Rachel Martin comes from a long line of storytellers who regaled each other with tall tales at the dinner table and whispered fantastical fables while their children drifted off to sleep. So when Rachel got her first spiral-bound notebook in elementary school, she began to fill it with stories of her very own, each weirder than the last.
Her love for stories led to a journalism degree and a career writing and editing for local newspapers, national magazines and big brand websites. Meanwhile, at home, Rachel began to fill those spiral-bound notebooks with ideas for children’s books. She scribbled on post-it notes and napkins, and in the margins of pages while she was supposed to be writing something else. She’d even texts herself bits of prose, plot and dialogue that popped into her head while standing in line at the grocery store.
Nowadays, Rachel divides her time between writing middle grade and young adult novels and working as a senior content director at a marketing agency. She lives in the Midwest with her family, is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is represented by Sarah Gerton of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.