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A Conversation with Deek & Erin Rhew

The Mindsoak Project sat down with Erin and Deek Rhew, a husband and wife writing team looking forward to the “Rhewnation” of the civilized world. Erin is the author of the YA trilogy, The Fulfillment Series, and Deek is the author of Birth of an American Gigolo and 122 Rules.

Erin and Deek talk about how they met one another from across country, what it’s like to be married, and working with each other as writing partners; and they both give us insight into their writing style, their works of fiction, and their characters.

DEEK RHEW did not set out to be a writer. Originally, he wanted to follow his father’s path as a career military man and fly for the Air Force. So, Deek spent two years in high school preparing for the ROTC. During a routine check-in, his recruiter asked about any handicaps, to which Deek jokingly replied he was colorblind. The recruiter got a funny look on his face and informed Deek that the closest he’d ever get to the pilot’s seat was from the scheduling office. Um, no.

After that, Deek focused on his love for music—touring with a local rock band and majoring in the art in college. Unfortunately, he didn’t enjoy the life of a pauper, so he started secondary school over. Ten years later, he walked across the stage with a computer science degree. He now slings web code for a major electronics company in his hometown.

Though he loves his job and the people he works with, Deek has been enthralled by the written word and storytelling since he picked up his first Stephen King novel, It. On his way to work one day, a scene so vivid flashed through his mind that he felt compelled to pull over and put it to paper. Having neither quill nor parchment in which to document the image, he laboriously pecked out the first chapter of 122 Rules on his phone.

Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with his 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 in 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. Find him at DeekRhewBooks.com.

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 her amazingly talented (and totally handsome) author husband, Deek Rhew, and their patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. Deek and she enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side. Find her at ErinRhewBooks.com.

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1 comment:

Deek Rhew Books said...

Thank you for posting our interview with Jon! He really was a great host and Erin and I had a marvelous time. It's fun to hear the interview again, and I hope that your listeners enjoy it too!

Happy adventuring, everyone!