A Conversation with Rachelle Dekker

Today, the INSPY Awards warmly welcomes author, Rachelle Dekker. Her novel, The Calling (Tyndale) is on the 2017 shortlist in the Speculative Fiction category. Please join us in welcoming Rachelle.

Rachelle shares “behind the scenes” of her writing journey, a teaser of what’s next, nightstand reading – plus more!

ABOUT the BOOK

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.

As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels–he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp–and the CityWatch soldiers closing in–Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing. – Goodreads

Interview Questions

INSPYs: What was the inspiration behind your YA trilogy or The Calling specifically? I always say that first and foremost I am writing to discover truth in my own life. When I started the Seer Series identity was a theme I was growing in and trying to understand myself. So I created characters that battled with the same questions I did. In the Calling specifically, I was dealing with fear: fear of not measuring up, fear of letting people down, fear of failure. All major themes throughout The Calling.

Also, I have always been a big fan of world building and YA, so a dystopian setting was the perfect backdrop for me to write against. A little mystery, a little romance, a lot of action. I just thought, what would I like to read, and tried to write that.

What were some of the greatest challenges in creating this world? Making sure it felt authentic. What could the world really look like 100 plus years from now? What would people be like, how would they act, what would they say? Would it be very different of just more of the same? And I had to constantly check myself in order to not slow the pacing of the novel as I described the setting and world. The trick was to let the reader in fast enough to latch on, but serve them more detail as they continued to read. Or at least, that’s what I was trying to do J

What’s next for you? Well the third and final book in the Seer Series, The Returning came out early this year, so now I’m onto the next writing project. I won’t say much about it, but I will say it’s going to be my first stand-alone novel with a departure from dystopian into the realm of psychological thriller. It’s going to be a wild ride that I promise!

JUST FOR FUN QUESTIONS

1. What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? I’m in between books so on my reading list is (just to name a few):

The Devil In the White City (Erik Larson)

Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)

Truly, Madly, Guilty (Liane Moriarty)

Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert)

2. What are you currently watching? SO MUCH! I love TV. I get so inspired from the great writing on TV. Okay, so currently I love Last Kingdom (Netflix original), Black Sails (I mean, hello pirates), This is Us (which always has me crying), Rosewood (a hilarious crime drama), and Elementary (because I am trying to get my Sherlock fix since Sherlock is over).

(Editor’s Note: I know the feeling. Although I will admit, I’m hoping for more from BBC Sherlock – even if it’s only a single film!)

Photo: CBS

Faceoff Questions:
  1. Coffee or Tea? All THE COFFEE
  2. Cake or Pie? Umm… Ice cream
  3. Comedy or Action? Neither is done well with out a little bit of the other

ABOUT the AUTHOR

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.


Thanks so much for joining us on the INSPYs blog today, Rachelle. It was a pleasure to host you and spotlight your shortlist novel, The Calling.