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From the time she was born, Emma was on an amazing adventure. She was able to travel the world, seeing amazing sights through her father’s eyes, with each new postcard he sent. When she was old enough, she realized that it was her destiny to follow in her father’s Navy footsteps and start to see the wonders of the world on her own. Standing on the same shores where she was born, she is ready to take her father on her travels the same way he did when she was young.
Emma’s Anchor is 24 page children’s picture book perfect for boys and girls ages 6 and up!
About the Author
Sometimes it seems as though I am a professional student. I have an AS in Social Science, BS in Communications, BA in Education Studies, MAT in Middle Grades Teaching and a MA in Creative Writing. My passion for learning is only topped by my passion for reading and writing. I have had my nose in a book since I was young enough to identify all the letters of the alphabet. I was able to turn this love of education and books into a profession that would actually pay the bills. Currently I am a middle school English teacher. I get to wear the punny tshirt and make teenagers groan as I crack horrible jokes and I love it.
In addition to being a lover of words I am also a Navy veteran. I served from 2012-2016 and come from a long line of military service. I am a 3rd generation Sailor and when I add in service from uncles and cousins, there is over 150 years of service in my family.
Interview With The Author
Rachel, thanks for being with us today. Congratulations on your upcoming novel! We’re excited to jump into this interview, so let’s get to it!
Tell about yourself in a few sentences.
I am a force to be reckoned with. I was taught at a young age by my father that I had the ability to do anything I put my mind to if I was willing to do the work and that is the way I have lived my life ever since. My love affair with books started as soon as I could recognize the alphabet and I believe that reading opens a world of possibilities to readers that they may never have had the chance to experience otherwise. I’m a Navy veteran. Teacher. Student. Dog mom.
Do you have any formal education, credentials or honors you’d like to share? We love giving authors an opportunity to show off.
- AS in Social Science
- BA in Education
- MAT in Middle Grades Teaching
- MA in Creative Writing
Speaking of showing off, do you have bragging rights on anything that you’d like to share?
Over 100 articles published with Military Spouse Magazine.
Why do you I write. Is there a philosophy behind the words?
Writing is a way to express emotions that I cannot speak. It allows me to work through problems in a cathartic manner. As a writer I am able to rewrite history and give characters their happy ending, even if it is not the traditional happy ending readers might expect. I think writing can connect people as they share experiences and share what books left an impact on them. A person’s favorite book often tells as much about them as anything they may say when describing themselves.
Can you share with our readers what your favorite books are and why they’re on your list?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I always related so much to the character of Jo and how she saw life. She was the first strong female character I can remember reading about and I have carried a part of her in my heart since the first reading.
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger. I cannot read this book in public because I laugh so hard people stare at me. I love this book enough that I tattooed the cover art on my body. Kluger has a way of creating characters that are beautifully flawed. They are so real in their emotions and how they handle problems that come their way. I reread this book at least once a year and have bought more copies than I can count because I keep giving them away to friends to read. It is a non-traditional love story that shows love in families, romantic partnerships and friendships.
Can you tell us a little about your writing style?
When I am writing for the magazine I tend to have a slightly sarcastic manner of getting a topic covered. I want to inject humor into situations that can sometimes be stressful in order to help readers see the light side of hard days. When it comes to my personal writing, novels and such, I tend to be very emotional. I pour out my heart on the pages of what I write in the hopes that a reader will feel everything I felt as I wrote.
What’s your writing process like?
I’m a mess as a writer. I come up with ideas that are either fantastic and flow out in just hours or I go months with no ideas at all. I don’t tend to outline so much as free-write and chop it to pieces later. I have pieces that I started in one format and by the end were completely different. An example is a short essay I wrote while in graduate school. It started as a three page piece about a father and daughter yet by the time the course was over I had turned it into a three stanza poem that was far more dramatic than the essay.
What’s your publication history?
- 100 articles digitally with Military Spouse Magazine
- 3 with GI Jobs and 5 in the hard copy of Military Spouse Magazine
What are you working to accomplish?
I am trying to help people fall in love with reading. I’m hoping to create a series for children that takes them through the tough things they may face and that teaches them the same work ethic lessons my father taught me.
Anything else yo’d like to let our readers know about you?
I got into kindergarten at age 4 because I could say my entire alphabet backwards faster than I could say it forwards. I can still do that!