My name is Rachel. I’ve been married to Tim since 2005 and we have a 100 pound dog named Roxie. I have a master’s degree in management and work in the field of employee relations. We live 15 miles west of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula (which is attached to the Olympic Peninsula) in a little, nearly 100-year-old house about a quarter-mile from the saltwater shores of Sinclair Inlet, which is an arm of Puget Sound.
I’m a writer. Besides blogging, I always have at least four novel premises and eight characters that live in my head full-time. Needless to say, there’s a war going on for which story gets written. Right now, I’m focusing on only one novel and it’s in the developmental stages. I was a prolific fanfiction writer during the first part of the “Glee” TV show craze, but that has waned. I dream of writing my own romance novel a la Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but life keeps getting in my way.
I’m also an avid reader, stealing moments of time to get lost in words whenever I can. I mainly read historical nonfiction, historical fiction, contemporary romance, memoirs about people who gave everything up to go live on farms, and religious texts of all kinds.
I’m a woman who has long struggled with her faith, but am happy to report that the struggle is over. Raised Protestant, I married a Catholic and converted to Catholicism in 2007. We left the church in 2010 due to both the sex abuse scandal and the Catholic obsession with anti-abortion efforts at the expense of every other aspect of life. I was a United Methodist for many years and then attended an Anabaptist church for a while. After a lot of soul searching, I accepted the fact that, deep down, I was a fraud because I never really believed the Jesus story. As a result, I started studying other religions and their beliefs, which led me to the discovery that everything I believed about God resided within Judaism. After a long conversion process under the tutelage of a rabbi, I entered the mikveh and emerged Jewish. It is much more than a religion but a way of thought and of life.