About the Author
Rachelle Storm has been a self-proclaimed nerd since childhood. She loves fandoms, popular culture, and embraces the truly powerful way humans can come together as fans within a community to enjoy a fictional universe. Rachelle loves writing diverse, multiracial characters in complicated, nuanced worlds and believes that in a world obsessed with black and white, her writing should embrace the gray.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I first started writing when I was 17 years old and eventually got into fanfiction. I loved playing in those universes. It gave me the courage to play more with the characters in my head too. I started writing Absolution: Book One in 2010 when I was merely 23 years old. That seems like forever ago, but I never had the courage to publish it. It has been edited and changed quite a bit over the years based on my experiences and growth as a human. I write because I always have ideas playing out in my head and writing allows me to get them down on paper.
Q: What part of being an author do you enjoy the most?
A: I enjoy the escapism and being able to contribute new stories to my audience so that they can get lost in a safe space. I essentially spent my early 20s in the mainstream YA push and have embraced so many great fandoms because of it. I’ve realized that while fandoms are still a thing, book fandoms are not as talked about in the mainstream as before. I want to contribute to reminding my generation and younger ones that book fandoms are still amazing to be a part of as a reader.
Q: How would your friends and family describe your personality?
A: Witty, Funny, Ambitious, a Leo, and I am a bit of a smartass at times…okay...all of the time. I love to challenge myself to conquer a new goal and work on a new project. I am determined and constantly reflecting in order to grow as a human. Did I mention I am a smartass?
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: I love learning and teaching about writing, music, popular culture, and the way language connects us as human beings. Contributing to society in the form of sharing knowledge and information is really important to me. I also love a good music festival and am in love with alternative/rock music. I wrote my entire thesis and dissertation about music, mainly Muse.
Q: Favorite song?
A: “Map of the Problematique” by Muse, it inspired the first chapter of the novel. Check out the playlist page for more information on songs that inspired and motivated me while writing.
*Rapid-fire Interview by Arley Concaildi*