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Rachel Thompson

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Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Broken Places (one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2015” top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Book Festivals), and the bestselling, multi-award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She recently released her first business book, the BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge, to stellar reviews. She is thrilled to be included in Feminine Collective’s two anthologies, Love Notes From Humanity: The Lust, Love & Loss Collection and Raw and Unfiltered Vol 1: Selected Essays and Poems on Relationships with Self and Others.
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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.

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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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It was an ordinary exam. Something I’d experienced goodness knows how many times before, considering I’m in my fifties and have had two children. Something you learn just being a woman and especially after having children: your private parts aren’t really private. The medical staff is all up in there, checking this and that. And you learn, as a woman, that that’s just how...

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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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“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 30: by Kayla

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

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

message 28: 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!


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

message 26: by Eric

Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.

Collette Scott Hi Rachel,

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

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

Penelope Marzec Thanks for your friendship!

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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.


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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,

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Phoenix Emrys Hey! Here we are again! heh.

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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...

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

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P.J. Thanks for the friendship!

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

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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.

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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....

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Sloan Parker Hi Rachel. Thanks for the friend add!

Stacey Benefiel I thought we were friends already. Der.

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Amy Saunders Thank you for the friend request! ~Amy

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