Passionate and opinionated HuffPost contributor, outdoor adventure magazine editor, and fiction writer. Enthusiastic mom to boys ages 10 and 12, and passionate and opinionated wife. (Wait, did I say that already?) We live on a lush, forested island off the coast of Seattle, with a cat and a dog enamored of one another.
My debut novel released in February 2016. (Find out what people are saying about RADIO HEAD!) My second book is a Middle Grade novel currently under agent consideration: In HOW I LEARNED TO PLAY GUITAR, Carter picks up licks, chord changes, and performance techniques from a quirky cast of Southern charmers; a rock star, a thief, a bluesman, a chanteuse-turned-chef, and the dream of a girl back home. By the time the story reaches the end of old US Route 66, Carter learns how to deep-fry yucca blossoms, and tell the truth of his life through music. Author and New York Times Book Reviewer Mark Sarvas described the book, “A well-constructed, satisfying read. The characters feel like they have real agency and dimension. Relationships across generations, and class, and genders all feel true. The language is clean, not fussy but never dull. I think the writing about music is expertly handled. The prose is a pleasure to read.”
I have bylines nationwide exploring family issues, musicology, eco-friendly living solutions, and food and nutrition. My award-winning culinary column appeared in several channels including a celebrity cookbook, and I contributed a regularly featured first-person vignette on fostering meaningful family life. It became such a hot topic, I did a few TV appearances. I support my local writing community by co-facilitating monthly teen writing workshops through the public library, and filled-to-capacity teen writing summer camps.
If you’ve found my blog, I’ll wager you love to talk about the writing craft, publishing, marketing books, and keeping your sanity through revisions as much as I do. I invite you to share your ideas, anecdotes from your writing journey, and the joy of the written word with me.
Contact me at rjlacko (at) gmail (dot) com, or on Twitter @TheRJLacko
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network Writing Instructor and Volunteer
She Writes member
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers Group, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
NaNoWriMo Regional Write in Co-Host/Organizer
Author Accelerator Book Coach Program (2016)
Book Marketing for Authors (2016)
Generative Writing Workshop with Julianne Cohen (2016)
Seattle Writers Workshop (2015)
Writers Retreats: Prue’s House with author Margaret Nevinski (2014, 2016); Various California venues with author Lisa Manterfield (2013, 2014, 2016)
Revision workshop with author Ann Hood
First Pages workshop with Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services (2015)
Workshop with Victoria Marini, Gelfman Schneider (2014)
Writers Studio at UCLA (2011, 2013)
Article: Five ways Parents can Help Prevent Cyberbullying Huffpost
Article: Is the Sober Curious Movement the End of Teen Binge Drinking? Huffpost
Article: Worried About Your Teen Getting Into College? Try Music Lessons Huffpost
Article: Just One Week of Meditation Can Boost Creative Problem Solving Huffpost
Article: Teens can Improve Creativity, Relieve Anxiety by Meditating Huffpost
Interview: Victoria Theodore and the Musical Life Mixtape Methodology
Article: How Music Can Improve Your Teen’s Self-Esteem HuffPost Parents, All4Women
Article: How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Use Enhanced Music to Recover Lost Memories HuffPost Science
Article: Why Teen Need Their Music: Part I. Secrets for Parents Huffington Post
Book Excerpt: RADIO HEAD, a novel Mixtape Methodology
Interview: A Brief Examination of High And Mighty Low’s “Blackbird” Mixtape Methodology
Interview: alt rock band Minus The Bear on the art of song-writing collaboration, Mixtape Methodology
Interview: Rock musician Alex Rose on transmodal neuroplasticity and making music, Mixtape Methodology
Short Story: It Was Easier Mixtape Methodology
Short Story: Like Father, Like Son Wordhaus magazine – Voted BEST OF WORDHAUS for its category, Thriller/Horror (2015)
Short Story: Clothes The Door Gravel magazine
Short Story: Letter to a Librettist Skyline magazine
KABC Channel 7 Morning show discussing how technology helps families stay connected.
The Doctors show, on CBS. Joining Dr. James Sears and Dr. Travis Stork to discuss infant potty training. Click to See me on The Doctors!