Meet Author Natalie Decker

What is Rival Love about?

Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it's time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory. 

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend. 

At first, Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? 

How did I come up with the idea of RIVAL LOVE?
Honestly, I don’t think I have an answer that will make me sound sane, but here it is. Most books about high school talks about Rivalries but they never got into them. Only a few touched a surface lining of it and then they passed over it. For some reason this bothered me. It made me WANT to see what made a rivalry just that. I remember my own High School rivalry, both schools were in the same city. One was public the other private. We painted lawns, egged houses, and did horrible things. So, I pulled my laptop on my lap and began typing away. 

Why did I have Skylar attend her rival school? Couldn’t she have stayed at Harris Academy?
I could have written the story like this, but the stakes aren’t high enough. At least for me they weren’t. If you ever had an enemy, work, sports, school doesn’t matter as long as you had someone you competed with. That’s what this is about. I wanted there to be more than the lose and comeback theme. Which made me think, how hard would it be if the character had to play with the enemy not against. That’s what I did.

What is Rival Hearts about?
Caleb is ticked off. Skylar hasn’t answered any of his calls, texts, or emails since her move to New York, virtually cutting him out of her life without warning. So Caleb decides to go after her—and convince her to come back home. 

But even when Skylar realizes her heart does belong at home with Caleb, her uncertainty lingers. Is it safe? Have things changed? 

After the mysterious vandalism to the pool at Delmont High, everyone is desperate for answers they believe Skylar can provide. At first, she’s determined not to run. But when Caleb’s ex-girlfriend unleashes a vengeful surprise, Sky's love for Caleb is threatened. 

Are these two rival hearts ready to fight for their love, or will they have to throw in the towel? 

Is this a continuation of the series?

Is there more after these two books?
There is. Rival Dreams is set to come out this year.

Will you write Kayla and Lance’s stories?
I don’t know. A few of my friends asked this and really want it. It depends if the fans/ readers and publisher want it.

Are you working on anything new?
I am. I can’t get into the details about it but I’ve got two very new things that I hope to have news to share with you all soon about. I’m very excited about both of them. They’re both YA.
About Natalie Decker:

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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1 comment:

  1. Might be a wee bit too YA for me, but I'll give it to my daughter. :)