RACHEL DYKEN INTERVIEW TONIGHT: NOW!!! Sept. 27, 2013


We Are So Lucky to Have

Rachel Dyken

Here today

Thanks for Coming!

Here we go…

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Rad-Reader:  Where did you grow up and did it influence you’re writing at all?


Rachel:  I grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Eastern WA), where cows outnumbered people. I think it did contribute to my writing because being a country girl I was able to play "pretend" a lot because there really wasn't a lot going on.


Rad-Reader:  What are the first 3 words do you think of when you think of your newest book?


Rachel:  Uncensored, Steamy, Manipulation


Rad Reader:  Would your newest lead characters like themselves? Do you think the ones in say, “Elite” did? Since that is the last one I read?


Rachel:   lol I’m not sure Nixon or Chase actually like themselves, that’s actually something I touch on in the next book. The guilt factor that that son of a mafia boss has after living the lifestyle he has lived. I think the whole idea behind writing flawed characters is that when they look in the mirror they don't like what they see because all they see is the bad, I think that’s true of everyone, sometimes it takes someone else loving us enough--for us to love ourselves.


Rad Reader:  What books influenced your writing style do you think? Why?


Rachel:  EVERY BOOK--I've always been an avid reader. I read any and everything. I'm a fan of books that let the characters tell the story. I hate narrating. I love letting dialogue speak for the book.


Rad Reader:  Is there an author you would like to meet and why?


Rachel:  I would have loved to meet CS Lewis--brilliant man!


Rad Reader:  Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, or hardback books?


Rachel:  There's just something about a paperback or walking into a book store but I'm an instant gratification type person when it comes to reading so I’m thankful for my e-reader!


Rad Reader:  There are a lot of books turned into movies any you can think of you like the movie better than the book?


Rachel:  Oh wow, tough question! I honestly think I liked The Hunger Games movie better than the book just because it brought it to life for me, but normally I always feel like book to movies are epic fails...

Rad Reader:  What are you currently reading and in what format (e-book, paperback, or hardcover?)


Rachel:  Right now I'm reading Grace Burrowes newest release Gabriel. I'm actually reading it for a review blog ;)


Rad Reader:  Any authors that you have seen lately that they have just grabbed your attention?


Rachel:  I recently read an amazing book by debut author Alyssa Rae Taylor, LOVED IT!  


Rad Reader:  Who does your covers and do you have any say over them?


Rachel:  My publisher does the covers for (Elite, Elect, The Bet, and The Wager) and my cover artist and friend Laura Heritage does my covers for all the self pubbed books ;)


Rad Reader: Do you do trailers or have you thought about doing them? Why?


Rachel:  I have a few book trailers and LOVE the idea of having one for each book, it's just hard to remember to get someone to do them! I have someone actually working on the book trailer for Elect ;)


Rad Reader:  Do you write under a pen name? Why?


Rachel:  I think I probably should have, but no, Rachel Van Dyken is my real name.


Rad Reader:  Your funniest childhood memory.


Rachel:  Hmm, probably eating a spider when I was 3 because my sister was crying and terrified of it. I don't know why the first thought in my brain was to eat it, but oh well! She stopped crying!


Rad Reader:  Any Pets or pet peeves?


Rachel:  LOL I have two boxers! Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Maximums...the only pet peeve I have is having to wait for my books to release ;)


Rad Reader:  Your Favorite: Drink, dessert, & food?


Rachel:  White Mocha Americano, Tiramisu, and Chicken Pad Thai


Rad Reader:  If you could be one of your characters for one day, which one would you be & why?


Rachel:  Trace from Elite...SHE GETS TO BE IN A SWOONWORTHY love triangle--and she has Nixon protecting her. Enough said.

Rad-Reader: So right there with you sister!!! Me too.


Rad Reader:  What are you working on now?


Rachel:  Right now I'm doing promo for my newest release The Wager, and I'm finishing up the third Eagle Elite book.


Rad Reader:  What are the things you never leave home without (apart from: keys, money, & phone)?

Rachel:  I always take either my computer or my iPad so I can take notes, I also carry around a pop up map of London for when I'm writing my historicals.


Rad Reader: Do you like to sleep late or get up early on the weekends?


Rachel:  I always have great intentions on sleeping in and waking up with a smile on my face, but I’m almost always woken up by my phone instead, then I just get up and work.


Rad Reader: Laptop, desktop or longhand when writing your wonderful stories like The Bet & Elite?


Rachel:  Laptop ;)


Rad Reader:  Your favorite gadget you can’t live without?


Rachel:  My computer or my phone. They are both permanently attached to my person.


Rad Reader: When’s your best time to write?


Rachel:  I love writing during the day but find lots of inspiration late at night.


Rad Reader: Do you read reviews and do they affect your day either way good or bad?


Rachel:  Yes I read them. I've gotten better about not letting them affect me. I mean you can have a five star and one star all within the span of two minutes, so I try to look at everything as constructive criticism, I'm always learning and trying to perfect what I do.


Rad Reader:  What actor could you see as the lead in Elite?


Rachel:  That is SUCH a hard question!!! I don’t even know! I had a reader say Ian Somehalder could play Nixon, I think I'd like to see that.

Rad-Reader:  Okay, now I have thought about this since I asked it.  Here are a few I thought about as I was reading lol. Kellen Lutz (Twilight), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Aaron Tveit (Graceland) & Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) Okay, did I over think this. :0)


Rad Reader:  On your next book, what actor, if it was made into a TV series or movie would you like to see playing your characters?


Rachel:  Feel free to send pics. Wow again, tough choice! I love Tom Hardy ha-ha can I pick him? I think he would be an awesome Jake ;)

Rad-Reader:  Wow! Has so many looks that one…


Rad Reader: Can you recommend any good books you’ve read lately?


Rachel:  Raising Ryann, Gabriel (Grace Burrowes), and The Hush: Hush series ;)


Rad Reader:  Where can we reach you?


Rachel:  Facebook, Goodreads, Tweeter, etc…Rachel Van Dyken Author (Facebook) @RachVD (Twitter) Rachel Van Dyken Author (Goodreads)


Thank you so much for taking a break from your busy schedule to answer all our questions.  Please check all of Rachel’s books. The ones I’ve had the pleasure of reading were wonderful.
She's a writer on fire!

 

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