Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns

Welcome to my blog Rachael Johns. Rachael is an Australian author (via Newcastle Upon Tyne), living in rural Western Australia. Rachael is an English teacher by trade, a mum, a supermarket owner by day, a chronic arachnophob, and a writer by night. She rarely sleeps. Rachael’s love of rural Australia is clearly evident in her books.


A big congratulations Rachael on the release of your new book, The Patterson Girls.

Cover The Patterson Girls

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Rachael Johns


  • She has four half sisters and brothers and didn’t meet her dad until she was 17.


  • She has a bit of a reputation of being a Diet Coke addict, but drinks no more than two cans a day actually.


  • She won a hundred word short story competition at university but has been struggling at keeping her words to a minimum ever since.


  • The first book she wrote was called A BATTLE WITH FOREVER and based on her own high school romance.


  •  She once appeared on a television ad for a bank but cannot now remember the name of the bank.


  • She was at Parliament House in Canberra in 1992 with her whole year seven class when a man from Adelaide drove his four-wheel drive vehicle through the main doors, stopping in the main hall. Her class never did get to complete their tour.


  • She and her husband first danced to ‘The Birdie Song – with a little bit of this and a little bit of that…’ at their wedding.


  • In year nine she spent a weekend LIVING at the Perth Zoo for forty-hour famine!


  • There is a huge possibility she is related to prolific North-East England author, Catherine Cookson.


  • She has a grouse claw broach (go look it up 🙂 ) and it features in the book she is currently writing!


9 thoughts on “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Rachael Johns

  1. Fascinating Carol! Rachael is a delightful lovely lady and I love how she looks to her readers for help and inspiration sometimes in her writing. I have become a bigger fan after meeting her in person last week😊 I love it when writers keep in touch with their readers, I have noticed this very much so with Australian authors, although I do have a couple on the States who I am on good terms with. Just shows we are all alike at the end of the day, very refreshing 😀

  2. Oh wow, Catherine Cookson… that’s a blast from the distant past. My step grandmother LOVED her books!

    As for the diet coke addiction I had to laugh as I just saw something Rachael tweeted or instagrammed recently which featured a can!

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