My book cover

My book cover

I’m a writer and teacher in in “flyover” country, Minnesota, 25 miles from where I grew up. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My first book for adults, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, was published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

I’ve been a newspaper journalist and have written more than twenty nonfiction books for children. I currently do some freelance writing and teach at a university. When I’m not working for money, I’m working on essays and right now, another book.

I find inspiration in many places and I hope to bring a little of that to you.

If you’re interested in my book, you can “like” my page on Facebook.

I frequently speak at libraries, schools, and book clubs about my book and the writing process. I also lead writing workshops. Find out more at www.rachaelhanel.com.

That's me! Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Morris.

That’s me! Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Morris.


13 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’ll always remember you as one of my favorite teachers!!

  2. I’m the proud owner of a NOOK…your book will shortly be in my library!
    All the best,

  3. lucewriter said:

    I finished your book! What a lovely book. It’s so well woven and in the last 1/4 or so I started to think it read like a poem. You made so many wonderful insights, and I felt a kinship with you on a number of occasions. Beautiful work, Rachael!

  4. lucewriter said:

    Sorry, I forgot to tell you where to check it out. Sigh. Go here to read about it: http://writersite.org/2012/12/08/from-the-cat-choir/.

  5. lucewriter said:

    I just nominated you for the most inspirational blogger award :).

  6. Your cover photo and blog title actually made me say “wow” out loud! Nice job!

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