Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, a Diet Coke addict, a podcast junkie and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket and imagining her own stories.
In 2016 The Patterson Girls was named General Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Rachael has finaled in a number of other of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance for 2012, The Patterson Girls won the same award for 2015 and she was voted in the Top Ten of Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Author poll in 2013. She is currently Australia’s number one rural romance author according to Bookscan Neilson.
Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training, two ginger cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.
You want to know about me?
I’ve been writing since I was 17 when I broke up with my first boyfriend (at the time I thought he was The One and was hugely devastated in the fashion of all 17 years olds). For some reason unbeknownst to me, I turned to writing as a form of therapy for my broken heart. It was enlightening to realise that with writing I could create whatever ending I liked. I wrote the story of me and The One and actually ended up killing him off. The writing was therapeutic, the story was cringe-worthy but I had caught the bug.
Almost a decade later, after a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and English and after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, I joined Romance Writers of Australia. Finally I learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts – I learnt about craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc – and I also learnt that I LOVED contemporary romance and that was what I wanted to write.
Eventually I found a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me a contract. My first book came out in December 2011 and I’ve been living the dream since then (i.e. working from home in my pjs). I’ve written sassy, urban romances for Carina Press, a cowboy romance for Tule Publishing, lots of rural romances for Harlequin Australia and now also women’s fiction for Harlequin Australia and Harlequin MIRA in the USA.
I hope that if you decide to try one of my books – about pretty normal people creating pretty amazing happy ever afters – that you enjoy it and pine a little when it ends 🙂
And for a bit of fun:
Colour most featured in my wardrobe – PINK of course! Is there any other colour for a romance writer?
What I’d like a never-end box of – Raffaellos. It’s a sin that something that tastes so good and is so small has so many calories.
What’s on my desk – a doubt demon given to me by one of my fabulous writer friends; a collection of Trolls (always loved them); a zillion notebooks; my laptop; lots of pink pens; empty cans of Diet Coke; my keeper books, and mess left by my kids.
Daily poison – Diet Coke (although it MUST be drunk in a glass. Yes, I’m a REAL lady)
Celebrity Crush – Australian weather man Grant Denyer (well, he’s no longer a weather man, but that’s when I fell in love).
Best thing about being a writer – You mean aside from the money and fame (LOL)?? The friends I’ve met and the fact I can wear my pjs to work.
Something I will never do. Ever – Ironing.