Author and illustrator Rachael Clarke grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, but always felt like a country girl at heart. A lover of nature and animals, and all things creative, she grew up writing poetry and drawing everything she admired in the world around her. In her youth, she published a few poems and a short story, and often created custom drawings for family and friends. Her favorite subject in school was art… no shock there.
After high school, Rachael went to C.M.U. (Canadian Mennonite University) and travelled with the “Outtatown” program to Central America, which provided life-changing experiences that helped to shape her future. Simultaneously, a spark was ignited for service and helping others. When she witnessed an unfortunate incident in Guatemala, that spark grew, igniting into a passion that lead her to become a police officer.
Rachael spent nine years serving both her country, and the general public, as a constable in the RCMP and the Weyburn Police Service. Unfortunately, Rachael began to struggle with complex PTSD resulting from her career, so she made the difficult decision to retire early. Rachael remains proud of her service/achievements, and now advocates for first responders struggling with mental health/PTSD in any way she can.
Rachael is now a stay-at-home mom living in south-central Manitoba with her husband, two busy boys, and a couple of bizarrely ill-behaved dogs. Having rekindled her old dream of becoming an author and artist, she’s been chasing it ever since. Whenever she’s not wrangling kids or pulling her hair out, she’s busy writing short stories (of all genres), acting in local theatre, drawing/painting, or taking classes to improve her craft. All while savouring coffee and copious amounts of chocolate, of course.
Rachael Clarke is currently working on her first YA fantasy novel (one of two), a childrens chapter book, and writing/illustrating the first of many picture books. Plans for future adult novels also slosh around in her brain, wreaking havoc. There’s simply too many ideas and not enough time!
*Check out the Current Projects page to learn more about what Rachael’s got in the works.*