Writer Interview-Rae Rankin

Mountain Girl

Inspired by a girl, her family, and a quaint mountain town, Mountain Girl is another charming, easy to read story from Rae Rankin and illustrated by J-San. Join the family as they take a vacation to a spot they love to go. Come along as they hike waterfalls, catch crawdads, gaze at the stars and enjoy getting outdoors.

Describe your day job.

I have been working fulltime for the state of California as an analyst for the past year. I am also an independent marketing and graphic design consultant with several clients including an international dental education company, a dressage trainer, and a Mexican restaurant chain. I also am the newsletter editor for the Mother Lode Arabian Horse Association.

Tell me about your latest book.

I write children’s picture books. I have published four, Cowgirl Lessons, Cowgirl Christmas, Beach Day and Mountain Girl.

Mountain Girl is my most current book and was released in June 2019.  The story is about a family visiting a small town in northern California. It focuses on all their adventures exploring the outdoors and the area.

Who are your writing role models?

I have several writing role models. For children’s books, I love the simplicity of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld who wrote the books Cloudette and Exclamation Mark! I also am a big fan of the illustrator of the Fancy Nancy stories, Robin Preiss Glasser.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

Balancing my day-to-day commitments with my writing life can be complicated. My husband and I have a very active 14 year old. I write a lot while sitting at the barn while she rides her horse, in the car before work start, on the backs of scratch paper, and while I am cooking dinner. I keep a notebook at my bedside for the times I wake up in the middle of the night and have a brilliant idea.

What are your other passions outside of writing?

I love exploring. We lived near Salt Lake City for two years and Seattle for four years before returning home to Northern California. I enjoy looking for unique places to visit that are in your own backyard.

I also love to read. It has been tough lately to find the time!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

I dreamed about being a writer for most of my life. Three years ago, I did some research and worked on the layout for a friend’s book. It motivated me to finish my story, Cowgirl Lessons, and find an illustrator to do the work. My dream came true! It hasn’t always been easy, but it is definitely worth the journey.

I encourage everyone to follow their dreams!

For more about Rae, check out her website: https://raerankin.com/

 

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