In conversation with Angela Marsons

I was recently fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a conversation with the wonderful Angela Marsons on the Liz Loves Books Blog. We had great fun sharing our experiences, and if you want to know about the ups and downs of becoming a writer – read on! Angela’s book Silent Scream took the Amazon charts by storm, as have all her following books, and she’s a lovely lady! Angie: Rachel, thank you so much for agreeing to answer some of my questions. I read your story at a particularly low point in my writing journey and found it incredibly inspirational. I know you faced rejection with your first book Only The Innocent but you managed to keep the faith and keep going. How did you do that? Was there someone in particular who consistently urged you to carry on? Rachel: To be honest, I only approached a small


Interesting Links

There’s a great article here: The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say And another: Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience I’m also delighted to share with you links to some of my favourite writers’ newsletters, and this month here is a link to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter. More next month, and let me know of any you particularly enjoy so that we can share with others.


A Writer Writes

It’s easy to think that a writer’s life is at the very least a romantic one. Perhaps we all sit in our plush leather chairs behind our grand desks and wile away the hours tapping effortlessly on our Macs? Sadly, the reality is much closer to TOO MUCH reality! I work from 8am until 8pm every day of the week, breaking only when I travel for literary events and festivals where I am also working. It’s hard and frustrating and tiring and like most writers I wouldn’t change a thing! In this new-look newsletter I am going to note some of my highs and lows to let you see how tough being a self-employed scribe is. For example, this month I have had endless technical problems with my email and I have wasted hundreds of lost hours trying to solve them. Sometimes it’s soul-destroying and I have to remind myself that


Featured Reader

This month’s featured reader* is Niki Hadden from Chelmsley Wood, Solihull. “I’m reading Sleep Tight at home right now and it’s 20 minutes past midnight and I’ve had to creep downstairs to make sure all my doors and windows are locked. I would have liked to take something sharp and pointy to bed with me – once I’ve switched the landing light on – but my husband is on nights so I wouldn’t want him to think his wife is losing her marbles! Although he’s used to my reading material before bed – women who snap and husbands in jeopardy, that sort of thing! “Sleep Tight is the first book I have read by Rachel Abbott and I have already downloaded Only The Innocent. Tom Douglas is a very intriguing character and I would certainly like to know more about him and the mystery surrounding his brother Jack!” *If you would


News and Events

Bloody Scotland : This will be my first time at Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling on September 9-11. I’ll be in conversation with fellow author Melanie Raabe on September 10 discussing the title “Can you trust the narrator or your favourite crime novel?” – you’ll have to attend to find out! While you’re there you can go to panels with Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Ben McPherson to name but a few. Find out more at Jersey Festival of Words : This is the second JFOW, a five-day literary festival featuring visiting and local writers, poets and events, writing workshops, competitions and more. This year’s festival will take place between September 28th and October 2nd, and will see us welcoming internationally renowned writers including Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières, Louise Doughty and Alison Weir to the island. My presentation is on October 1 – Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing and for once I won’t


Dying to Write

So many of you have asked me over the years how I started to write. In a nutshell, I had an idea in my head for a while, but as soon as I got the chance I sat down and just started! And you can, too. In this newsletter I’m going  to give you a starter paragraph (see below). Pick it up and run with it. Write the next paragraph of the story for yourself or for me. If you send it to me at I will publish the best two or three follow-on paragraphs (in my opinion) to build up a short story over the next six months. Use your imagination, create a world, people it and colour it. That’s what every writer does. Good luck, all you need is a blank screen or piece of paper and an open mind. *** Friday the 13th was the day that


A Writer Reads

My summer reading picks Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites. Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous. As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it. Click here to learn more about this book.   I See You by Clare Macintosh I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait.

Book and sunglasses on the beach for summer reading and relaxing

Rachel’s all-new newsletter

I am excited to be able to tell you that the “Rachel Abbott team” is working together to create a monthly newsletter for book addicts and it will be all about books – and not just mine, of course. Each month we include an article that will generally be written by a guest author, talking about their writing, but occasionally I might chip in. We’re also going to include brief reviews and recommendations of other books that I, or other readers have particularly enjoyed. This may be your chance to write about something you have read too! There are contact details at the end of the newsletter. If there is any news, such as events that I might be appearing at, or others that sound interesting, we’ll let you know here, and I’ll also talk a bit about my writing day – the highs and the lows. Each month we will