Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction author

Rachel Dacus is a poet, essayist, and novelist who has always wanted to tell stories inspired by love in all its forms. Love and time are the themes of her novel, The Renaissance Club, about a young art historian who steps through a fold in time and meets her soul mate, a fiery Italian artist who lived in another century. Praise for the novel — “enchanting, rich, and romantic” — describes the stories Rachel enjoys reading and writing, preferably set in exotic places. She has traveled to Italy and India and plans to expand her journeys beyond countries that start with the letter “I”. She’s the daughter of a fine art painter who was also a rocket engineer, and she learned early about creativity and that being a little crazy is okay. A resident of Northern California, she’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association and Authors 18.

The Renaissance Club

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

The Renaissance Club featuries a young art historian whose specialty is the sculpture of 17th century artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. What happens when time bends and May Gold gets to meet her hero face to face? Get a copy and find out. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Will there be a sequel? Inspired by requests, she’s working on one involving the magical time travel tour guide, the elegant George St. James.

The Romantics & Arabesque — Underway

Rachel is now completing another novel, on The Romantics, the story of two half-sisters who clash over their inherited cottage on the coast of Italy, with its resident ghost, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She also plans novella-length and full-length sequels to The Renaissance Club. Sign up for the newsletter to hear more about this one! Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, will be published by FutureCycle Press in summer of 2018. Yes, it includes a poem about giraffes! And many other things, including a dead-drunk superhero.

Short Bio for Media:

Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club, a time travel romantic novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The book 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. A nearly native Californian, Rachel resides in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier, and she raises funds for great causes.

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