Rachelle Dekker is many things.

She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a writer, a friend, a cat lover, and a believer.

However, these are all just roles and though she loves these roles very much, who she truly is cannot be fully addressed because that is something she is still discovering.

Of course, self-discovery is a constant journey where hard questions must be asked but Rachelle knows two things for certain. First, that she is no different than anyone else, because in the deepest place in every person’s heart there is fear, doubt, stress, pain, worry, sorrow, joy, thankfulness, peace, love, success, and happiness. Second, Rachelle knows that she is loved perfectly and wholly just the way she is. Loved in a way that, while may not make sense to many, is wonderful and fulfilling. In a world filled with people searching for worth, acceptance, and a place to belong, she has learned that in searching for these things, she is worth the world, accepted long before she went looking for it, and she belongs right where she is at this moment.

Rachelle continues her never-ending journey and invites you to join her. Whether you are already diving deep or still standing on the shore the journey is going to be wild. There may even be some water walking.

Rachelle

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

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My Journey So Far (by Rachelle)

I’ve held a love for story all of my life. I was the girl that spent her summer afternoons reading, even hiding a flashlight under my pillow to read beneath the covers after mom and dad called for lights out. My love for story was matched only by the wild imagination that swirled around inside my head. I can’t tell you how many times my parents would have to force me to interact with the rest of my family because I would shut myself in my room for hours dreaming. I think they assumed I just didn’t want to spend time with my siblings because it wasn’t cool (which wasn’t completely un-true), but looking back on it, I know now it was my way of developing my ability to craft a story in my head.

Because all stories start in your head! I wrote my first written work at the age of twelve. It was a mystery that favored crime novels like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys (since I was devouring those stories like candy). I co-authored it with my cousin Bethany Long, and we thought it was amazing. Pure genius, actually.

It wasn’t, of course, but I had done it! It didn’t matter if the sentence structure was terrible, or if the characters were carbon copies of Nancy and the Hardy Boys; I had written a full story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end! I had watched my dad do this and it had worked very well for him, so I decided I was also going to be an author.

That’s when I got the bug for writing. The moment I typed The End across that final blank page. Of course, I wouldn’t fully understand it until much later.

I wrote several more stories after that, probably writing consistently into my early teens, but then I discovered other things, like boys, and a need for acceptance, and a need for independence. Suddenly writing felt like an un-cool stamp plastered across my forehead, not to mention doing anything remotely related to what my dad was doing was totally embarrassing. I did it in secret for a bit, but then at some point I just let it go.

(So, getting really honest right now I’m barely controlling the urge to burst into Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen, in case anyone can relate.)

The funny thing is, the urge to write never really left. I still dreamt and searched using my imagination, and a small voice in the back of my mind would remind me every once in a while that I should be writing. I ignored it pretty successfully for a while.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college when I stumbled into a creative writing class (which, I told myself, I was only taking because I needed an elective), that I got bit by the writing bug again. I have to thank my incredible professor, Dr. Karounos, for seeing something in me that I had long lost sight of. I don’t know if I would have fallen in love with writing fiction the way I have if it weren’t for him.

After that, I took every creative writing course my university offered and, my senior year of college, started what I now consider my first real novel. That was six years ago, and over the last 72 months (not gonna lie, I used a calculator to double check my math just then; math-haters can relate), I have written five full-length novels, all completely different. Each one I was sure I’d get published, and each one was necessary (even the failures) to get me to where I am today, which isn’t very far from where I was six years ago. 🙂

My first published novel comes out in May of 2015, and I still have to pinch myself when I think about it. I have no idea where this journey is going to take me, but I’m strapped in for the ride baby, and thrilled I get to travel this road. 

Some of My Favorite Things (by Rachelle)

This area is hard for me to write because I am more a lover than a hater, meaning I love way more things than I hate, or even dislike (I am easy to please). But, I am going to try and break down each area into my top five, I warn you ahead of time that I may fail miserably.

 

TV – Narrowing down my five favorite shows is hard, because I watch a lot of TV. For me, though, it comes down to storyline. So, with that in mind, here are my top five in no particular order. (Note: All these shows are currently still running new episodes)

The Neswsroom (HBO) – If you are not watching this show then, I am sad for you
Sons of Anarchy (FX) – An epic display of the struggle between family and power
The Walking Dead (AMC) – I love Daryl so much it hurts. Oh, and there are lots of zombies
Teen Wolf (MTV) – Hold your judgments at bay please, this show is my guilty pleasure show (even though I don’t feel guilty watching it). Typical teen cheese, true, but I love werewolves and Dylan O’Brian
Game of Thrones (HBO) – I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one at all

Here are a couple more that nearly made the top five: Castle (you should be watching this), Scandal (I hardly ever have fingernails afterward), Suits (gotta love a hot lawyer in a good suit), The Originals (the first vampire family is sure to bring the drama) Downton Abbey (what can I say, I love the Brits) and Modern Family (comedy isn’t usually my thing, but this one is too good not to love).

