About Rachel

Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction authorAs the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who blew up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950s, I learned that if you dare, you eventually succeed, though there may be mishaps along the way. My writing was deeply informed by my father’s avocation as a fine art painter. Hours of watching him at the easel taught me that art is a quietly passionate pursuit, worth giving your life to.

I’ve wanted to tell stories all my life. That desire kicked into high gear after my art history tour of Italy. It inspired my book, The Renaissance Club, a time travel story involving a young art historian who steps through a fold in time to meet her hero, the artist Gianlorenzo Bernini.

My previous book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poems, essays, and a short play about the afterlife of dogs. Many pieces recall my southern California coastal hometown of San Pedro, a town full of European immigrants plying their fishing trades, among them a big Italian population, which may be what drew me to study and visit Italy. Other poetry collections are Femme au Chapeau and Earth Lessons, available in ebook format. I’m also the author of a spoken word poetry CD, A God You Can Dance, with readings brought to life by a talented group of actors that includes my husband.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and a Silky Terrier. My job of raising funds for nonprofit organizations brings me infinite satisfaction and is its own kind of art form. I’m a member of the writing community Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association. If you write women’s fiction, check them out! Also, I’m a proud member of Authors 18, a group of Adult and New Adult authors debuting with their first novels in 2018.

The Renaissance Club

An art history trip to study the Italian Renaissance inspired me to write essays on Italy. One was included in a wonderful anthology, Italy: A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Seal Press).

Rachel Dacus in Venice, Italy, 1991.
Rachel in Venice, Italy, 1990.

My debut novel, The Renaissance Club, featuries a young art historian whose specialty is the sculpture of the 17th century artist Gianlorenzo Bernini, and what happens when time bends and she gets to meet her artist hero face to face under the gilded dome of St. Peter’s in Rome. Would you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? That’s the question May Gold must answer. The Renaissance Club was released by Fiery Seas Publishing and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Some people have asked if there will be a sequel. At first I said no, it’s a standalone — but then I thought that the  magical time travel guide in The Renaissance Club, George St. James, could well pop in a number of places and times. Perhaps he could even escort other tour groups through time and space.

My Next Projects

I’m finishing another novel, a story that also takes places in present-day Italy. My work-in-progress novel, The Romantics, involves two half-sisters who clash over their inherited cottage on the Ligurian coast of Italy, with its resident ghost, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Stay tuned for news! A sequel to The Renaissance Club is also in the works.

My fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, will be published by FutureCycle Press in August 2018. Yes, it has something about giraffes! And lots of other things.

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Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club, a time travel romantic novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, has been called ““Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time.” Dacus’ book Gods of Water and Air is a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. Her other poetry collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Dacus’ poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.  Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesqueis forthcoming in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press.

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