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I write science fiction and horror because I absolutely love asking, "what if..." (and killing people off). I have over a dozen titles in print, including the Tidy Guides, Fringe series, Deadland Saga, Colliding Worlds trilogy, and several standalones and short stories. I'm a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Horror Writers Association (HWA), and International Thriller Writers (ITW).
Want the scoop on me? I was raised on a farm in Iowa (that's in the middle of the United States) where I boasted the small town’s largest (and only) comic book collection, and I'm still addicted to stories with bad ass heroes and heroines. I did the college thing--both undergraduate (go Panthers!) and graduate (go Bulldogs!)--before going out into the "real" world and realizing that jobs are too much work and too little play. Alas, bills (and college loans) needed paid, so I made a career out of helping companies navigate change, which essentially means I'm a professional problem-solver. In that role, I've served as VP of Technology at Wells Fargo, director of IT Strategy for Aviva North America, and later as a change agent for companies across the United States. I've also taught at Upper Iowa University for over a decade, warping the minds of tomorrow's workforce. I now write full-time, which is a terrifying, exhilarating career.
Since you've stayed with me this far, let me tell you some personal stuff... things that I love. I love flying airplanes (especially the old stuff). Nothing beats a sunset flight around the countryside. I'm sure sunrise flights are just as good, but I've never been awake for one. I love spoiling my fifty-pound lap dog that develops the sudden craving to go outside every five minutes when I'm deep in writing mode. What else do I love? I love to read, I love to write, and I love to hear from readers, so feel free to email me.
Here are some of my all-time favorites...
- TV Show: Firefly
- Video Game: Baldur's Gate
- Quote: Let us live so that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry. ~Mark Twain
- Song: Still Counting by Volbeat
- Poem: The Road Less Taken by Robert Frost
- A bonus trivia item: My (pilot) call sign is Marvin.
Random Book kudos and highlights...
100 DAYS IN DEADLAND:
Listed by Suspense Magazine as one of the best books of 2013
Listed by Huffington Post as one of the best zombie books
An Amazon Top 10 Bestseller
(Amazon #1 Bestseller in Horror and Science Fiction)
Bookie Monster's #1 Book of 2013
Des Moines Register Spotlight: “Rachel Aukes: Renaissance Woman”
Readers Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Author by Grave Tells
A USA Today Recommended Read
2013 RWA Silken Sands award for best short story
Book Club Pick by Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub
A top ten book of 2012 by Step into Fiction
2012 EPIC finalist for best fantasy romance
2012 Bookie Award nominee for best fantasy romance
A top ten book of 2011 by Books of Love