When I grow up I wanna be a....with Rachael Johns

All my heroines have careers I consider interesting. Careers I’ve at some stage dreamt about having myself.

The heroine from my novel JILTED (coming June 2012 from Harlequin Australia) is a soap-opera actress. In my teens, I was a soap-opera addict and always fancied myself as one of the stars. I even did acting classes for a while, but the closest I got was becoming a high school drama (and English) teacher.

The heroine from my work-in-progress, currently titled MAN DROUGHT, has just bought herself a run-down country pub. Something fascinates me about these old places in the middle of tiny Australian towns, but since it’s highly unlikely I have the funds, where-with-all OR support to buy one and revive it myself, I gave my heroine the job J

Peppa Grant from ONE PERFECT NIGHT is a voice talent, but she doesn’t do boring stuff like adverts or on-hold messages, she does AUDIO BOOKS. As a reader, I’m sure you can see the appeal. Who wouldn’t want to be paid to sit and read books all day? The closest I ever got the THIS job was when I worked as a copywriter for an on-hold messages company (see I KNOW that is BORING) and had to fill in occasionally for the people in the studio who recorded the voice talents. As much fun as I had fiddling with all the switches and sitting in the big swivel chair, I always longed to be on the other side of the glass with those massive ear phones over my head and the mic in front of me. That was the really FUN job.

Other jobs I’ve dreamed of doing include reading the news, being a vet, working as a flight attendant, nursing, diving for ship wrecks… the list goes on. And I think one of the great things about being a writer and/or a reader is that you get to experience so many more careers than you possibly can do in real life.

So, I’m curious… what’s the most interesting character career you’ve ever read and what job would you really like to read about?

Peppa Grant’s fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she’s also heard that he’s aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company’s annual party…but he’s also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family’s holiday get-together, she agrees.


Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron’s only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?





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