BOOKS – I shouldn’t even answer this one because the list is too long and changing all the time! So I’m going to narrow this one by books I liked enough to read more than once and give you a top five (Again, in no particular order).

Carrie by Stephen King (brilliant)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (totally captivating)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (I’ve re-read them all but these two, stop it)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (stunning storytelling)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (if you enjoy YA, this is a must read)

And some others: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Anything by C.S. Lewis, Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, Candy by Kevin Brooks, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld – OK, I have to stop because the list would just go on forever.

MOVIES – This is IMPOSSIBLE! With the vast variety of films how could anyone possibly narrow down to a list to a couple few that top the rest? So I’ll attack this as I have the rest, I’ll just give you a couple that come to mind in a few different categories.

Remember this is a non-judgment zone (I mean you can judge if you want, just don’t tell me).

These are in no particular order

Action/Thriller: Transformers (the first one, of course), Avatar, Independence Day, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park, Speed, The Sixth Sense, The Italian Job, Indian Jones (any of them), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Comedy: Pitch Perfect, Mrs. Doubtfire, Tropic Thunder, Nacho Libre, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Liar Liar, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Drama: Dead Poets Society, The Shawshank Redemption, Amadeus, The Green Mile, Hook, Saving Private Ryan, The Kings Speech

Romance: Shakespeare in Love, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, While You Were Sleeping, Moulin Rouge, A Knights Tale, Across the Universe, Titanic

Animation: Anastasia, Up, We’re Back, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast, The Road to Eldorado, The Incredibles

Horror: Umm, I don’t like any of these – NOT AT ALL!!!

MUSIC – This is impossible, so I’m not even going to try. I will say however, that if you require music to work (like I do) then you must, I mean MUST, get Spotify! Never have I ever had the opportunity to discover so much amazing music as I have through Spotify. Anything you want to listen to – it’s always at your fingertips.

With that said, I’ll name a few of the artists/bands/songs, I listen to while I write (because I pretty much listen to everything when I’m not writing from Journey to One Direction to John Mayer to Foo Fighters to ABBA to Michael Buble to Mutemath to My Chemical Romance to Ludacris to Beyoncé, I mean, really, I love it all. Except country music and Bon Iver – I don’t love them.)

What I’m Listening to While I Write
A few I have listened to recently: – James Dooley (beautiful), Ludovico Einaudi (stunning), The Piano Guys (perfect), Hans Zimmer (I mean who doesn’t), Max Richter (so good!), Scorched Score Music, and Music Junkies (both wonderful), and Reasoner (it lifts my soul).

EVERYTHING ELSE – I should have stopped while I was ahead; how the heck am I going to tell you all the things I love?! Like I said, I’m a lover not a hater, but just to name a few that haven’t already been listed: donuts, the rain, SpongeBob, anything Disney, ELEPHANTS (that’s a big one), tattoos, trees, bridges, fries (duh), cats (in case that wasn’t clear) I feel like I am missing so many things! The pressure of this assignment is killing me! Ummm… accessories (they make an outfit), Pilates, peanut butter, did I mention elephants? London (though I’ve never even been there), soccer and football (which is the same in some countries), but I love them both. Oh, and fall (pumpkin makes everything better).

I need a vacation.

Frequently Asked Questions (by Rachelle)

Did you always want to be a writer?

No, actually I went through a stage where writing was the last thing I wanted to do. I would have rather sawn off my arm, like in that James Franco movie, than submit myself to the torture that is “writing”. I mean, I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t admit to the need for the writing fix until I was in college. I had an amazing English professor that gently, and often times with heavy Greek sarcasm, pushed me outside of my box; and so the obsession with creating fiction was born. In those moments when I’m banging my head against my desk and wishing I enjoyed simple activities like filing, I often curse that English professor (you know who you are).

What would you do if you weren’t writing?

Well, I’ve tried not writing, and it never turned out very well for anyone. But I think if I could snap my fingers and be anything else, I would choose to be British. I know that’s not an actual profession, but I really want to be British because I’m obsessed with London, and Downton Abby, and the idea of drinking tea in the middle of the day, and Harry Potter, and soccer (or football, as it’s known there), and I feel like being British would make all these things better. So I guess I want to be a soccer playing-tea obsessed-British-wizard who owns an Abby in London.

Does everyone in your family write?

