Rachel Desilets on Hipstopia

What is Hipstopia? you ask. Yes, you do. Shut UP! You DO!!

ANYWAY, Hipstopia is the irresistible title of Rachel A. Desilets’ book, due for release THIS VERY DAY AS EVER WAS.

RADeliletsRachel A. Desilets was born in southern New Hampshire. She graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She currently resides in California with her husband and cats.

She blogs at R A Desilets: Young Adult Writer.

It’s been three years since Murphy led the Hipster uprising. For three years, Jay has been by his side. All that’s about to change. It starts with the beautifully intense Prisoner Forty-Seven… and a loaded gun.

Hipstopia is the first book in Young Adult Dystopian duet, The Uprising.

I asked her some questions. She answered.

HipstopiacoverIf you and your characters were on the Titanic and you were first in the lifeboat, which characters would you let in?

That’s a tough one, because I literally have eight named characters. Obviously I would let in the main character, Jay, as well as Prisoner Forty-Seven and Diego, without explanation (you’ll have to read the book to figure out those). Honestly, if I had room, I would probably save them all because their drama would be so much fun to watch while we waited for rescue.

What part does setting play in your book?

Hipstopia exists in a fictional version of Los Angeles. The Hipsters rose up from Silverlake and took the city back from corporate personhood, pushing out anyone who wouldn’t join their side.

Do you ever use visual aids to help you in writing? (Story boards, photos, maps, Pinterest, Polyvore)

I have character photos everywhere. For every story I write, there’s at least one photo of each character, if not more. When I’m writing about a city that I’m unfamiliar with, or have only visited once, I do a lot of “walking around” on street view.

If you had a million billion dollars and had to spend it selfishly, what would you do with it?

Other than buying a really nice house with a large plot of land for my husband and I (and maybe adopting a dog or two), I might try my luck at starting a publishing house. There’s so many talented writers who I would love to work with. But if that fails, I would definitely make a custom built library tree house (because what’s cooler than a library in a tree?).

Do you have another writing project underway?

I have way too many projects underway, but beyond the sequel for Hipstopia, here are the two novels that are actively being edited for self-publication:

The Unanswerable is an adult apocalyptic story where Matthew tries to escape New York City during an ebola breakout with his wife and son. Was aiming for October release, but might get pushed back to later this year.

No Sugar Coating
is young adult magical realism that looks at the trials and tribulations of dating when you have a magical twist. I don’t want to give too much away until we get closer to the release date, expected to be February 2014.

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Thanks for visiting, Rachel, and good luck with that book! I absolutely utterly ADORE the cover, and the name Prisoner Forty-Seven. I can’t wait to get over and check that out!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: (Not Rachel; I mean for anybody. Well, OBVIOUSLY, Rachel can do it if she wants to. Anyway–) If you could choose five people to be in a lifeboat with you, real or fictional, living or dead (I mean, they’re dead really, but not dead in the lifeboat, although it’s your writing prompt, so it’s up to you), who would they be?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Rachel Desilets on Hipstopia

  1. Jane

    July 22, 2013 at 8:17am

    Great writing prompt.
    To me, there is a Catagory of writing themes called: Lifeboat Stories.
    They don’t have to be set in lifeboats, but the setting has to mimic the clautrophobic elements of being stranded in a lifeboat with whoever else (or alone; don’t matter). Think Twilight Zone. The 1950’s were so paranoid that all those 1950-1960’s shows depicted people who immediately went for the suspiscion and psycho-drama.
    I got so tired of that.
    Instead, you are offering a lifeboat/desert island scenario, with the people we’d WANT to stranded with. So much nicer to imagine. Oh, yeah. I’m imagining right now.

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      Marian Allen

      July 22, 2013 at 8:20am

      Well, first off the bat: neither Gregory nor Angelique … nor Barnabas nor Quentin. Edward! Yeah, Edward!

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