Q&A with Rachel Van Dyken

imagerachel van dykenRachel 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!

q&awithrachelSince your latest release is a new book in the Eagle Elite series, Empire, I wanted to ask you: Which character of the Eagle Elite series is the hardest for you to write?

Rachel: Oh wow thats a good question! I think Phoenix was and still is the hardest to write, not because his character is difficult but because of the baggage he still has–his character is really complex and fascinating, as hard as it is to write him, its extremely fun. 

How did you came up with the idea of the Eagle Elite series?

Rachel: All of that goes to my husband 😉 It’s his fault. He was complaining about how I needed to write a suspense novel and then had told me a story about a mob boss that lived a few miles away from us and had been in hiding for like twenty years—basically nate is the reason I even had the story plotted out in the first place 😉 

Also on the note of the Eagle Elite – and I’m pretty sure you won’t answer this – but do you want to tell us the name of Phoenix’s child? 😉

Rachel: Haha, You guys will get more of that later 😉

What was the every first book you ever wrote (published or not published)? 

Rachel: Every Girl Does It was the very first book I actually had published, before that I wrote a book about angels that was HORRIBLE lol but its how I got my feet wet.

Any advice/tips for newbies?

Rachel: Don’t stop writing. I know it sounds lame, but so many people start out with one book and have this intense desire for it to do amazing (dont we all?) and yet they put all their eggs in one basket or give up if the book doesn’t take off. If writing really is your passion keep DOING it and keep releasing books. Don’t give up. 

I’m currently reading The Consequences Of Revenge and I need to ask: How did you come up with Max? Do you have an inspiration for him in your life or how did he come to be?

Rachel: Max is a hybrid combo of Schmidt from New Girl and Barney from How I met your mother! Haha, two of my favorite shows inspired his character. 

When does your next book come out? Can you tell us a bit about it?

Rachel: My next release is The Matchmakers Replacement–I’m so excited for this book release I can barely stand it! 🙂 There is a huge surprise that will release along with this book 😉 It’s the story of Lex and Gabi, Lex is co-owner of this dating app and company that helps girls find their perfect match. They hate each other and they’ve always been off limits–until now. 

Now some quick questions 😉

TV series or movie?

Rachel: TV Series (Game of Thrones)

Coffee or tea?

Rachel: Coffee, unless I’m in the UK and then tea (they know how to do tea right in the UK)

Chocolate or chips?

Rachel: Chocolate

ebook or physical copy?

Rachel: BOTH 🙂 

Coke or Pepsi?

Rachel: Coke zero! 🙂 

Thanks for being here, Rachel!!!! 🙂

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