Author Interview: Rachel Winters

OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH AUTHOR!

Time for this month’s author interview with the lovely woman behind February’s Ashley Brooke Book Club selection, Would Like to Meet.

Have no fear, if you haven’t finished the book or scooped up a copy yet, we made sure there are no spoilers in this one. So feel free to read without anxiety, but seriously, you’ve got to pick this one up ASAP! 😉

We are so excited to continue talking about Would Like to Meet because we loved the story and how it wove together bits of our favorite romantic comedies while giving us characters to really root for. We hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are!

So without further ado…

LIGHTNING ROUND Q&A:

WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?

RACHEL: An advanced reader copy of THE LAST TANG STANDING by Lauren Ho. It’s BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY meets CRAZY RICH ASIANS and brilliantly funny.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST AMAZON PURCHASE?

RACHEL: I’ve recently moved into my first non-flatshare, so my last Amazon purchase was home related – a Bluetooth speaker so I can listen to podcasts/sing in the shower as loudly as I want. Truly, I am living my best life.

WHAT’S YOUR STARBUCKS ORDER?

RACHEL: Grande Americano with hot milk. If coffee isn’t hotter than the sun, is it even worth drinking? However, since oat milk became a thing, I am always misheard (I blame the northern accent). So I guess Grande Americano with oat milk.

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

RACHEL: Facemasks. One of those £1.99 beauties is definitely going to turn back the clock. Also, new socks. The more sparkly/bright/ridiculous the better. I could also name any one of the myriad fantasy series I watch, but I don’t believe any of them are guilty pleasures (SUPERNATURAL fan for life).

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY OR FICTIONAL CHARACTER?

RACHEL: James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy) as the wizard Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s THE DRESDEN FILES audiobooks. That’s quite specific, I realise.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ONLINE OBSESSION (WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, ETC.)

RACHEL: The twitter accounts AITA and relationships.txt that share eye-wateringly awful reddit posts – I shouldn’t read them, but I. Can’t. Stop. Did you read the one about the bridesmaid with the red hair? Oh man.

WHAT IS NEXT IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE?

RACHEL: Less of a queue, more of an express check out line, because as soon as Netflix puts out a new series, I’ve probably already watched it. (It’s a glamourous life.) Although, as I’ve only just got the internet in my new place, I still haven’t finished the amazing LOCKE AND KEY, which is everything I want from a series. I prioritised the sequel to the adorable TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE and I have some regrets about that.

Okay, Let’s Chat “Would Like to Meet”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROM-COM? YOU MENTION SO MANY GREAT ONES IN THE BOOK.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – though I would say this is probably one of my favourite films full stop. Nora Ephron’s script is absolutely full of perfectly executed one-liners, and the natural chemistry between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal is iconic. I will not be argued with.

I LOVE THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING AS AN EDITOR. ARE THERE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOUR JOB AND EVIE’S WORK AT A TALENT AGENCY? HAS YOUR WORK INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING OR HAS EVIE’S CHARACTER INFLUENCED YOUR WORK?

There’s something universal about the role of assistant and – though I hope this isn’t the case for everyone because poor Evie – I wanted to make Evie’s situation relatable. This might have meant borrowing inspiration from some of my own/others horror stories over the years. Though I should probably say the scene with the rug in Monty’s office was almost entirely made up. Almost entirely.

From my current role (for which I have the most wonderful boss who would certainly never call me out of hours to save an author from choking on a meatball), I love the editing process, and I gave that to Evie. Writing Evie showed me how much I love my job, and also how that love feeds into my writing too.

WHERE DO YOU WRITE? AT HOME? A COFFEE SHOP?

I have a few coffee shops that I write in on weekends (as I work during the week). Usually over breakfast, before the brunch rush. There’s one in South East London that does the best coffee and has huge windows that let in the light in all seasons. There’s another near to where I’ve just moved that has a quiet back room where I can sit for hours. I find breakfast pastry very inspirational.

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6 Comments

  1. Mary Beth
    February 22, 2020 / 11:01 am

    Finished Would Like to Meet late last night and LOVED it! I could totally see this as a movie and was not expecting it to be so funny when I picked it up. Really enjoyed your writing, Rachel!

    • February 24, 2020 / 10:23 am

      Mary!! I love hearing this and I totally agree! It would be the BEST movie! xx

  2. Ashley K Davis
    February 24, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    I can’t wait to discuss the book!! I’m almost done..like 60 pages to go! Locke & Key is a magnificent Netflix series!! I’ve enjoyed the author’s humor in the book and in person (after reading this Q&A)!!

  3. Mimi
    February 24, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    This is my first time joining y’all for book club. I enjoyed the book mostly….. I did not enjoy reading about Evie’s roommate at all. It made me uncomfortable and thus, I have no idea who I’d share this book with.

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