Author Interview: Rachel Medhurst

Author Interview: Rachel Medhurst

Author Interview: Rachel Medhurst

The Deadliners by Rachel Medhurst

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: May 12th 2014
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You don’t stop living when you die.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?

They're called Deadliners, they're spirits and they play fate with human lives. These 'deadline assignments' have karma which must be cleared by the time they die. What the deadliners don't know is that by helping others they are also clearing karma of their own.

They're a strong family unit who would do anything for one another - until one of them has to take Danny's wife over to the other side. Will they be able to go through with it? The group finds themselves in unfamiliar territory as each one of them faces their toughest lesson since they've died: letting go.

Danny loses control as his friends start doing what they want, instead of their jobs. What was making them forget their training? Was there something darker going on? Never before had a deadliner group been so torn apart by the challenges that each one had to face.

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1.What inspired you to write The Deadliners?

I decided to enter a contest where I had to carry on writing with a prompt. Somehow I got the idea that the people standing outside were spirits. From that small prompt a whole novel was born.


2.When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

When I was a teenager. I’ve always written, since I was very young, so when I wrote a novella at nineteen, I decided it was what I wanted to do. I decided to educate myself so that I could make my writing as good as it could be. I’ve always believed that I could do it.


3. When writing, do you focus more on causing the reader to think, evoking  a deep emotional response from the reader, or entertaining them?

Definitely causing the reader to think. I like my work to inspire and open minds. I also remember getting hope from stories when I was young and this is something I like to try to give when evoking an emotional response.


4. Do you have a favorite character from The Deadliners, and if so, why is that character your favorite? (My favorite is Danny because of his complexities.) 

My favourite is also Danny, but I do have a major soft spot for Charlie. Danny is a hard man that is forced to become vulnerable. Charlie is the clown, but he has such a lovely heart. This is why I love them both.


5. How do you handle writer’s block?

I’m very lucky to rarely get it, but when I do, I come away from what I’m doing and do something completely different, then come back to it later.


6. What has been the most rewarding thing about the entire writing/publishing process so far?

Holding my own book in my hand and knowing that I did that myself. From writing, editing and then publishing! I did get someone else to a final edit for me, but apart from that, I achieved my dream all by myself. It just shows that anyone can do what they put their mind to.


7. What is one of the best pieces of advice you have ever gotten about your writing?

Learn how to edit and then get an editor to edit your work as well. When we write something, we assume our readers can read it and get what we mean but actually, they can’t see inside your head, so you’ve got to set the scene with words. It takes a lot more than just putting words on paper.


8. Could you tell us a little bit about your short stories series, The Avoidables?

I love this series. It started out as a short story, but like most of my writing, I realised that there was so much more to tell. Hope is an Avoidable. Avoidables live on the Lower Side of each city in the world and they’re people that are less than perfect in looks. Perfects are gorgeous and live in luxury on the Upper Side. Hope meets a Perfect and he brings out the beautiful in her. She has never known what she is. You’ll have to read the series to find out what Hope is and how she is destined to unite the Perfects and Avoidables.


9. Without giving spoilers, of course, what can you tell us about The Deadliners that the synopsis does not?

I can tell you that each character has their own story which is intertwined with the others. I can also tell you that I was shocked by the ending!


10. I like to play a short game at the end of an interview. I will start the sentence and you finish it however you like!

(A) The best way to relax after a long day is…a soak in the bath with my fav fiction book.

(B) Someday I will learn how to…Jet Ski

(C) I never leave the house without my…dog.

(D) I have always wanted to travel to…Peru.

(E) The world would be a better place if…everyone loved themselves more.

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Author Biography

About Rachel Medhurst

Rachel Medhurst grew up in a small village in Surrey, England. She writes to inspire and heal. She lives in the British countryside with her dog. If she’s not writing, she can be found walking in nature and reading. For more information about current projects, including her short story dystopian series, Avoidables, please check out her website.

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