Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fabulous Feature-Rachel Dylan:A Faith-Based Outlet

Today we welcome author:
Rachel Dylan

One commenter will win an copy of
Rachel's eBook:

 Trial and Tribulations

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International Readers invited to enter!

Mary here. I'm so happy Rachel is visiting with us this weekend. I asked Rachel to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said: 

A Faith-Based Outlet

Since I was a child, I have always loved to read and write. I remember going to the library when I was little, and it was one of my favorite things to do. I truly was a book nerd.

Faith was a way of life for me, having grown up a preacher’s daughter. But it wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized my true passion and direction for writing—and that was writing Christian fiction. It wasn’t something I specifically set out to do, but when it happened it changed me. 

I worked full time as a lawyer, and I was in the midst of trial preparation. But I decided to enter a writing contest for Love Inspired Suspense. A contest I almost didn’t enter because, I thought, do I really have the time for this? There were a million reasons not to try, but I did. I took a small step driven by faith. And with God’s help, I made the time. 

Through that contest, I got my first contract with my Love Inspired Suspense and my debut released in August of 2014. I am still writing for Love Inspired Suspense, and I really enjoy it.

Writing has challenged me to take my faith to a different level. For me, writing is something I love to do, but it also provides me with a faith-based outlet of expression. In Trial & Tribulations, releasing on November 17th, I decided to expand beyond the romantic suspense genre. I took a risk and wrote a legal suspense about spiritual warfare. I wouldn’t have been able to write a book like this had it not been for the beliefs and teachings that were instilled in me at a young age. You don’t realize it until much later in life how formative those early years really are. 

What’s more, I didn’t even intend to write this book. I started writing another story, but for some reason was led down this road. And in the process of writing the book and researching, my faith has become even stronger.  That doesn’t mean the road has been easy—in fact it’s been really difficult. Many roadblocks popped up along the way to getting this book ready for publication. But I know that the Lord has been with me each step of the way. I had to remind myself during this journey: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 

I would encourage you to step out in faith today. You never know where the road is going to lead, but the journey with God by your side is amazing. I can’t wait to share this story with the world. The ebook is available for pre-order now, and print will be available on release day-November 17th.

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. 

Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at    
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A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #1

High-powered attorney Olivia Murray faces the biggest test of her career when she is assigned to represent Astral Tech, a New Age tech company, in a lawsuit filed by its biggest competitor. While Olivia is accustomed to hard fights in the courtroom, she arrives in Windy Ridge and discovers there is much more to this case than the legal claims—forces of darkness are at work.

Windy Ridge quickly turns from quiet Chicago suburb to spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Although they are enemies in the courtroom, Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in opposing counsel, Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most.

The battle between evil forces heats up in and out of the courtroom, pushing Olivia to the breaking point. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil, or will the town of Windy Ridge be torn apart?

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Thank you, Rachel, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

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Caryl Kane said...

Great interview with Rachel! TRIAL AND TRIBULATIONS sounds incredible. I enjoy reading legal thrillers. I can't wait to read this one! Have a great weekend.

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Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading the interview and the book sounds like something I would like to read.

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by, Caryl! Glad you enjoy these type of books.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much, Laurie!

kim hansen said...

Nice interview. Sounds like a great read.

Unknown said...

I loved your story on how you started writing. This book really sounds interesting! What a great title.

Stella said...

Love reading interviews and getting to know the Authors. I don't think I have read any of your books.
This book sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Kim. Glad you stopped by.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Linda. I really enjoyed writing this book.

Unknown said...

Hi, Stella! I love meeting new readers.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Caryl.
I had a feeling you would be here today. This is your style of story. I had a place set for you, even told Rachel you'd be here. Hah! Was I right or was I right??

Mary Vee Writer said...

So nice to see you today, I find Rachel's book incredibly interesting also. And do all of us legal thriller readers realize the vast amount of research involved. Kudos to Rachel!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

How are you doing this weekend. I'm so happy to see you again. What also intrigues me is the depth of story in this book. This isn't just a courtroom story, it's much more. Oooooo. Great read alert!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree! Talk about a 180 from the active in your face lawyer work to hidden behind a computer screen crafting an exciting story....this is amazing. Rachel is so very talented. AND can you imagine all her life experience she was able to incorporate?? This is definitely going to be a good read.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Stella,
I'm so glad you were able to meet Rachel today. Her God led story is one that truly inspires...and her books, page turners!! We are blessed!

Trixi said...

This is a book my husband would like to read! Hard to find Christian legal thrillers out there and that's what he likes....along with political/military (think Tom Clancy or Dean Koontz). This sounds like one I'd even enjoy!
Rachel thanks for telling us more about yourself. The fact that you've always loved to write from childhood is so neat :-) And you share your faith through your writing, this is why I love Christian fiction. I didn't realize you wrote for LIS, so I'll have to be checking those books out too since they're my favorite go-to books :-) "Expert Witness" is already on my want-to-read list. Great interview!

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Yep, Trixi.
My hubby has read every Tom Clancy. My son, too. These are the best reads. Now, we get to add Rachel's book to the list. :) Aren't you excited?

Trixi said...

I really like adding new-to-me authors & their books to my list! Especially Christian ones that my husband would enjoy. He's as much of an avid reader as myself, so I'm constantly looking for him as well. Unfortunately, our Christian book store closed down this past summer, so I can't get him a gift card for Christmas's or birthday's anymore. That's where he'd go to get his books since he knows more of what he likes to read. I'd love to be able to bless him with this one, if I don't win, I may invest in a copy anyway :-)

Unknown said...

Hi, Trixi! That's so nice that your husband is an avid reader too. And I think you might like this book too. There is a very light romantic thread. But the main focus of the book is the legal suspense and the spiritual warfare.

Mary Vee Writer said...

How sad that your local bookstore closed. We had one close near us too, fortunately I live an hour away from another. That is a long trip, but on a nice day with a few hours to spare, the journey is worth it.
Now that we know the need, let's keep a watch with the authors who visit here for books for him, eh?
Love chatting with you, Trixi!