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Author Interview: Rhew 2 Rhew part 2

Thank you for having me on your site today, Lisa, and thanks to her readers for joining us!

I’m here as part of the Rhew 2 Rhew tour! My husband, Deek Rhew, wrote an amazing thriller called 122 Rules, published by Pandamoon on April 5! In addition, my publisher chose the month of April to feature my trilogy, so Deek and I decided to make a thing of it. And the Rhew 2 Rhew Tour was born! 😉 Stay tuned because there’s an opportunity for you to enter a Rafflecopter drawing for a chance at a $50 Amazon gift card!

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Lisa thought it would be fun if Deek and I interviewed each other. Instead of those standard writing questions, you’ll get a bit of a sneak peek into our personalities and lives on a deeper level. So, without further ado, my husband interviews me.

D: Hi, Erin! It’s totally awesome to get to interview my beautiful bride! Of all the people in the world, there’s no one I’d rather talk to than you. Okay, let’s see if I can ask some questions no one else thinks to ask. 🙂

Let’s start with writing and the Fulfillment Series questions.

1) Your friend Danielle did a fantastic job of designing the symbols to represent each nation. Each of them has multiple layers of meaning, that represent the abilities and beliefs of the people of that nation. What I don’t think people know about is the origin of the name of each nation. Can you tell us about that?

Dream Team member Danielle did a LOT of research on these symbols, and though she’s told me a lot about them, I can’t remember the details like she can. Thankfully, she wrote a blog post leading up to the release of The Fulfillment that explains them all. The posts can be found

vanguard_officialhere (Vanguard)

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here (Ethereal)

volton_officialhere (Volton)

here (Ecclesiastic)

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here (Outlander)

But the long story short is they all represent the five different elements: wind, water, earth, air, and spirit. And three of them are deeply rooted in Greek mythology. Each symbol says something about the people groups who wield them as well. Take a look at each picture and see if you can see warriors in the Vanguard, powerful yet calm in the Ethereal, smart and scientific in the Voltons, religious and studious in the Ecclesiastics, and dangerous and mysterious in the Outlanders. I think so, and I think that’s the genius to Danielle’s designs.

2) The love triangle in your stories is unique and unconventional. But Layla isn’t the only one lucky in love in these stories. When you started writing did you know who Grant, Vespa, Sampson, Mia, and everyone else was going to end up with at the end? Or did they surprise you with their choices?

I think I knew about Grant from the start, but everyone else developed along the way. You can’t trust the feelings of Layla, Wil, and Nash because they’re being manipulated by a supernatural force. But the other members fall in love over time as people do. I don’t consider myself the creator of their story as much as the transcriber. So, I waited with bated breath to see what would happen just like a reader would! LOL!

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3) You have some fiercely loyal fans that have done some amazing things to show you their support. Tell us about a couple of your favorites.

I have completely amazing fans. They go above and beyond to support me. Some fans started a Prophecy fandom website. People tweet me as they read my story and share with me how they’re feeling. I’ve had bloggers drive across the country and fly around the world to interview me. And one fan/blogger connected with Deek and I so much that she came to our wedding!

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4) When the writing flows–the characters are speaking quickly and clearly and you just can’t type fast enough–it’s a completely amazing, almost euphoric literary experience. Can you tell us about a time when that was happening? Where were you and what scene(s) were you writing?

I think most of my creative process is like that. It’s the editing that slow everything down. But I remember writing a scene in The Outlanders, that’s now common referred to as “THE scene.” I was sitting in my bed writing and listening to “My Immortal” by Evanescence. The words and emotions were just pouring from my heart. I even started to cry. And for the rest of the day, I was in a funk. And I remember wondering if it would effect other people the way it did me when I wrote it, and from the feedback I’ve received, it did.

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5) Trinna is the feline literary equivalent of Rick Riordan. What writing advice do you think she would give you if she could talk?

LOL! She’s something, that’s for sure. I think she’d tell me to listen to the characters. It’s never worked for me to try and control the fate of my characters because they want to tell their story the way they want to tell it.

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Okay, let’s talk about YOU!

6) You and I are planning to be professional vagabonds in a few years. For you, what place are you most excited to go experience?

New York City. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE New York, and I’ve always wanted to live there. The city has a pulse and an aliveness I’ve never experienced anywhere else. When we were there in June, we discovered the part of NYC we want to live in, and I can’t wait to do it. I may have already looked at apartments, even though we won’t be vagabonds for quite some time. LOL!

I’m also REALLY looking forward to Europe. I’ve never been outside the United States, so I’m stoked to see England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. After spending so much time studying the English monarchy, I’ll be particularly jazzed to see and go inside the Tower of London! And of course, I must see all things related to the Master Bard as well as Michaelangelo’s work in Italy.

7) In the movie About Time, the MC discovers he can go back and relive–and in his case change–events the past. Let’s say you are granted the ability to go back and relive–though not change–a day in your youth, what would you pick?

