I grew up in Alberta, Canada, near the Rocky Mountains, filling notebooks with starts of novels, and dreaming of being a published author. Then I followed the mountain range south to my current home in Utah Valley where I live with my husband, and fellow writer, Cody Clark. You may note the conspicuous absence of a pet from my author bio. I have enough bodily fluids to clean up with my three delightfully messy children, thank you very much.

I attended BYU, where I read piles of literature and experimented with words before finally graduating with a BA in French teaching and a minor in English teaching. The unsuspecting teens of Timpview High School were then the victims of my French instruction while I developed a lasting love of teenagers and young adult fiction. My experience as a professional photographer helps me glimpse the beauty in diverse people through my camera lens, and writing helps me share this insight with others.

Now I write young adult and middle grade fiction when I'm not changing diapers, shooting a wedding, packing lunches, or devouring a new book while snuggling a baby. 

And I still want to be a published author when I grow up. 


  1. Hi Mlle! I'm glad I found your blog. How exciting that you're writing YA fiction. I'm a self-diagnosed YA fiction addict, too. I'd love to read your manuscript or published novel when it comes out. Can't wait!

  2. Wonderful, Rachel! So glad you found my blog. I'll definitely keep you in mind for a beta reader when I'm at that point with my next manuscript!

  3. Hi Heather:
    I would love to send you a copy of Bree Despain's book that you won, but I need a mailing address. Please email me at kissthebook AT me DOT com

    Cindy - Kiss the Book

  4. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should

    let it grow and share it with the world.> learner