Rachel McCombie is a freelance copywriter based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Born in London but basically originating from deepest darkest Somerset, I had an unconventional upbringing – educated at home from the age of eight, I was able to spend a lot of time pursuing things I found interesting, both academically and otherwise. My parents encouraged a wide range of interests and taught me not to follow the crowd. As a child I spent virtually every spare hour at the stables, riding and looking after horses – a love that has stayed with me to this day, though I haven’t the time or money at the moment to ride on a regular basis.
The achievement I’m still most proud of is going to Oxford University to read an MA degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at St John’s College, a privilege that opened up many new experiences and opportunities for me. It was a British School at Rome residential summer school I did as part of my degree that introduced me to the enduring appeal of Rome, and I was also able to spend a month on an archaeological dig at Lefkandi, in Greece. It was at Oxford that I discovered a love of gliding, and I’m secretly quite proud of the fact that I learned to fly before I could drive.
I realised I had a flair for writing at GCSE level, which grew further at A level and is something I’ve worked hard to develop continually ever since. In 2011 I completed a Diploma in Copywriting, and in addition to the writing I do for clients, I also write a lot in my own name – in particular for my Rome blog and for SEOptimise.
In my rare free moments I’m training for a private pilot’s licence and I love to travel when I have the money. I’m an avid reader, counting Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Gabriel Garcia Marquez among my favourite authors. I also love baking and cooking, and you’ll see a fair few recipes popping up on my blog.