About the Author

“Do your best and forget the rest.” – Tony Horton

Let’s start with the basics:

I’m a mid-thirties wife and mom to four (one adopted). I am privileged to stay home to write and homeschool my youngest. I’m neither short nor tall, a little on the pudgy side, with dark brown curly hair (that is being invaded by wiry grays and refuses to grow much longer) and blue eyes. Be glad I don’t describe my characters this way. 

I love to write, I love to help, I love to listen to other people talk, I love to observe and think. I love to speak, when I have an actual topic, and answer questions about things I know.

I used to work in customer service, so troubleshooting and solving problems are my forte. Also, theater still calls to me, though it’s been 20 years since I’ve acted or worked behind the curtain. I suppose I keep thinking it’s never too late to give it a shot. Now the biggest hindrance is time.

Any questions so far?

This page is always under construction, because everything in life changes. And as with most things that stagnate, I’d become a dull girl if I didn’t embrace the new, the surprise, the PLOT TWIST! of life.

Change can be difficult, too, but therein lies the beauty of life. Every day holds something different that might not be apparent until I look back and see how far I’ve come. And each of those small events, choices, and surprises shape how I live the next day.

On a mass scale, what brings consistency to our lives is who we are in the midst of it all.

See, we’ll always be us and get to choose how we’ll handle the road of life, be it with cautious determination, reckless abandon, or anything in between. But maybe like me, you might forget and let circumstances dictate who you think you are and how you react.

Just like many of the characters I write about, you might not realize just what an amazing person you have locked up inside you. The one who will sacrifice for those you love; the one who has more courage than you thought possible; the one whose compassion and honor inspire others to greatness; the one who doesn’t give up, even when there seems to be no hope; the one who lives so quietly, no one realizes a fierce lion lives inside.

You are more than meets the eye. 

I wholeheartedly believe this and want to capture these beautiful traces of humanity in the characters I write, whether it be a short story or a full-length novel. My family, especially my four kids, inspire me to search deep inside to find the real person within the shell and expose the hidden pearl.

It’s time for you to share a little about yourself! Say hi in the comments. What inspires you to do good in the world? What makes you angry? Who or what would you be willing to die to protect? What makes you crazy? Happy?

You are always welcome to reach out directly to me using the contact form here on the website.

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I love to connect, so it would be fantastic if you took a few moments to reach out on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Goodreads!

29 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. Hi, Rachael! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the follow at my place! Hope you find something of interest to read there. I know I’ll be looking forward to reading the tips you give for blogging. 🙂

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  2. Congrats on developing a great looking blog with a great many helpful articles. Given the demands of your dream job, how do you find the time to do THAT in addition to carving out time to write your own books? (No sleep, huh?)
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. Madelyn, thank you for that! There are some day with no sleep, that is true, and often the chores suffer, but the kids are getting older and can help with that more. I’ve got great support from my husband, and every once in a while I say, “that’s it, I’m writing.” It’s definitely a happy place for me. haha Sometimes it’s just splitting the focus and grabbing a minute to write wherever I can.

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      1. I’m totally with you on the letting the chores slide idea. To paraphrase a quote, “Nobody says, on her deathbed, ‘Darn! I really wish I’d kept my house cleaner.'”

        Except for my darling Shih Tzu puppy, I live alone (no kiddie distractions, but no help either). I also have a strong tendency to intend to grab a few minutes to write, only to look up to discover that day has turned to night (or vice versa).

        Can you clone your hubbie and send him over?

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        1. That is a quote well worth repeating! 😀

          Dogs are great for loving you despite the messiness. 😉 Social media is my problem with the distraction, though. I like to chit chat, read stuff, and look at memes. haha If I could clone the hubsand I would totally do it. He’s a keeper. 🙂

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          1. My dog loves me BECAUSE of the messiness, I fear – no matter how many times I return his toys and chew-sticks to his bed or toy box, I turn around to find them all over the house anyway. Perhaps he believes he’s helping?

            Pinterest is the biggest threat to my intentionality. I can repin for HOURS, since I’m probably one of the few who actually click over to read the articles of the person who pinned the graphic that caught my eye to begin with.

            Lately, I’m not allowing myself to visit more than a couple of times a month – Facebook even less often. I’ve given up on Linked-In because of all the “helpful” marketing that floods my inbox any time I visit (and removing myself from those lists was starting to become a full-time job!)

            SPEAKING of clean houses . . . ahem!

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            1. haha Hashtag (that’s my dog) isn’t happy unless her bones are in the path most trod through the house. 🙂 I enjoy Pinterest, but it’s definitely the email and blogs that keep me the most busy, and I won’t mention my twittering about… 🙂
              Wait, who said anything about a clean house? haha

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