Spotlight on Rachel Van Dyken

rachel van dyken

We are thrilled to have Rachel as our spotlight author this week! Rachel’s books span multiple genres, contemporary romance, mafia romance, historical romance and more! You always know you are going to get interesting storylines and characters you just can’t get enough of. Rachel took time out of her crazy writing schedule, and time with her ADORABLE new baby to answer our 20 questions. Check out her answers below.


1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No! 😉 I went to school for psychology mainly because I thought it would be interesting and I’d always wanted to help people.

2. Are you a full time writer?  If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”  

I am a full time writer! AND loving every minute of it! Before writing full time, I was a school counselor (grades K-8) I also worked at learning center and helped hire teachers to tutor kids. So basically I worked with kids, A LOT!

3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

Not to sweat the small stuff. As you get older you realize that it’s your mistakes that mold you into the person you are.

4. Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?

I work on multiple story lines. Typically I’ll be writing three to four books at once.

5.  You flip genres often (mafia, contemporary, historical, ect.). Do you have a favorite?

OH MAN! That’s a tough question…usually the one I’m writing or focusing on at the time is my favorite. I love writing comedy, but mafia romance is probably where my heart is at the moment.

6. Have you experienced any of your stories personally?

Not really. I do think its hard not to project your own personality onto the characters though.

7. What are your biggest distractions?

My son lol. I basically want to hold him all day so it’s hard to get stuff done, but for the most part I’ve learned that balance and now I’m back to my normal writing routine. I just take longer breaks in between.

8. What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?

My least favorite part of the process is when I’m under deadline and I’m not necessarily feeling the story but I have to finish it anyway because I need to turn it in!

9. Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?

No. Its my favorite. If I could write from the male POV all the time I would.

10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?

I love spending time with my family, working out, traveling, reading (I’m an AVID reader), and wine tasting!

11. Do you have a favorite author or book?

That’s such a hard question because I read so much! I will say my favorite historical author is Julia Quinn.

12. Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?  

I’ve had that happen ONCE and it was devastating!

13. Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?

I think every author gets writers block…I typically keep things fresh by working on several manuscripts at a time, writers block comes when you are forcing something that’s not working…so switching it up helps a lot.

14.  Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?

YES! I actually did that just last night, only I wasn’t at dinner. I was in bed, trying to sleep, and sent myself an email.

15. What does your writing work space look like?

Chaos. I have a great desk and little office but now that I have a baby I’ve kind of spread myself around the house. My poor husband!

16. Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?

You can’t please everyone. I think you have to go into writing knowing that some people are going to love you some are going to hate you but what matters is you are staying true to yourself and your characters. Take criticism and work on your craft. I’ve taken lots of bad reviews and gone, “Okay how can I work on this for my next book?” Nobody’s perfect!

17. Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?

I do! I usually have graphics made but for the most part when you create a character in your head they are unique to the story and its hard to place a certain actor or actress with that specific character when they don’t quite meet the mark.

18. Can you tell us what you are working on next?

Right now I’m finishing up The Consequence of Seduction, Reid’s story…;) I’m on deadline with it so I’m hoping to get done this week!

19. What is in your purse right now?

Sunglasses, weight lifting gloves, spearmint gum, benadryl, hand sanitizer, two pens, iPhone, keys, an Albertsons monopoly piece, several receipts, wallet, and headphones.

20. Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?

One of my favorite scenes is when Nixon starts quoting Shakespeare to Trace in Elect 😉 I don’t know why maybe because it shows he has a softer side? I have another favorite but the book hasn’t released yet…It’s from Elude which is the 7th book in the Eagle Elite series….;)























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!



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