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Rachel Thompson

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Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places(one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival), and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is represented by agent Lisa Hagan and published by ShadowTeams NYC.

She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly.

Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the has

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Rachel Thompson Hi Matthew! Great question.

Regardless of whether the review is positive or negative, I thank the person for taking the time to read and review my…more
Hi Matthew! Great question.

Regardless of whether the review is positive or negative, I thank the person for taking the time to read and review my work.

Writing is art. Art is subjective. Not everyone will love my work, particularly poetry. I get that. I don't love everything I read! So I decided long ago to be thankful, grateful that people are reading me, even if they are mean or rude in their review of it.

Sure, it can sting. I'm human. But I hope I can learn something for future books or at least as a person.

Thank you for asking!

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Rachel Thompson So far, I haven't experienced it. Sure, some days go better than others, but that's the case in any field or heck, life.

If I feel stuck, I go for a…more
So far, I haven't experienced it. Sure, some days go better than others, but that's the case in any field or heck, life.

If I feel stuck, I go for a walk, listen to music, read, play with my kids. I view writing as a wonderful, amazing, creative job. But it's still a job. Butt in the seat, every day. Write. Even if it's a tweet, or a blog post, or three lines of a poem. Write something. Every single day. (less)
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A Walk in the Snark

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Broken Pieces

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The Mancode: Exposed

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The Broken Collection

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This is the Reason I Won't Talk Politics on Social Media Anymore, Rachel Thompson, @RachelintheOC

Don’t discuss politics. I broke one of my own cardinal rules of branding.

I know! I did it. I shouldn’t have, but I suppose, after all, I’m human. I gave into the temptation to discuss politics for the past few weeks on social media. It’s been bloody, and frustrating, and glorious.

And now, I’m done.

Let’s deconstruct.

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“She wondered If I had woken up, would I have smelled his sadness, his desperation, and his detachment?

His death, her breath.

He told her once, she remembers, these two words have no other rhyme but each other.

If she could go back, she thinks --

She would open her eyes, instead of her heart.”
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“Women have rooms inside of us men cannot fathom.

It’s where we store the depths of the hurt we’ve been dealt.

Where we store the deep love we never want to lose.”
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“I gave my heart to a man who loved me, who wanted to be with me. Who ultimately was afraid of all I offered.
I didn’t understand why he sabotaged our future at the time – cheating on me, again, as we were making final plans to move in together. By the time he came over to smooth talk his way out of it, I was done. No more crying. Even my tears had given up on him. I’d already moved on, his cheating was simply the key left in the mailbox.”
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“A man once asked me ... how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. "Well," said the man, "I shouldn't have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing." I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.”
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“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.”
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“There are two types of visions. Those that will happen no matter what, and those that can be stopped. Now more than ever, I wish I could tell them apart.”
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“I have slept with you all night long while the dark earth spins with the living and the dead, and on waking suddenly in the midst of the shadow my arm encircled your waist. Neither night nor sleep could separate us.”
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message 33: by Robert

Robert Crawford Have you heard of my new thriller, GODS OF OUR FATHERS? If not, please check it out and tell your many friends about it. https://t.co/51tX4tCgKj

message 32: by Kate

Kate Black Just dropping by to say hell, and you rule!! :)

message 31: by Kayla

Kayla Stonor Thanks for friending! Interesting Amazon blog there. Kayla

message 30: by Johann

Johann Coetzer Thanks for the friendship, I would surely take a read at one of your books

message 29: by Judith

Judith Leger Hi Rachel! I so hear you about the networking sites and the hits. I've had to block a lot of them. Or report them. Not fun at all.

Thanks for the friend request!


message 28: by Ellen

Ellen DuBois I'm liking this. Thanks for the invite! :)

message 27: by Eric

Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.

Collette Scott Hi Rachel,

Thank you so much! It's wonderful to connect :D

message 25: by Graeme

Graeme Stokes Hi Rachel, thanks for the kind friendship :)

Penelope Marzec Thanks for your friendship!

message 23: by Jason

Jason Hi, Rachel :) ... yeah, me again haha! ;)

message 22: by Dianna

Dianna Hardy Thanks for the friends request :)

message 21: by Bridget

Bridget Bowers Thanks for the friend request, Rachel. Merry Christmas!

message 20: by Fran

Fran Friel Great to meet you, Rachel. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Charlotte Liebel Thank you for your friendship at Goodreads, Rachel.


message 18: by Blak

Blak Rayne Thanks for the friendship!

message 17: by Rachael

Rachael Wade Hey Rachel, thanks so much for the friend add! Great to meet you. :)

Rachael, with an "ael" lol

message 16: by Rachel

Rachel Kramer Hey, Rachel. Fancy meeting you here :P. Just wanted to swing by your page and say, "thank you for the friend invitation". Looking forward to seeing more of you around Goodreads, as well as the Twitterverse.

Best wishes in your literary shenanigans,

message 15: by Bonnie

Bonnie Hey Rachel, thanks for connecting with me :)
Hope you're having a good one!

message 14: by Jill

Jill Hi Rachel, Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. Will no doubt see you on the Indie Book Collective at some time.

Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections Hi Rachel,

Thanks for the friendvite. It's nice to see you here, too.

Happy Reading and Writing,

message 12: by Phoenix

Phoenix Emrys Hey! Here we are again! heh.

message 11: by Gary

Gary Revel My Memoir - Includes details of my Martin Luther King Jr. assassination investigation -
TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT at SCRIBD - http://www.scribd.com/doc/59318461/To...

message 10: by Arleen

Arleen Alleman Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. Arleen

message 9: by P.J.

P.J. Thanks for the friendship!

Mireille Chester Thanks for the friend request. Hope you're having a great weekend. :)

message 7: by Gary

Gary Revel Believe in the dream and the dream will believe in you.

Stuart Land Wow. Who could top a really cool hurricane making landfall? Maybe two galaxies intermingling? I just think you're cool.

message 5: by Kenn

Kenn Bivins Rachel, thank you for adding me to your awesome cache friends. I hope that you have the opportunity to read my novel, Pious, a critically acclaimed tale about an esteemed man who is confronted with all that he has tried to hide of his past when an ex-wife tries to extort money from him and a registered sex-offender moves into his neighborhood.

Available on Kindle and nook for as little as $1.99
http://amzn.to/pious199 and/or http://bit.ly/piousNook

Also available in paperback.

Daniel Audet Rachel, in my travels I'm seeing other types of writing from you and though I'm not the least bit surprised, what a treasure it is to see this side of you. WOW. Kind of like a really cool hurricane making landfall....

message 3: by Sloan

Sloan Parker Hi Rachel. Thanks for the friend add!

Stacey Benefiel I thought we were friends already. Der.

message 1: by Amy

Amy Saunders Thank you for the friend request! ~Amy

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