Rachel Heston Davis was born and raised in the rural charm of southern Illinois. From the time she was able to work the clattering keys of her parents’ typewriter (this was the 80s, folks), Rachel knew she wanted to be an author. She blames her addiction to storytelling on a childhood full of great books, great movies, and plenty of daydreaming. On any given day, Rachel could be found acting out a complex plot of her own invention with stuffed animals or action figures. When she got older and stuffed animals went out of fashion, she acted out her stories by writing them down. And that’s the status quo today (though you can still find a few action figures lying around her house).
Rachel reads and writes voraciously in the Young Adult genre. She also forays into the world of graphic novels, and somehow finds time to be an associate editor for Written World Communications and a part-time reporter for her local paper.
Rachel’s influences are varied. Her adoration of Tolkien borders on obsession; she’s never had a reading experience so magical as that first run-through of LORD OF THE RINGS. Harper Lee comes in a close second for her favorite author. She loves Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin McKinley, Robin Hobb’s LIVESHIP TRADERS TRILOGY, and of course Tanith Lee’s CLAIDI JOURNALS. She rereads Scott O’Dell’s ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS every three years or so. And a 17-year love affair with Calvin & Hobbes developed her soft spot for comic strips and graphic novels.
Rachel still resides in southern Illinois, because she cannot get the love for it out of her blood. She lives in an adorable yellow house with her amazing husband Jaron (programmer by day, musician by night), and their three rascally pet rats: Kakarot, Vegeta, and Crouton.
When she’s not reading, writing, or rescuing chewable objects from the naughty rats, Rachel spends time with her loved ones. Her life revolves around the three Fs: Faith, Family, and Friends.