Interview with Rachel Black

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find it amazingly therapeutic to write down my thoughts and feelings. It brings a sense of clarity and order to complicated situations.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get most joy when a reader emails me after reading a book and tells me they have exactly the same story! To find others who identify so strongly with all that I feel and experience is reassuring; there are many of us about yet each thinks they are the only one. Do drop me a line!
What are you working on next?
Choosing to live a sober life is not a single decision. I have realised that each day I must continue to make the correct choices and decisions. Staying sober is very different to becoming sober; the excitement has gone, the congratulations stop and it feels as if we have settled down to the nitty gritty of truly living without alcohol- forever. The F word still induces fear in many and I am writing my next book on the challenges to remaining sober in the long term, when the short term interest and motivation falls away.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a diverse interest in reading many genres from Stephen Hawkins to Julia Donaldson! I enjoy my book club for stretching my boundaries and broadening my reading horizons.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am motivated to continue to work and achieve. My self-esteem is very important to my overall mood and lying in bed helps neither of these. I go swimming most mornings at 6.30am. The atmosphere is warm and the water temperature perfect. It is very quiet and it allows my mind to dis-engage and wander as I swim. Utterly refreshing and relaxing at the same time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have young children so can usually be found helping with homework, making packed lunches and ironing. I love to 'Walk and Talk' with any of several girlfriends and I love to travel to the sun.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I ask friends and look past the best sellers onto subsequent pages of listings. I take lots of chances with new books and unknown authors; a few dollars here and there is a lot less than I used to spend on paperbacks!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel was called 'The Girl in the Opposite Bed' and I read it when I was 9 years old. I was engrossed in the story about a young girl rehabilitating after an accident but it was the first time I realised perseverance paid off. I had been tempted to stop reading the book, the longest I had ever read yet I was encouraged to complete it. In doing so I enjoyed the ending as well as the whole story. I would have hated to have missed out on that lesson: Keep Going!
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer strong colours and a simple design. Rightly or wrongly, I prefer covers to which I am drawn to on a screen, rather than anticipating what others may expect to see.
What do you read for pleasure?
My only criterion is that I must not be able to guess a predictable ending when I read the blurb. After that, anything goes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It depends where I am. I prefer my i-padas it's always around for spare moments but I take my kindle on holiday to avoid glare from the sunshine.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Readers have enjoyed my books and have posted many positives reviews, of which I am very proud. I have no skills or experience in marketing and sales, rather I just wanted to write my stories and put them 'out there'. I am stunned by the success my first book, Sober is the New Black, in particular enjoys and am grateful to all those readers who have shared their praise with others. x
Describe your desk
My desk is small and white. I aspire to a large fitted corner desk which I have promised to myself when I become a 'proper writer'.
Published 2014-07-02.
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Books by This Author

The Secret to Being Fashionably Sober and Fabulous
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 37,550. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism
Being sober was once a shameful secret. Now it is a positive lifestyle choice parading down the catwalk in full view of the world. More and more follow the front row fashionistas and realise the wealth of advantages and opportunities brought by the sober life. Sober living was once considered the party pooper who missed all the fun, now it's back in fashion
Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 36,060. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
Wine gradually infiltrated further and further into my life, greedily pushing its way to centre stage and taking over. I spent my evenings drinking it and my mornings suffering from it until I realised this could not go on and I gave up wine. Completely. Forever. I was not prepared for the changes it would bring. Would I ever have fun again? My life changed in ways I could never have believed!
How to Tell Them You Don't Drink (and Deal With the Questions They Ask)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,820. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
Giving up alcohol is hard enough without the additional anxiety of how to break the news to family and friends. Whether you choose to tell them the truth or make an excuse this guide provides examples of how you can make it easier and how to respond to the questions they will ask.
Cake O'Clock
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 40,110. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
A non-fiction heart-wrenching account of a life of disordered dieting and chaotic eating. Why does she overeat and sabotage her own attempts to lose weight, when all she wants is to be slim? Rachel explores her past from anorexia to binge eating and everything in between, in an attempt to break free from a life dictated by dysfunctional eating. A must-read for all life-long dieters.
How to Party Sober
Price: Free! Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism
Socialising without alcohol is feared by many who wish to remain sober. Will they ever have fun again? This step by step guide shows you simple techniques to use in all social occasions to avoid the temptation to drink while enjoying yourself too. Without alcohol your social life will never be the same again; it will be so much better!