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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 May 2014.
She lives with her husband and daughter in L.A