“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” –Miss Bingley, Pride and Prejudice
Rachel Dodge is the bestselling author of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits and Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. She teaches college writing and literature classes and gives talks at local book clubs, libraries, and literary groups. Rachel is a regular contributor to Jane Austen’s World blog, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine, and various other literary and faith-based blogs and online magazines. She was the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” series, Notable Books series, and 2014 Jane Austen Birthday Tea.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. in English and public relations) and California State University, Sacramento (M.A. in English literature). She wrote her Master’s Thesis on etiquette in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and won the 2005 Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award in non-fiction for “Pictures of (Im)perfection: Jane Austen’s ‘Delightful’ Elizabeth Bennet.” She is an active member of Inspire Writers, JASNA, JASNA Greater Sacramento, and the L.M. Montgomery Institute.
A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel loves books, bonnets, and ball gowns. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and kids, walking her dog, or watching period dramas.
Rachel Says: “I fell in love with books listening to my mother read—in our home, at the doctor’s office, in the middle of the night when I had the chicken pox. My grandmother was a children’s book author, my parents were both reading specialists and school teachers, so I guess you could say that I grew up in a world filled with books!”
Blog Articles: Rachel blogs about classic books, what great books teach us, and the Christian faith. You can also follow Rachel at Jane Austen’s World, where she writes about Jane Austen’s life and novels.
Speaking Engagements: Rachel enjoys speaking about a variety of topics, including writing, marketing for writers, Jane Austen, classic literature, and what great books teach us, as well as faith topics including prayer journaling, prayer walking, finding God’s purpose in your life, using your gifts to serve Jesus, and developing your personal devotional life. To book Rachel for a speaking engagement, click here.
Kindred Spirit Books: For kindred spirit book recommendations, follow Rachel here or on Instagram at @kindredspiritbooks. Her interests cover beloved girlhood classics, literary works (both old and new), and Christian non fiction (including her favorite genre–biographies of missionaries and other Christian heroes).
Representation: Rachel Dodge is represented by Janet Grant, President & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency.