Today we welcome Rachel Brimble to talk about her latest Victorian saga novel, Trouble for the Leading Lady
Hello Rachel, it’s great to have you drop by. First of all, can you give us an insight into your main character?
Nancy Bloom is a good time girl who is hiding a secret dream and an even deeper pain – she is funny, caring and loyal. Her friends and the Carson Street house, where she works as a prostitute, is her foundation, her anchor and her haven. Trouble For The Leading Lady tells her story and it was a joy to give her a much-deserved happy ever after.
What inspired you to write Trouble For The Leading Lady?
This book is the second in my latest Victorian trilogy (both books can be read as single titles), so the inspiration was for the series, rather than each individual book. After reading Hallie Rubenhold’s fascinating book, The Five, a non-fiction book about the five victims of Jack The Ripper, I was inspired to write a series about three very different women, with very different stories, who find themselves entering the world of prostitution. No woman chooses that life, so what happened?
Tell us about your setting and why you chose it?
The Ladies of Carson Street series is set in Bath, England which is where I choose to set all my historical romances. The reason? I live just a short 30 minute drive away! Bath is a famous city, rich in history and I like being able to bring this wonderful place to the attention of readers who might not have been there or want a different setting than London. Hopefully, my books are enjoyed by all!
What are you working on at the moment?
I have just sent the third book in the Ladies of Carson Street series (Octavia’s story) to my editor and, fingers crossed, it will be released in the autumn. So, it’s onto the next series – I am writing the initial draft of the first book in a royal themed series which will be set in the court of Queen Victoria – so far, I am having a wonderful time!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The best advice I was ever given was, ‘Give yourself permission to write a crappy first draft.’ Once I fully embraced this mindset, my enjoyment and output increased enormously, and this way of working has become part of my process ever since. Following drafts can be used to polish, strengthen and create the best work possible 😊 I also love helping aspiring writers which is why I set up my First Chapter Critique series – here’s the link
Other than writing what else do you love to do?
Knitting is my second obsession! I wouldn’t say I am an expert, but it is something that I am happy to do for hours in front of the TV… usually watching a favourite period drama! If I’m not writing or knitting, there is nothing I love more than a long dog walk in the countryside with my family or friends… followed by a pub lunch!
Thank you for taking the time to come to talk to us Rachel. The very best of luck with Trouble for the Leading Lady.
Trouble For The Leading Lady…
As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.
His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.
Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.
Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?
The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.
About Rachel Brimble
Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street series, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
In 2019 she signed a new three book contract with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel. The first book, A Widow’s Vow was released in September 2020 followed by book 2 Trouble For The Leading Lady in March 2021 – it is expected that the final instalment will be released in the Autumn 2021.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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