Wow, I don’t know if I could pick just one, but I think they’d all revolved around my family. I’d like to go back to the time I went to Busch Gardens with my uncle, aunt, and cousins or the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas Eve at my great-grandma’s house. But I think I’d pick this simple time:

I adore my grandfather (PaPa). He’s always been such a hero in my eyes. Well, one day, my Mema (grandma) had to go somewhere, and she left PaPa in charge of “babysitting” me. She gave him specific instructions to feed me this special dinner she’d left in the fridge. Well, as soon as she left, he said, “Do you want French fries for dinner?” Of course I said yes. And he went to the back, grabbed a big box of potatoes is brother had dropped off, and made homemade fries. They were the BEST fries I’d ever eaten. And best of all, I got to spend the time talking and laughing with my PaPa.

3386204_origPaPa has always called me his “BabyDoll.”

 

Let’s geek!

8) The next season of Game of Thrones is coming! Tell us your theory of Jon Snow and who you believe will ride the dragons?

Oh boy! What a loaded question! Hahaha! Ok, I believe that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. In the first book, Ned kept remembering his sister whispering, “Promise me, Ned.” And I think she was asking him to promise to take care of her child and to make sure Robert Baratheon (to whom she was supposed to be marrying) never found out the child was hers and Rhaegar’s. Which means…Jon Snow is the actual legitimate heir to the throne of Westros.

Targaryen tradition always has three riders on the three main dragons. So, I’m hoping the riders will be Jon Snow (who’s brought back to life by the Red Woman–and having “died” is now free from his bond to the Night’s Watch), Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister.

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9) Favorite characters for each of the following:

Game of Thrones: Gah– it’s a toss up between Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister

A Knight’s Tale: I think I like Chaucer the best. Little known fact, I’m an English major who does not enjoy Chaucer. So, I enjoyed this portrayal of him, and I like recognizing moments in the movie that related back to from the tales I’d been forced to read in high school and college. 😉

Star Trek: What are we talking here? Old, new, Next Generation? I love old Captain Kirk, new Spock, and Picard from The Next Generation.

Star Wars: I would have said Hans Solo, but after seeing the new one, Rey is now at the top of my list! #GirlPower

Justified: Wow, I surely can’t pick a favorite between Rayland Givens and Boyd Crowder because they’re two sides of the same coin.

Vikings: Lagertha for sure! With Athelstan as a close second.

 

Favorite Star Trek scene. Go! It gets me every. single. time. when Spock tells off the Vulcan High Council in the opening of the new Star Trek. I replay that over and over again in my brain. There are tons of good scenes in those movies though.

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Favorite Percy Jackson scene. Go! Let me clarify we’re talking about the books here because I refuse to even acknowledge the movies use the same characters. With that out of the way, pretty much any scene with Percy in it. He’s the snarkiest dude, and he makes me laugh and laugh. I really love scenes that involve both him and Leo (from the second series Heroes of Olympus) because Leo is a mini-Percy.

10) You love dystopians. If you could live in a dystopian world, which would you choose?

Let me first say I’m fairly certain I’d die in any dystopian world. While I’ve got ninja fighting skills, I’m not super “outdoorsy.” But if you came with me, Deek, I think we’d have a good chance at survival. You are like MacGuyver after all.

Hmmmmm…let’s see. I think I’d like to live in the time after the time that’s portrayed in Justin Cronin’s The Passage. The books starts out with these historical notes, and I’d like to be the people studying this massive event that happened rather than experiencing the actual event myself. How’s that for chicken? LOL!

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Thanks for interviewing me, honey! And thanks, Lisa, for letting us have a little fun. Readers, here’s the giveaway information…

For those that don’t know, Erin is a young adult fantasy author who is married to adult thriller author, Deek Rhew. Together, they are “the Rhews,” and their street team is the Rhewination!

8659935_origDeek and Erin– Join the Rhewination! 😉

Last week, Deek went on blog tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, 122 Rules. And this week, Erin is on tour to promote her fantasy trilogy, The Fulfillment Series! PS. There’s a giveaway–a $50 Amazon gift card!!

So, here’s a little bit more about Erin, Deek, and The Fulfillment Series:

The Prophecy(Fulfillment Series Book 1)

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Title: The Prophecy

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

Available Now! Amazon Buy Link

Synopsis:

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

 

The Outlanders (Fulfillment Series Book 2)

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Title: The Outlanders

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

Available Now! Amazon Buy Link

The Fulfillment (Fulfillment Series Book 3)

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Title: The Fulfillment

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

Available Now! Amazon Buy Link

About Erin Rhew

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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by- side.

 

Connect with Erin Online!

For the latest and greatest, visit her web page:

www.ErinRhewBooks.com

 

About Deek Rhew

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Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

Connect with Deek!

For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:
www.DeekRhewBooks.com

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Author:

Lisa Arrington is a mother to two wonderful who has always had a passion for writing. Lisa attended a local technical college and received an associate degree in Computer Networking which she put right to use. Lisa currently lives in Southern Arizona with her two sons and when not writing she can be found curled up on her favorite chair with Kindle in hand, reviewing books for her blog, chauffeuring the boys around town for basketball games or playing Candy Crush Soda on her phone. She loves the color blue, can't get enough cherry cheesecake ice cream or Junior Mints and will forever be in a power-struggle over the big screen TV with her youngest child.

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