Rachel is a first time author. Born and raised in Marlow, OK, she left her hometown and now resides in Broken Arrow, OK. She plans to capture young adults everywhere in her fantasy world of The Gifted Sisters and the Golden Mirror.
She is married to the love of her life and has an amazing step-daughter. She also has a cat named Shota. A cat that has many times tried to delete passages of her writing. It is with mercy that Rachel has bestowed on Shota, that she still lives.
With the support of her family and friends, Rachel writes this story for herself, letting her inner characters create and become what they strive to be.
What is your writing process?
I begin with my ideas on how I want to start the story. I usually write a few chapters, breathing my characters to life. Then I decide how I want my story to end. When I get that decided I connect the dots and create a loose outline. I keep the outline loose because my characters are known to have their own thoughts on where they should go. Once I finish my story, I read it and smooth it out. Taking out parts that don't matter and adding more to areas that need it. Once I feel I have it to how I like it, I send it to a content editor and to beta readers. They find my loopholes. I rewrite my story with fresh eyes and bring it more to life. After more beta reading, I send to line editor. I do not touch my book for a few days. Allowing my mind to breathe. Then I read it for a final time, fixing anything that might have been missed. I take a deep breathe. Slide my cursor over the word publish--and click.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Great question AND hard question! (I have so many!) Harry Potter Books: The imagination and creativity is beyond magical. So many relatable characters that make you feel so many different emotions. J.K. Rowling is absolutely brilliant with the world she created.
Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind The world development of this story is both simple and complex. The main character is the type of man I wanted to marry when I first read this. And I ended up finding him! So many good values and life changing decisions that make you feel good will prevail no matter what. Loved ALL the characters...even that bad one. I loved hating them? haha.
Divergent by Veronica Roth I love how I related to the main character. I came from a small town and raised by a strict christian mother. Living by stifling rules. I loved it and hated it. When I left home, I blossomed and became my own bad ass person! And don't get me wrong, I love my parents and have an amazing relationship with them.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers Awkward female falling in love with a dazzling vampire? Heck yes! Even though I am not a fan of the werewolf/ vampire world, this story seemed different and I found myself intrigued with the simplicity of the easy writing and simple love story.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas I love how a human girl defies all odds and becomes powerful. It is what my inner girl always screams for. I live through Feyre as I read this story. She holds her own and rises above her flaws. She gives hope. And boy does she love! The sex scenes in Sarah J Maas books always leave me red faced but man they are written well. LOL.
One Sister Lives In Peace
The Other Is Trained For War
Magic has been missing for centuries but a prophecy foretells of its return. Livia and Vera hold the key to its unlocking but neither know the other exists, until a golden mirror appears in their dreams. The reflection reveals a startling truth, and the sisters begin to question everything they’ve been told.