I write science fiction and horror because I absolutely love asking, "what if..." (and killing people off). I have roughly a dozen titles in print, with the Deadland Saga being my currently most popular trilogy. I'm an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers.
Want the scoop on me? I was raised on a farm in Iowa 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 and as director of IT Strategy for Aviva North America (I'm currently at W. R. Berkley as a change agent). I've also taught at Upper Iowa University for over a decade, warping the minds of tomorrow's workforce.
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 sixty-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
(and, Amazon #1 Bestseller in both 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