Rachel Ann Nunes
Rachel Ann Nunes (pronounced noon-esh) learned to read when she was four, beginning a lifetime fascination with the written word. She avidly devoured books then and still reads everything she can lay hands on, from children’s stories to science articles. She began writing in the seventh grade and is now the author of eighteen published books, including the popular Ariana series and the picture book Daughter of a King, voted best children’s book of the year in 2003 by the Association of Independent LDS Booksellers.
While Rachel mainly focuses on writing contemporary women’s fiction with strong plots and characters, her works also include more generally focused novels such as A Greater Love and A Heartbeat Away. She also enjoys writing fantasy novels and the occasional science fiction story, which she plans to get around to publishing any day now. (Maybe after the laundry is done!)
While serving an LDS mission to Portugal, Rachel met her husband, TJ. They now live in Utah Valley and are the parents of six awesome children--three boys and three girls. She loves camping with her family, traveling and meeting new people, and, of course, writing. “If the gospel is like breathing,” she says, “writing is like eating. To live I must write.”
Rachel writes Monday through Friday in a home office, often with a child on her lap. She takes frequent breaks from writing to build Lego towers, practice phonics, or jump on the trampoline with the kids. She believes that raising her family is the most important thing she will ever do.
Rachel enjoys hearing from her readers. She always tries to write back, though, as you can imagine, sometimes the responses take several months. You can write to her at P.O. Box 353, American Fork, UT 84003-0353, send e-mail to
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