It really depends on the book I am writing. In the Herringford and
series, it is a little easier to find me in my two heroines Jemima and Merinda.
Merinda has a fierce independent side, which I definitely have, and Jem has a
romantic nature, which I also have. They’re both two sides of the same coin and
two sides of my personality.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’ve traveled through
Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on my own. Some people
find that quirky. I once tried speed dating: where they line you up and a bell
goes when you’re finished talking to the person across from you. It was pretty
quirky. And actually pretty nerve-wracking.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was 9 years old and my brother Jared gave me a purple Precious Moments journal, which I filled up. I always told stories in my head. I had a huge imagination. Now, I write them down. I never stopped writing.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read everything. I studied Victorian Literature in university, so I love Dickens and the Brontes and the classics. I read a ton of mysteries. I read a bit of everything. I also really like any novels set during the Napoleonic Wars and the Age of Sail. Anything on a boat! Patrick O’Brian’s books are favourites of mine.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t! Kidding. I have a career and I am not going to lie, this first publishing contract of mine has had some tight deadlines. Tighter than any I had when my agent and I were preparing proposals for submission to publishers. I prioritize. I work on the subway on the way to work in the morning. I work over lunch break. I work evenings and weekends. I still make time for my family and friends but it takes a concerted effort. I am fortunate in that I don’t have a family relying on me. I am single and live by myself so if I need to eat Lucky Charms for dinner while typing away, I do.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Again, it is really dependent on the story. Sherrinford Holmes was Arthur Conan Doyle’s original name for Sherlock Holmes when he was plotting his series. When I set out to write the Herringford and
I wanted a name that gave a nod to Sherlock Holmes and came up with the surname
Herringford. Miranda is my cousin’s name and I initially thought I would use
that, but I wanted something just a little odd and unique for my heroine and so
Merinda was born. With Jem Watts, I again wanted to pull on John Watson. Jem is
a name I am fond of especially because of To
Kill a Mockingbird, and there was something about Jemima Watts that just
seemed to invoke the Edwardian era.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Signing a book contract is a huge deal for me. Especially because for most of my life I was too scared to show anyone my writing. I wrote all the time: manuscripts and scenes and chapters – but I wrote for myself. I still find it hard to believe I worked up the courage to pursue publication and find an agent. It takes nerves of steel. Sometimes I have them, sometimes I am a marshmallow, but I persevered, and I found some guts and it took me less than two years from the time I signed with an agent to the time I signed with Harvest House. Those years of silent, timid practice led to something!
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I really, really love Basset Hounds. I would love one. They’re kind of dopey and slow but they have really good hearts. I am clumsy and the most unathletic person ever. If I were an animal, I would trip over my own ears.
What is your favorite food?
I love sushi and luckily in
there are so many restaurants to choose from. I also really, really, really
love popcorn. I could live on popcorn.
I love popcorn. My husband brought home a bag of dill pickle popcorn for me. I love it, but it is a strong flavor that you can only eat a handful at a time. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
One of the biggest problems was one I mentioned earlier. I am too nervous to show people my ideas. Obviously, I am getting better and stronger but I have a lot of insecurities about my writing. The longer I am involved in the writing community, the more I realize how normal this is! We just keep plugging away. There are good days and bad days no matter what stage of the publication journey you’re at.
Tell us about the featured book.
I’m eager to feature that book here, too. Please give us the first page of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder.
I can do slightly better! Readers can read the entire first chapter on my publisher’s website : https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/data/files/excerpts/9780736966405_exc.pdf
Your father and I have decided that, after giving you several opportunities to prove you are pursuing a proper course for a lady of your station and background, we can no longer financially support your endeavors. While we applaud your dedication to your job at Spenser’s, we think it is high time you settled down. Your father and I have long tired of presenting you with eligible suitors, only to have you dismiss them to follow Merinda Herringford around like a bee to honey. We have long felt, and expressed, that she is not fit company for a lady of your potential.* As we seem to be making no headway in securing you a future worthy of your breeding, we can only keep you in our prayers and hope that soon you will see the error of your ways, return to your upbringing, and recognize that a lady of your not inconsiderable age (honestly, Jemima, four-and-twenty is hardly the age to be gallivanting about Toronto unwed) should be making prudent strides toward securing a husband. Please see the enclosed pamphlet suggesting appropriate activities for young ladies who are, as you should be, in pursuit of a proper husband…
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Instagram: www.instagram.com/rachkmcPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rachkmc/
Meet best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem, who launch their own Sherlock Holmes-esque consulting detective business in 1910 Toronto in Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.
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