character didn't have the same emotional growth as she wrote her novel in the midst of heartbreak.

    Good luck with the book!

  15. Writing as therapy. I so totally agree with that.

  16. It's so fun to read about other writers' journeys - thanks for sharing!

  17. Hi Medeia - thanks so much for reading. And I agree - I LOVE that cover :)

  18. HI Talli - me too. Other writers reasons and processes fascinate me :)

  19. Hi Madeline - trust me the writing degree wasn't much help, although I think courses have improved since then. Will check out your blog!

  20. Hi Theresa - I haven't seen that movie. Thanks for telling me about it, I'll definitely seek it out :)

  21. Maria - lol, only problem is I'm STILL in therapy almost 15 years later :)

  22. Hi Susan - no problem. I love "talking"!

  23. Wow! Rachel! Congratulations! You sold another book to Carina Press!

    Where's our bubblies?

  24. Thank you! I'm SO excited about this book :)

  25. I actually also suffer from night terrors. They definitely suck.

    Sounds like a really sweet romance. :-)

  26. LOL...I have journals full of angst. I don't know if they will ever make it into a book. My first journal I kept was when I met my father for the first time in 15 years...angst...lots of it....

    Congratulations on your newest book, Rachel!


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