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Rachel Starr

Rachel Starr Thomson is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, and hot tea, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we’d all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window. Rachel is a writer, indie publisher, and editor. She’s the author of the Seventh World Trilogy and other books published by Little Dozen Press.

Story: Of Men and Bones


Each week authors will be given a new question to answer which will lend additional insight into their story and writing process. Do you have a question you'd like to see the authors answer? Tweet it to @aNextAuthor!

What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Just do it!
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I jump right in, but I typically try to have a beginning, and end, and several high points in the middle worked out ahead of time. That way I'm always writing in the right direction even if I don't know exactly how the story will play out.


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This story is charming. It made me remember nights spent by the wood stove in my grandma's house tucked back in the West Virginia hills. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

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