R.L. Naquin

Rachel is the author of the urban fantasy Monster Haven series from Carina Press. She believes in magic, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks, and putting things off until stress gets them done faster at the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas.

Looks Like We Made It

Well, for somebody who burst on the scene of this year’s NaNoWriMo with the super-sekrit plan to pull a double, I damn near didn’t make the single. Considering I’d planned the whole thing as a lesson in pacing, that almost makes it a “fail.” But it’s not. I learned from it. I learned how far […]


So, obviously, I’m not doing a double NaNo. Or even the NaNo and a half, which was my revised plan. The logic behind the plan seemed pretty solid. My day job is to write this book. I should be writing 2k a day already. Everyone else works a day job, then does NaNo, so I […]

Dinosaurs and Sushi Bars

NaNoWriMo, day 21,537,832. So tired. The overhead lights beat down on my head. The sofa cushion has permanently taken on the shape of my ass. The words have dried up. I’m at the climax scene. I have to kill someone I love, and my heart is breaking. I don’t want to go on. Thanksgiving is […]

Week Two Sucks. That Is All.

Well, here we are. The dreaded week two. Jane Lynch continues to scream abuses into my ear, but I have to admit, her voice is getting weaker. I’m currently well over 30k words, but the gap between the regular NaNo goal and my spazzy personal goal is narrowing. I still hope to catch up and […]

Drop and Give Me Fifty

Welcome to Bootcamp, soldier. You will hate me by the time this is over, but deep in your lazy, pathetic heart, you’ll also thank me. I see by your record you wrote a book last year. And one the year before. Who the hell cares? Look around you. You see all these people sweating over […]