Genres: Actor, Athletes, Coming of Age, Romance, Romantic Comedy
My “Quickie” Interview today is with Rachel Van Dyken, a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.
Rachel writes every type of romance from contemporary, super steamy, new adult, historical, mafia and even paranormal romance.
Last week, Rachel was able to see her words come to life when her book, The Matchmaker’s Playbook, premiered as a movie on Passionflix.
I loved it and I’m already looking forward to a re-watch. (Seeing Nick Bateman’s twinkling eyes and naked butt again doesn’t hurt either)
I’ve been a fan of Rachel’s books for 5 years (Also a fan of her hilarious Grandma Nadine who she has written in some of her books)
She never disappoints with her books or with her endless energy.
I’m so excited and honored to help you get to know her better.
She’s one of the most generous, positive, and kindest authors.
She’s beyond appreciative of bloggers and extremely interactive with her readers.
FUN RACHEL FACTS
★ Her birthday is 5/19
★ Rachel used to be a school counselor, and the kids actually inspired her to write her first story after one of their sessions, the Ugly Duckling Debutante.
★ She studied Human Resource Management at California Coast University.
★ She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and son.
★ She’s a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.
★ She loves reading, baking, CrossFit, Starbucks coffee, wine, Swedish fish, popcorn balls, Outlander and The Bachelor.
★ She’s not a fan of heights, bees, small spaces or spiders.
★ She writes 6-12 hours (5K-10K words) a day and sometimes up to 4 books at once with no outlines and always with music or the TV as background noise.
★ Rachel is what is known as a hybrid author. It means she publishes with big traditional publishers while still publishing her own work.
★ Nate and Rachel are on the cover of her book, Capture.
Rachel’s real-life HEA:
She met Nate at her sister Kristin’s wedding to … (here’s the awesome part) – Nate’s brother, Harry.
I love it!!
Rachel and Kristen are sisters, sisters-in-law, both are Van Dykens and both authors!!!
(Kristen’s pen name is Kristin Vayden)
✦ Grab 3 of her books for free:
✦ If you’ve missed any of my other 12 author interviews, check them out on my blog site:
✦ Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
~ Quickie Questions ~
1. Where is the strangest place you’ve ever gotten a great story idea?
✧ I always get story ideas in bed and when I’m at the coffee shop, the strangest place is probably at the movie theatre? Maybe?
2. What is the last book you’ve loved?
✧ I adored The Cruel Prince!
3. What is your favorite TV or Netflix series?
✧ Obsessed with Game of Thrones, like its almost unhealthy
4. Bucket list vacation spot?
5. Who is your favorite book boyfriend from another author?
✧ Oh man, my new favorite book boyfriend is from Audrey Carlan soon to be announced new series
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
✧ “Oceans by Hillsong”
7. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
8. Who is your unicorn author?
✧ OH WOW that’s actually super hard, probably Nora Roberts
9. What is your favorite brand of mascara?
✧ Better than Sex
10. What’s your favorite name out of all your characters?
✦✦ GIVEAWAY ✦✦
Your choice of 1 ebook of Rachel’s or if you own them all, a $5 Amazon Gift Card or a 1 month paid subscription to Passionflix.
✦ TO ENTER ✦
➜ LIKE my DIRTY BLONDE BOOKS page (if you don’t already) AND this post.
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➜ LIKE Rachel’s Author Page:
➜ COMMENT BELOW with your answer “1., 2. or 3.”
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3.) WAIT UNTIL THE DAY YOU GET AROUND TO FINALLY READING THEM?
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❥ TAGGING a friend
(2 additional bonus entries if the friend isn’t already a Dirty Blonde Books ”liker”)
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✦ ✦ The winner will be chosen at random on 3/28.
Good Luck!! 😘
★ The video has music so turn down the volume if you’re in a quiet place.
The song is Dangerous Night by Thirty Seconds To Mars.
It’s on Rachel’s Spotify list for her new release, The Consequences of Rejection: https://amzn.to/2IU9ett