Rachel Lane was born Rachel Lane Swartzlander in Bremen, Indiana 1972. She lived in Bremen until the age of six, when her parents divorced and mother moved them to the Mishawaka area. Two years later her father, a Bremen Police officer, Tony Swartzlander, was killed in the line of duty. Rachel attended a private grade school with a specialized reading program. Even though grammar and spelling was her weakness, her creative ability shined through landing her several awards.
She attended Penn High School, and was to graduate in the spring of 1991, then was forced to leave due to medical issues. She filled her time writing while under going treatment and surgery. During this time she started what is now the beginning of Messerfly. The idea was born out of a recurring dream involving a medieval tower, men on horse back, and being captured.
She received her diploma in 1993, married in 1995, traveled, and started a family. She continued to write not only Messerfly, she also wrote a list of short stories; some completed some not. In 2001, she started college, majoring in psychology. In her junior year she took leave to work, so her husband could finish his degree. She planned to return to the University, but her plan was altered by an accident that left her recovering for a year. All she could do was write, and write she did. She returned to college for only one semester, leaving again to concentrate on being a full-time mom, foster parent, and writer. When she was finished with Messerfly her life became a series of unfortunate events, struggles, personal loss, and heart breaks in an economy that was most unkind.
Rachel has a style and class that is all hers. There is a radiant glow to this rather quiet, shy woman. She’s strong, and fiercely determined. No matter what the set back or hurdle she always springs back stronger, wiser, and with a deeper level of strength, insight, wisdom, love and character. She believes, “The only thing failure teaches, is what we need to do better or differently and try again. Eventually, we will succeed.” Whether she is writing, hunting, building something, painting, interacting with kids, or working out at the gym you will find her ready for a challenge.
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Chevy is a country girl who is at an Ivy League College. Her father cuts her off financially so she become an exotic dancer to cover the bills and tuition. Then she disappears. Her boyfriend reports her missing then alerts Chevy's parents when he finds out who took her. Government agencies are trying to find her, her parents, boyfriend, and a reporter. Can they get to her before she is killed?
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