Day 26 Rachel Gibson – Romancing Our Best Selves

Embracing My Inner Heroine

One of the most common questions I am asked by readers (right after “where do you get your ideas” and right before “do you research your sex scenes?”) is, “are your heroines anything like you?” My response has always been a rather quick, “No, they’re all a lot more interesting and have better hair.” They are also either handy with power tools or skilled with a fry pan. I have never been particularly good at either.What I Love About You

Lately though, I’ve made some drastic changes in my life. I have had to become totally dependent on myself. If I want something done, I have to do it. (Well, except mow the grass and weed whack. It’s hot and I have a big yard and I hire landscapers.) As a result, I have made several trips to Home Depot in search of things other than annuals and potting soil. I’ve stocked up on tools (power and hand), paint (have you all discovered chalk paint yet?) and every size of nail and screw imaginable. I bought an upright chest and filled it with the kind of stuff a self-dependent person would need. The kind of stuff a heroine would just naturally have in her garage.

In the past three weeks, I have sanded and painted tables and chairs, cleaned all the carpet in my entire house, and gone through every drawer and cupboard to rid myself of old tubes of Super Glue and calorie counters. I got out my tools and assembled a playhouse that has a bunk bed on top, a twelve-shelf storage system with hanging doors, a play table and six chairs, and patio furniture. I painted a mirror, a dining room table, and two big Foo Dogs. I did it all by myself, too.

Today I brought out the big guns: the power washer. After several mishaps (pouring gas all over myself—twice–and power spraying a zigzag of skin off one shin—holy crap that hurt!) I cleaned the floors of my patio and garage. Tomorrow I am assembling three seven-foot, metal shelves to hold all my holiday decorations and new power tools.

Since I made the big changes in my life, I’ve surprised myself. Not only with my cunning ratchet skills, but with my ability to adapt and conquer. I don’t let little things like complicated diagrams or angled screws in tight corners stop me. I don’t let fear or trepidation keep me from moving ahead. So, maybe the next time I am asked if I am anything like my heroines, I’ll pause to think before I answer. I still don’t think my life is as interesting or that my hair is as good, but maybe I do give a piece of myself to each one.


For readers who like contemporary romance, I recommend new author Candis Terry and established author Jill Shalvis. Both write sexy heroes and great humor.

Questions for the Author:

 Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

One of the most daring things I ever did was go to a romance writer’s conference in my area. At the time, I was unpublished and no one even knew I gibsonwas writing. I went by myself and I didn’t know anyone. It was scary, but it changed my life.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?

I didn’t ever know I wanted to write. It never occurred to me to write anything, let alone a book, until I read Gone With The Wind. When I finished GWTW, I pulled out a typewriter and rewrote the end so that Scarlet and Rhett ended up together. After that, I just started writing contemporary romance. I wrote five complete manuscripts and was rejected by twenty-five publishers and agents before I sold my sixth manuscript and first published book, Simply Irresistible, to Avon Books.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Shirlee Busbee’s The Spanish Rose. It was the first romance novel I ever read and sent me on a romance reading binge that has lasted ever since.

Rachel is generously giving away copies of Rescue Me and Run to You, one copy of each book to four winners. U.S. readers only, apologies to international readers.

Rachel GibsonRachel Gibson is a New York Timesand USA TODAY bestselling author of fast-paced contemporary romance novels. Publisher’s Weeklyproclaims Rachel’s “clever, snappy dialog amuses at every turn” and “With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth . . . to modern day romance.”

Rachel’s awards and achievements include  two RITA awards and six nominations. The Golden Heart Award, the National Reader’s Choice, Amazon Editor’s Top Pick, Publisher Weekly’s Quill nominee, Borders bestselling romantic comedy and Romantic Time’s Career Achievement award.

When not writing, Rachel can be found shopping for shoes or looking for strange and unusual flowers to plant in her garden.

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