BIO

A writer of things. An observer of life.

Who am I?

Rachel was born in Los Angeles, California fifteen days after Paul McCartney announced the split of the Beatles. As a child, she kept a pen in her hand, writing everywhere—in notebooks, on loose-leaf paper, in her big brother’s prep-school yearbook and on the back of church bulletins. But never on walls, buildings or freeway overpasses. That is graffiti.

For four years, she lived in the forest at UC Santa Cruz. There, she received a degree in English and American Literature, and helped to charter the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated.


She left Santa Cruz in 1992 and returned to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked a variety of jobs, including for incredible organizations like PEN Center USA West, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and City of Hope.

In 2002, her debut novel, A Quiet Storm, was published by Scribner to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal. A Quiet Storm was also a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate


selection for Black Expressions book club. A Quiet Storm was also chosen as a “Rory’s Book Club” selection, the must-read book list for fictional television character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls. She also published two e-novels: The View from Here and No One Knows You’re Here.

Rachel’s fourth novel, Land of Shadows, will be published in June 2014.

She lives with her husband and daughter in L.A.

  • ‘In the beginning was the word...”

    I write because I must. Because I can. Because someone has to tell you, yes you, that there's a dead body (real or imagined) in that alley over there because you need to know so that we can all stop the monster who's doing scary s*&t to other citizens.

  • You need the right weapons.

    Uniball Vision Needle Fine or Micro. Schaedtler F pencils, Sharpie highlighters. Legal pads. Each feel good in my hands. Not fancy but certainly writing indulgences.

  • All of writing is one big trespass.

    You can't write well and have manners. Writers offend, curse, gawk, giggle, poke, probe, ask too many questions. All the time.

LAND OF SHADOWS

A Detective Lou Norton Novel - Coming June 2014!

PRAISE

  • Lee Child

    “Detective Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year.”—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan

    “Spellbinding. Gritty. Original, complex, profound and riveting. This is a voice you have never heard—and will be unable to forget. Prepare to be blown away.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author
  • Gary Phillips

    “A hard-hitting tale of a modern, complex Los Angeles. Well-written and deftly paced, Land of Shadows is a story that stays with you after the last page is read.” —Gary Phillips, Warlord of Willow Ridge
  • Hilary Davidson

    “Intense, gritty and absolutely riveting, Land of Shadows took my breath away. A phenomenal book I’m recommending far and wide. This better be the start of a series!”——Anthony Award winning author of Blood Always Tells

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Dowler is found dead at a condominium construction site, her body hanging in an unfinished unit’s closet. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, this condo site isn’t just another crime scene. The development is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire . . . and the man who may have murderedLou's missing sister Tori thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Dowler, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases.

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice… before Lou becomes his next victim?

         

ADDITIONAL READS

"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy
family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

APPEARANCES

Here, there and everywhere.
I will be seeing you soon.

May 16
3:20 p.m.
CRIMEFEST: "Not One of the Boys: Writing the Female Detective"
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA, United Kingdom
May 17
9:00 a.m.
CRIMEFEST: "Why We Like To Read About Characters Who Disappear"
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA, United Kingdom
June 14
2:00 p.m.
Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin St., Orange, CA 92866
June 15
2:00 p.m.
Mysterious Galaxy San Diego
7051 Clairmont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 302, San Diego, CA 92111
June 18
7:00 p.m.
Eso Won Books
4327 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
June 20
7:00 p.m.
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 LaSalle Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
June 26
7:30 p.m.
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

INSPIRATION

If you are ever around a writer, know that you are being watched.
You inspire me.

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