Rachel Ann Nunes learned to read when she was four, beginning a lifetime fascination with the written word. She avidly devoured books then and still reads everything she can lay hands on, from children’s stories to science articles. She began writing in the seventh grade and is now the author of twenty-five published books, including the popular Ariana series and the picture book Daughter of a King, voted best children’s book of the year in 2003 by the Association of Independent LDS Booksellers. Her picture book The Secret of the King was chosen in Utah by the Governor's Commission on Literacy to be awarded to all Utah grade schools as part of the Read With A Child For 20 Minutes Per Day program.
Rachel served an LDS mission to Portugal, where she met her husband, TJ. They now live in Utah Valley and are the parents of six children—three boys and three girls. She loves camping with her family, traveling and meeting new people, and, of course, writing. As a stay-at-home mother, it isn't easy to find time to write, but she will trade washing dishes or weeding the garden for an hour at the computer any day! Her only rule about writing is to never eat chocolate at the computer. "Since I love chocolate and writing," she jokes, "my family might never see me again." Rachel writes Monday through Friday in a home office, often with a child on her lap. She takes frequent breaks from writing to build Lego towers, practice phonics, or jump on the trampoline with the kids.