Interview with Rachel Van Dyken, Author of Elect

 

Please welcome Rachel Van Dyken to the virtual offices this morning!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Rachel Van Dyken] Starbucks addicted author who loves reading as much as she loves writing and thinks the world would be a happier place if everyone sang instead of talked.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Elect?

[Rachel Van Dyken]  The Elect are a group of friends who grew up together in the mafia underworld. They formed an alliance when they were little because they wanted to protect those who couldn’t protect themselves. On the outside they appear privileged and mean–when really they are the exact opposite.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

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Spotlight and Giveaway – The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

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Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

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