No. I am the oldest of four, and two of us write – me and my sister, Kara (she writes poetry, short stories, and children’s stories). My brother and youngest sister have never shown much interest in writing, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t completely creative in their own right. My brother, J.T., has an eye for film that would blow your mind and an ear for sound design that will make you jealous. And my youngest sister, Chelise, painted all the artwork that hangs in my office. As for my mom, well she creatively puts up with Ted Dekker and four creative monsters, while continuing to make our homes look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens, and has a knack for grooving to any beat. So yes, we are pretty much awesome.

What is it like having Ted Dekker for a father?

This is always a weird question for me; I mean, I assume that it’s like having any other dad. But, if I’m being honest, I guess that’s not exactly true. After all, he created Marsuvees Black, and white talking bats, and wrote books like Three and The Bride Collector. So he’s not really like any other dad. But, turn on some ABBA and he’ll dance around trying to embarrass you, or bring up boys and he’ll ask questions you don’t want to answer. So in a some ways he is just like any other dad.

I think people want me to say it was haunting. That at the dinner table he sat with darkened eyes and told ghosts stories, or that on weekends we took family trips to the local psychiatric hospital where we interviewed serial killers, or that we traveled deep into the nearest forests, looking for white bats that had impressive karate skills. It would be awesome if any of those things were true, but, unfortunately, it was much more normal; Setting rules, grounding children when those rules were broken (which was a specialty of mine), having serious life discussions, trying to embarrass me in front of any cute boy, praying endlessly when I finally got my driver’s license, and happily kicking me out of the house the second I turned 18. Totally normal dad things, except for the occasional “I’m trying to figure out how to kill this character creatively” conversation – I don’t think those exist in most households.

What is your favorite color?

Does anyone actually care what my favorite color is? I mean, it changes; sometimes it’s red, sometimes it green, recently I’ve really been into purple, then again blue does have a certain appealing quality, and since I’m covered in blue fur, it’s a good thing I don’t mind it.

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If you could be an animal, which animal and why?

Animal? Well, I guess I should start by saying I’ve already confessed to being a blue monkey, but I could also dig being a cat for one simple reason: You can be fat and people still think you’re adorable, which rarely happens if you’re a human, and is completely unfair. In fact, the fatter you are as a cat, the more people like you, as if being fat automatically makes you a soft, cuddly being. Really the only thing it actually proves is that you’re lazy and you eat too much. Oh, to be a cat.

If you were stranded on an island and could bring three things what would they be?

These questions have clearly taken a turn for the worst.

Have you ever wished you were a clown?

What? No! Who wishes they were a clown? That is the creepiest thing anyone has ever asked me. I mean, no offense to clowns, but I don’t even like the nice ones at the circus; in fact, if we were ever to go to the circus together you would be sure to catch me running for my life if a clown were to get too close. I’m a writer for crying out loud! Can you imagine what I could make a clown do in a novel?! A serious shiver just made its way down my spine. Next question!

If you could be one super hero who would it be and why?

First things first, I don’t want to be a super hero – I want to be a mutant and join the X-men. Nothing personal Superman, but X-men are way cooler. So let’s change the questions: If you could be any X-men who would you be and why? What a great question! Hands down, I’d be Magneto. Why? He can control metal! With that mutation you don’t need any other superpower – you are a living, breathing, kick-ass super hero all in and of yourself.

Besides, let’s be honest; if you knew me, you’d know I’m not really the saving the world type. I’d rather be the villain. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I purposefully want to inflict pain and torment on anyone (well, most of the time), it’s just that villains are really cool. Plus I usually like their outfits more, which is a huge selling point for me.

If you could have an illegal hobby what would it be?

Who came up with these questions, because I LOVE this one! Okay, so I have given some thought to this in the past (I can feel your worry and judgmental stares, but it’s all been for the sake of research and science… and when I say science I mean, well not actually science at all, -it’s not my strong suit- but I like to use the word because it sounds legitimate. Don’t ask me why, it’s just one of those magical words, science. Imagine it with an echo – it helps).

Anyways.

I would be a professional thief. Hands down, no questions asked. In fact, I already have a partner in crime picked out (Kelsey Keating, I’m talking about you) and the two of us would be ninja thieves, like pledges in the society of extraordinary thieves (surely there’s already a club – if not I’d make one). We would steal without consequence, because we would never get caught. And even when we got close to being nabbed, just when you thought you were one step ahead of us, we would pull a Sherlock and already be two steps ahead of you! Haha!

Unfortunately, to be a ninja thief one must possess acrobatic skills, a love of heights, a non-existent conscience, an incredible superiority complex, and the ability to fool anyone at anytime. I possess the OPPOSITE of all those things, so I’m pretty sure ninja thieving isn’t in my future – at least not in this lifetime! 😉

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