Rebecca’s debut novel released in February 2016. It was selected as a gift for the 2016 Emmy Award nominees and both the 2017 Grammy and Oscar Award nominees. Rebecca has nonfiction bylines nationwide exploring family issues, musicology, eco-friendly living solutions, and food and nutrition. She has published short stories in Gravel, Mixtape Methodology and Skyline. Her short story, “Like Father, Like Son,” won Best of 2015 for its category at Wordhaus literary magazine. A member of SCBWI, she contributes to The Huffington Post, specifically about issues regarding families and music, and edits an outdoor adventure magazine with an annual circulation of 2.7 million. She co-facilitates a popular monthly teen writing workshop at her local library, an annual filled-to-capacity teen writing camp intensive, and a twice-annual spoken word event, Teen Story Slam. Rebecca also visits middle and high school classrooms, guest-teaching creative writing activities.
She recently completed her second manuscript, a YA contemporary novel, HOW I LEARNED TO PLAY GUITAR, and has begun writing a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, and an alternative therapy nonfiction workbook for at-risk teens, utilizing art, creative writing, music, movement, and meditation.
Her family resides on a lush, forested island off the coast of Seattle. Rebecca is married with two boys, ages 10 and 12, a noisy cat and her canine best friend.
Contact her at rjlacko (at) gmail (dot) com, or on Twitter @TheRJLacko, or on Instagram at @RebeccaJLacko
Reading Opens Minds chose Radio Head as a book club selection
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!