A Jersey Girl trapped without good diners or boardwalks in New England, Rachel Kenley is a novelist, editor, and workshop leader. She speaks nationally on writing, branding your writing business, and living with passion.
Rachel’s first romance novel was published in 2007 when the e-book world was new. Her most recent releases are the three-book Melusine’s Daughters series which feature mermaid heroines and the heroes who can’t live without them. She is currently working on a contemporary romance series based on the retelling of three Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales (she wants them to have happy endings!).
When she is not busy writing she is homeschooling her sons, trying unsuccessfully to keep up with laundry, and laughing as much as possible. She believes in shameless flirting, finding pleasure in the every day, never missing the chance to watch The Wizard of Oz and the emotional and economic power of retail therapy. Please don’t talk to her before her morning cup of coffee.
Her first romance novel, Roll Play, was published as an e-book in 2007 with Ellora’s Cave (which has sadly closed). She wrote under Rowan West for my first two books. Back then, people asked if ebooks were “real”. Things have certainly changed in ten years. Since then she’s had nine novels released, although only those with Riverdale Avenue Books are now available. She’s written many short stories and had the opportunity to edit several anthologies.
She is a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild (IWWG), a local writers group who keeps her sane on a regular basis and on the current President of Broad Universe, a writing organization that promotes, celebrates and publicizes women and non-privileged gender identities who write speculative fiction.
At the core of all her stories is the power of emotions. Rachel believes that the more you are connected to your emotions – and don’t try to control or push them down – the more information they will give you and the better you will know yourself. Her heroines – and frequently her heroes – are always on an internal journey to discover something important about themselves and what has kept them from having what they most desire. She hopes that through her novels readers can not only get lost in the story of the characters but also connect with a part of themselves they might have forgotten or ignored.