About the Author

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

Writer, graphic designer, educator, curly-haired woman whose coiffure matches the eccentric inside.

Rachael Ritchey started her writing career from a personal space. As a foster family, she, her husband, and kids experienced the emotional roller-coaster that is fostering; it is both joyful and agonizing. It was in one of those moments of heartache that Rachael finally pushed herself to do something she was afraid to do but had wanted for so long: write books. To write stories that might share hope and courage, adventure and love.

As a graphic designer, Rachael has been an amateur photographer, digital photo-manipulator, sketch artist, painter, and digital artist going back to the age of ten. In the last five years she has studied and worked to improve her skills and now offers them as a service to other writers and businesses with graphic, book cover, and interior formatting design.

As an educator, Rachael has homeschooled her children. Her youngest adopted child is the only one still getting an education at home, but education happens all day long, no matter where we are. Rachael can be heard saying, “You learn something new every day,” and she tries to live that way. Beyond her children, she also shares her time and talents educating other writers on how to independently publish, how to format papers professionally to turn in to editors, publishers, and contests, and she troubleshoots with her clients through the process of publication whenever they need.

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?

Rachael Ritchey

Please feel free to reach out directly using the contact form here on the website.

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Rachael loves to connect, so it would be fantastic if you took a few moments to reach out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Deviantart, BookBub, 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?)
    xx,
    mgh
    (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?
        xx,
        mgh

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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!
            xx,
            mgh

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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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