The Roommates by Rachel Sargeant – @RachelSargeant3 #InspiredFeature

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Today I am delighted to welcome Rachel Sargeant to have a chat with us about books and people who have inspired her writing career.

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The Roommates by Rachel Sargeant

THEY LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE
University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.

YOU SHARE EVERYTHING
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…

BUT DO YOU TRUST THEM?
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…

Rachel Sargeant

Rachel Sargeant is a British author. Her latest title, The Roommates, is a psychological thriller set in a university freshers’ week.
Her previous novels, also with HarperCollins, are The Good Teacher, a detective mystery, featuring DC Pippa “Agatha” Adams, and The Perfect Neighbours, a psychological thriller set in Germany.
She is also the author of Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel featuring Great War nurses on a hospital ship.
Rachel is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series.
Rachel grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her family. Her hobbies are swimming, visiting coffee shops, country houses and the theatre.
Find out more about her writing and reading on her website: http://www.rachelsargeant.co.uk or follow her on Twitter: @RachelSargeant3.

Inspired with Rachel Sargeant

Inspired By – Interview with Rachel Sargeant

Thank you, Kelly, for inviting me again to Love Books Group. It’s lovely to be back.

Can you tell us about someone who inspired your writing in some way? What it means to you now and if you could say anything to them what would it be?

I remember attending a talk by a panel of writers at Shrewsbury Library sixteen years ago. One panellist was crime writer Priscilla Masters. When asked for advice on getting started, she said: “If you want to write a book, write a book.” And it really is as simple and as difficult as that. Don’t try to talk up an idea – either to publishers or to yourself. Get it down on paper first. Then you’ve got something to talk about.

I’ve stuck by that ever since.

I met Priscilla Masters recently at a Crime Writers’ Association get-together in Birmingham. Although I was a bit star-struck, I found her easy to talk to, with a great sense of humour. I’m not sure I plucked up the courage to say how much I valued her early advice but I hope I’ll meet her again and can tell her then.

What words of advice would you offer anyone starting their writing career?

For someone thinking of writing their first novel, I’d say get writing (thanks, Priscilla) and keep reading.

For someonewho’s landed a publishing deal or is about to self-publish – congratulations – keep on writing, keep on reading, celebrate the writing success of others and really value the support of readers and bloggers.

I’ve started a feature on my website with one writing tip a month. The first one is here. https://www.rachelsargeant.co.uk/writing-tip-january/

What does being a writer mean to you?

When I write, I can get my characters to say exactly what I want them to say. I can make events turn out well or badly, whatever my whim. I can even control the weather. In other words, I can make the world how I’d like it to be.

I love it when other people read my books and say nice things about them. The feeling of recognition, of being valued for something on a professional level is special and rare.

Becoming a writer has also been a way into a new, literary world. I get to hang out on social media with writers, readers and bloggers. This year I hope to attend some literature festivals and meet my virtual pals in person.

Finally, do you have a favourite bookish quote?

Priscilla Masters also gave another piece of advice at that author panel. She said that if a production company offers to turn your book into a TV series, “Take the money and run.” I haven’t needed this advice yet, but I keep hoping…

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