Behind the Pen with Rachael Johns

Following on from my review yesterday of The Greatest Gift, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Rachael Johns to Behind the Pen today.




What is your favourite…and why…


Character from one of your books?

Aw that’s like asking me to pick a favourite child – it changes from day to day depending on my mood (and theirs). So I’m going to make it easy and choose my favourite from my most recent book! But even that’s not easy, cos I actually love ALMOST everyone from THE GREATEST GIFT. I could tell you who I don’t like, but alas, that’s not the question. Okay, I pick Harper – she’s a generous, warm-hearted person who is successful in her career and has risen above her awful upbringing to make something of herself AND wants to help other people. She’s also a radio show host and I always live vicariously through my characters – in another life-time, I think that’s a job I’d loved to have had!

Scene from one of your books?

You ask ALL the tough questions, but again (this time cos I have a terrible memory) I’m going to talk about my latest book and my favourite scene is actually the epilogue. Of course, I can’t give too much away but I can tell you that it includes a fabulous hot air balloon ride and might bring a tear to your eye. In my Women’s Fiction books, not everyone gets a happy ever after but I think I give all my characters a satisfying ending (all the characters I like at least). There’s also a scene in this book where Harper meets her biological child for the first time and the experience turns everything she’s always believed about herself on its head! That was a highly emotional scene and my fave to write are definitely the emotionally charged ones.

Movie of all time?

Okay, this one’s easy – it’s LOVE ACTUALLY! And I know, it’s pretty much EVERYONE’S favourite. I loved that movie the very first time I watched the opening scene of the airport – I often people watch in airports and loved watching all the reunions and goodbyes. And I’ve loved it all the hundreds of times I’ve watched it since. I love that there are so many stories and not all are happy, but I feel they are all quite realistic. It’s hard to pick a fave, but I actually think mine is the love triangle with the guy in love with Keira Knightly who is marrying his bestfriend. THAT scene where he admits his love for her with hand-written signs.. oh! It gets me EVERY time.

Book that you always keep a copy of and recommend to others?

Well, I’m not sure I’ve recommended it in years cos everyone has usually read it, but one of my fave books is Bridget Jones Diary. I’d been trying to write literary fiction till I read that book and realised it was much more the kind of thing I wanted to write.

Fashion accessory that despite having plenty of, you still keep collecting?

Hmm… I’m not much of a fashionista but I DO love my nail polish. Once upon a time I had pretty much every colour under the sun and I still can’t resist buying one everyone now and then, even though these days I prefer to get my nails done at the local salon!

Drink that you enjoy everyday?

Diet Coke. I know, I know… it’s bad for me, you can clean rust off old coins with it (apparently) but everyone’s gotta have a vice, right?



Treat you indulge in?

Every now and then I like to get a full-body massage. Sadly I haven’t indulged recently enough.

Place to be?

In bed or outside by the pool (depending on the season) reading a good book!



Person you admire?

My cat (does that count?). He’s got the life; sleeps and eats and sleeps some more. All day long. When I come back next life, I so wanna be a cat!




Seriously? My mum – she is my hero. She’s the most kind, selfless person I know and is always optimistic and looking for the good in others! She raised me on her own from before I was born and not once did I feel like my life was lacking for not having a dad around.



Season of the year?

I think spring. It’s not too hot, not too cold, the flowers are coming out (of course so are the snakes) and I can leave my office door open and let in the fresh air. When I was little the first spring-like day always made me think of Christmas. Spring still makes me feel excited for some reason!



Latest Book: The Greatest Gift


Mother: Female parent of a child
Mum: The woman who nurtures, raises and loves a child

Radio host Harper Drummond lives for her career. Every day she meets fascinating people doing extraordinary things, but has begun to wonder whether there could be something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married to Samuel and has a great group of friends — what more could she want? It’s only when she interviews one special couple that she starts to think about whether she could make a different kind of contribution.

Claire and Jasper Lombard are passionate about their thriving hot air balloon business and know they’re lucky to find such joy in their work and in each other. But while Jasper has accepted that he will never be a father, Claire has found it hard to come to terms with her infertility. She doesn’t want Jasper to regret choosing her over a child in the years to come. Is there a way to give themselves a real chance at being a happy family?

Can they find someone who will give them the greatest gift? Or will it come at a greater cost?

The poignant, heartwarming story of two women: one who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother, from the bestselling, ABIA award-winning author of The Patterson Girls.


The Greatest Gift will be released on the 23rd October. You can preorder the novel now by visiting Rachael’s website and selecting your preferred retailer.



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