All Hail the Queen! We have Rachel Van Dyken today, yes you heard me correctly Rachel.
AAR: Rachel you know you are loved, you are amazing, awesome, there are just not enough words, to describe you.
So let me start with the questions, because the readers, your fans want to know..
Where do you get your ideas? I mean you have so many great books, that it amazes me?
RVD: Oh my gosh you make me sound way cooler than I really am. Full disclosure I just cleaned up poop before this interview and had a toddler screaming from constipation, you know just living the glam life all day long! Haha. Honestly my ideas a lot of times just come from life, I’m a horrible eavesdropper. I travel a lot so I typically have my headphones on WITHOUT music just so I can listen to people’s conversations and I always have the best luck when it comes to awkward dinner conversations that I happen to overhear. My husband also really inspires me and tries to give me ideas. I just finished writing Dirty Exes and the whole last half of the book was his idea and I”m like really??? He was also the reason I wrote Eagle Elite, he was like hey you need to write suspense and I’m like yeah I don’t think I know how to do that. He challenged me. I accepted, and now romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres.
AAR: Do you keep a pen and paper handy, just in case an idea comes along, or you see something you like?
RVD: No, I’m horrible with that! I typically send voice messages over Facebook messenger to my PA and then have her email them to me, or I’ll think of something at two am then send myself an email that at the time makes total sense but when I wake up is super cryptic, like make sure Nixon eats cow, trace so sad, ha ha.
AAR:I know that there are people who would like to write, is there any advice you would like to give someone wanting to try it, not that anyone can, this is a gift.
RVD: I say just try it. Most of us authors fell into this, or started writing because it was a dream but never truly believed we could make a living doing it. With anything, it’s an art, a skill that if you practice you can get better at. I always tell people to write all the words, and when you finish, take a break, and keep writing.
AAR: What was your very first book? Even if it was not published?
RVD:Oh man my very first book was about a fallen angel and a slave girl, it was kind of dystopian and really awkward, my sister claims its perfect but every time I think about it I cringe.
AAR: I imagine when you finished your first book, that you were going to send in, your elation, buts that’s just me wondering, could you please explain, how it felt, knowing that this was it, you knew in your heart that this book was going to make it?
RVD:When my first book was accepted I burst into tears and jumped around like a crazy person. To this day I still get excited when I get a book deal or when something is published, the feeling never goes away.
AAR: Again, I have to say that you amaze me, all the books you have, and yet the differences, you have historical, romantic comedy, mafia-so suspense, and heart wrenching books, that I normally try to avoid so that I do not get sad, however yours I still enjoy, how? Normally authors stick to one genre, or they use pseudonym, yet you don’t, what made you want to try all of them?
RVD: I write the way I read. I LOVE all genres and when I go on a kick I’m like hey I’m going to try that, why not write about vampires? Why not write romantic comedy then go and make people burst into tears? It keeps things fresh for me and fun, and I love the variety.
AAR: You know my favorite book from you, which was difficult to pick, but I think it was the “the consequence of loving colton“, I laughed so hard, I just adored Max, he was hilarious, he was perfection, where did get his persona from?
RVD: Max is a combination of Barney from How I Met Your Mother and Schmidt from New Girl, two of my favorite characters of ALL TIME and I was like okay I need to create a character like this who still has alpha like tendencies but who readers will ADORE and I HOPE that I did that with Max.
AAR: Do you ever Google yourself? Read the reviews to know how we your loyal fans feel about a book?
RVD: HAHA I used to, but now I don’t because when you look at the good you also get to look at the bad and I’ve had a tremendous amount of bad especially with your favorite series haha, that seems to be the case with everyone though. When you Google my name one of the first things that pops up is a website where another author literally goes through Elite and bashes it for like paragraphs….soooooooo I do try to go on Goodreads and when people tag me on Facebook or email me their review I’ll respond or retweet, I LOVE reading reviews I DO and I do go on Amazon, iBooks and Barnes and try to like all of them whether they are good OR bad. I use the bad ones to try to get better as a writer and the good ones to counter the ones that tell me to go jump off a cliff lol
AAR: I have to thank you again, and I and am sure many of your loyal readers appreciate that even though you are a wonder in your profession, and have a large following, you answer your emails to your fans, you haven’t forgotten about us, and I think that is one of the reasons why you are so loved.
RVD: You are seriously so sweet. That’s one of the things I have always tried to do, make sure that people know when they talk to me it’s me not my PA not a publicist, not a publisher, but me 😉 And I promise guys it always is 😉 Unless someone says hey I’m answering this for her bc she’s on a plane which does happen haha. Thanks for letting me hang out and for being so sweet!
Meet the Author:
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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Connect with the Author:
Rachel’s Rockin’ Readers: http://bit.ly/RachelsRockinReaders
My friends Rachel was a true class act! And those Authors that she told us about, were jealous, there are always haters!.