We’re thrilled to have Rachel Sargeant on The Bandwagon today!
Rachel is a Top-Ten-Kindle bestselling author and likes to write about settings she knows, but give them a dark twist. She grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her family. Her hobbies are swimming, and visiting country estates and coffee shops. She also likes going to the theatre and hopes we’ll be allowed to go again soon.
How did you get into writing?A palm reader at a party told me I should try writing. After mulling the idea over for several months, I went to a crime writing workshop. The tutor set us a five-minute writing exercise. The class was very kind about my effort when I read it out. On the way home I spotted a copy of Writing Magazine in a newsagent’s and bought it. There was an advert inside for the magazine’s annual Crime Short Story competition. Buoyed up by the positive comments from the workshop, I expanded my 100-word exercise into a 1600-word story and, in a stroke of beginner’s luck, won the competition. I was smitten with writing after that. Later I expanded the winning short story into The Good Teacher, a police procedural published by HarperCollins.
Why did you choose to write in this genre?I discovered Agatha Christie in the school library when I was eleven. Since then, crime has been my read of choice. The first book I submitted to HarperCollins became The Perfect Neighbours. The publisher told me it was a psychological thriller. At the time I’d never heard of the genre although I now realise it’s my favourite.
Who are some of your favourite authors?Books that have really wowed me recently have been by Nicola White, Susie Lynes, Phoebe Locke, Ali Land, Romy Hausmann and Sam Lloyd.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?Never without a to-do list, I’m a plotter in life as well as writing.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?Read, read, read and write, write, write.
Finally, what are you currently working on?I’m nearly at the end of the first year of a research degree in creative freedom so that keeps me busy. I’m also editing an office-based psychological thriller. With so many dysfunctional and sinister colleagues about, I think my protagonists might prefer home-working…
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