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Rachel Johns: My Love Affair With Television Soap-Operas

Hi, I’m Rachael Johns, I write rural romance and I’m a TV Soap Addict.

At least I was, once upon a time before I popped out three kids in quick succession, losing one much-loved soap-opera with each one of them!

Why do they insist on putting soap-operas on at terrible times for Mums? Here in Australia, my two fave soapies were Neighbours and Home & Away and they were on at 6.30pm and 7pm at night, smack-bang in the middle of the time I get my kids bathed and into bed. Yes, woe is me, I could have recorded them I suppose but I was never good with stuff like that.

I must admit, I don’t miss them as much as I thought I would, but I DO still get nostalgic when I read an article about the anniversary of something special on the show. Recently TV Week did a special on the anniversary of Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene’s (Kylie Minogue) wedding and I lapped it all up. I was VERY little when that wedding was screened but I remembered LOVING it. In fact, I loved all the relationships and weddings that happened on my two favourite soaps so I guess it’s not surprising that this little girl grew up to write ROMANCE!!

As a writer, we’re often asked where we get our ideas from and for my recent rural romance JILTED, my love of soap operas formed one of the puzzle pieces. I needed a heroine who had left a small town and started another career that looked to be far more glamorous than life in a small town – she doesn’t think that but the residents of the small town do. Then, suddenly I thought of my love of soaps and decided one way to pamper this love was to make my heroine a soapie actress!!

When I’m writing (or planning) what a character does for a career plays a big part for me. I’ve written about a voice talent, a cultural anthropologist, a country pub owner, and of course a soapie star. I guess in a way, through my writing, I get to experience careers that I may not ever have the chance to actually do.

So, this is my roundabout way of saying that although my books are not auto-biographical, they do each have a little bit of me in them!

Now… before I go, let’s chat TV shows! Are you a soap-opera fan like me or do you prefer something else? Reality TV? Dramas? Crime shows? I’d love to hear what your favourite TV show is and WHY!?

Thanks for having me Shannon!

Jilted Blurb:

She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

If you’d like to contact Rachel, you can find her lurking in these areas:

Website: www.rachaeljohns.com

Blog: www.rachaeljohns.wordpress.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Johns/260103224001776

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/RachaelJohns

Rachel’s book, Jilted, can be purchased from Harlequin and Amazon, and all good e-retailer stores.

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6 responses

  1. Interesting about experiencing different careers through your characters. Unfortunately i don’t get to choose what mine do… they arrive with the career of their choice already underway. *frowns at the injustice of that.

    My favourite shows atm are Offspring and Once Upon a Time. I think the reason I love them is that they’re both complete escapes from ordinary life 😉

    June 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

    • LOL Robyn – I get that too but I think sometimes my sub-conscious influences my new characters 🙂 I barely watch any TV at the moment so haven’t seen either Offspring OR Once Upon A Time unfortunately!

      June 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  2. I LOVE Once Upon A Time – we’ve made it a family favourite, and we all sit on the sofa and snuggle to watch it. And we record it and watch it the next day for the littlies who can’t stay up and watch the whole thing. It’s one of those shows where you can’t help but immerse yourself in it! Totally agree!

    June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks for having me on your AWESOME blog Shannon!! I can see I’m seriously going to have to hunt down the first episodes of Once Upon A Time and catch up!!

      June 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  3. Rach, I don’t get to watch much TV so I never had a chance to get hooked on soaps.

    When we did have a telly, I worked shifts and was never home the same time twice in a row. Now we don’t have a telly (you have to PAY for a TV Licence here in the UK, so we just got rid of ours), and I have even less time to watch anyway.

    I did watch every episode of Glee the plane’s entertainment system on my last flight home to Aus. If I had time could definitely get hooked on that. It sounds like there are loads of other fab shows out there too.

    God, please give me twenty five hours days!

    In about fifteen years time when the kids are grown up you may get to watch soaps again. In the meantime, writing about them seems a good compromise. 😉

    June 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  4. I’m both horrified for you – and envious! No T.V. Sounds like hell, but also a strange little heaven.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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