Bestselling author Rachael Johns shares her favourite writing craft books

6 writing craft books recommended by bestselling author Rachael Johns
Posted on October 27, 2023

Writing craft books are a mainstay of every author’s bookshelf – we’re always trying to learn more and there’s always more to be learned.

But there are SO many writing craft books out there, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth it.

In October, my Write With Allison Tait group had the opportunity to have a snoop around the bookshelves of bestselling author Rachael Johns, who, along with her insider tips for writing commercial fiction, was kind enough to share with us her favourite writing craft books.

One thing that Zoom has done for us is to take us right inside the homes and writing spaces of our favourite authors, and watching Rachael rummage through her shelves for recommendations was a true moment of joy.

These are the books Rachael Johns has drawn upon – and continues to draw upon – in her journey towards becoming one of Australia’s most successful commercial and romantic fiction authors, and there are many that are beyond ‘the usual suspects, so I’ve decided to share them below.

As for those insider tips, well, you’ll have to join our happy group to watch the recording of our discussion with Rachael… and receive access to all of our previous events with everyone from authors such as Graeme Simsion, Anna Spargo-Ryan, Kate Forsyth, and Natasha Lester, to industry experts like non-fiction publisher Sophie Hamley, editor Nicola O’Shea, agent Annabel Barker, and publisher Laura Sieveking.

And don’t miss Dervla McTiernan in November! Details about the WWAT group are here.

But I digress.

Here for your collecting pleasure are the writing craft books that will always have a place on Rachael Johns’s bookshelf.

Rachael Johns recommends these six writing craft books


10 things about writing by Joanne Harris
The Complete Writers’ Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Carolyn LaFever, Sue Viders



Rachael Johns is the bestselling, ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and many other romance and women’s fiction books, including her recent bestseller, Something to Talk About.

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. Her latest novel is Talk To The Heart.


Write With Allison Tait Dervla McTiernanAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait and you can find out more about me here and more about my online writing courses here.

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Our Industry Insider Zoom event on 20 November, 2023, will feature international bestselling author Dervla McTiernan, and we’re undertaking a 30-day writing challenge. If NaNoWriMo looks too daunting, don’t miss my HaveAGoMo to help progress your manuscript.


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