Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. A lover of romance and women’s fiction, Rachael loves nothing more than sitting in bed with her laptop and electric blanket and imagining her own stories.

Rachael has finaled in a num­ber of competitions, including the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Jilted (her first rural romance) won Favourite Australian Contemporary Romance in 2012 and The Patterson Girls won the 2016 Romance Writers of Australia RUBY Award and also the 2015 Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction. She continually places in Booktopia’s Top 50 Aussie Authors poll.

Rachael lives in the Swan Valley with her hyperactive husband, three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, two ravenous cats, a cantankerous bird and a very badly behaved dog.

Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted via her website – www.rachaeljohns.com She is also on Facebook and Twitter.


Sunday, 11 July 2021, 3:15:00 am UTC


What I learnt in 10 years of publishing.

Publishing is like being on a never-ending rollercoaster, except in that the rollercoaster is constantly evolving, so you never know what’s around the next bend. 

It’s an ever-changing industry that is not for the faint hearted. Getting published is only the first hurdle but staying published requires luck, stamina and a strong stomach. After fifteen years attempting to get published, this year Rachael Johns celebrates ten years since seeing her first book on a shelf. In this workshop, she talks about what she’s learned on the ride – everything from writing craft and building a strong community of readers to how to live with the doubt and anxiety that plagues most authors.

The workshop will cover:

  • Writing life and how to stay sane

  • Writing craft tips

  • Growing your readership