If you know the reference to my site title, then we will be best friends.
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’m an assistant professor of mass Media and do some freelance writing. When I’m not working for money, I’m working on essays and right now, another book.
I generally blog about topics related to writing, books, and reading. I also blog about issues that relate to my current work-in-progress, a biography of a woman who was involved in the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.
I find inspiration in many places and I hope to bring a little of that to you.
I frequently speak at libraries, schools, and book clubs about my book and the writing process. I also lead writing workshops and work with individual writers. Find out more at www.rachaelhanel.com.
I’m also an Ashtangi so if you’re interested in yoga/fitness/meditation, I have another blog.