Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction author

Rachel Dacus writes stories of women and relationships, with a touch of the supernatural. A long-time reader of fantasy and mystery, she started with the Oz books. Reading Nancy Drew left her with an invisible magnifying glass permanently in her hand, a curiosity that leads her to write with a hint of other-worldliness.

Her newest novel is The Invisibles. It’s about two half-sisters who inherit a cottage on the Italian coast, along with its resident spirit and a hidden manuscript. Their rivalry explodes through a struggle for control of the inheritance, but Italy infuses its magic into their decision, until a shocking night changes everything for the sisters and their friends. “An enjoyable, romantic read.” — Suanne Schafer, Hunting the Devil.

Her time travel novel, The Renaissance Club, is the story of 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini meeting his superfan from another era. Praised as “enchanting, rich, and romantic … a poetic journey through the folds of time”, the story weaves together art, love, passion, ambition, and the glories of Renaissance Italy in a magical fabric. Timegathered, a sequel, will appear in 2020.

Magical realism runs through Dacus’ four collections of poetry, as well. Her most recent is Arabesque. It followed Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, and Earth Lessons. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in literary magazines, including Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and many anthologies.

She lives in the San Francisco Area with her architect husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing. she raises funds for art, education, healthcare, and other good causes. She enjoys walks on the area’s beautifuil trails and has an interest in birdwatching. The daughter of a painter who was also a rocket engineer, she often writes about art. She blogs about writing and reading. Rachel is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association and Authors 18.

Short Bio

Rachel Dacus writes magical realism fiction and poetry. She is the author of The Invisibles, a novel of sisterhood and family secrets, called “an enjoyable, romantic read.” The Renaissance Club is a time travel romance featuring the great 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, who meets and falls for his superfan from the future. Dacus has written four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air (poetry, prose, and drama), Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing, she raises funds for good causes.

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