We have a special treat for you today! Our staff reviewer Rachel Van Dyken, who happens to have also hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List last week, has stopped by with a fun interview and contest. We also thank Angie (her assistant and RtB staffer) for conducting the interview for us. So, ladies… take it away!
Angie:When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Rachel: When I was born. KIDDING….I just started writing a few years ago. I was a school counselor and used writing as a way to escape and kind of get rid of all the stress in my life. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Angie: Who are your favorite authors?
Rachel: My favorite authors are Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Maya Banks, Julie Lessman, Abbi Glines, and Carla Capshaw.
Angie: Do you have a favorite character out of all your books?
Rachel: My favorite character EVER is probably Nixon from Elite. He’s so different then the rest of the characters I’ve written. He’s crazy protective, super mature, but also really controlling and kind of scary. I love it!
Angie: Do you prefer writing historical or new adult more so over the other?
Rachel: Historical or New Adult? AHH not a fair question! To me historical is SO FUN, I love the research and time period. But, New Adult just…comes easier. Does that make sense? I feel like I can’t help but write New Adult, historical takes a bit more thought. I like to switch between the two. I never work on one manuscript at a time. I usually have a historical and a new adult I’m working on simultaneously.
Angie: Have you ever based a character off of someone you know and love?
Rachel: Yes I always use my husband as inspiration because I LOVE HIM and he’s amazing. I based Grandma Nadine from The Bet off my actual grandma. She’s hilarious and literally my best friend. We are together at least four times a week. Tomorrow we get our eyebrows waxed haha she’s 85 and awesome. I love her and I really wanted to base a character off her, so her legacy of awesomeness lives on in Grandma Nadine.
Angie: Have you ever based a character off of someone you don’t like?
Rachel: HAHA!!! OH my gosh that’s such a great idea!!! No..I actually haven’t. Is that weird? I’ve never used ex-boyfriends or people I don’t like. For some reason whenever I write the protagonist or the character I don’t like, I try to break down what makes a person unlikable…or what traits or mannerisms make them the type of person you want to hate.
Angie: Take us through a typical day of writing for you.
Rachel: I’m pretty boring. I get up and answer emails first. Which usually takes around an hour. Then I get on Facebook and respond to readers. Then get my coffee! I either run or get ready for my day depending on my running schedule. Then I sit in my “writing cave” and write until the husband comes home. I usually try to write an 8 hour day or at least close. I get distracted in between. But I do stay home and write all day. It’s my full time job. People always ask how I write so fast, well it’s because I treat it like a 9-5 job, which it is. With marketing and everything else, it’s very time consuming and I want to put out books fast.
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandyken.com.