Meet Rebecca

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.

faveMy 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

Associations

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network Writing Instructor and Volunteer
She Writes member
SCBWI member
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers Group, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
NaNoWriMo Regional Write in Co-Host/Organizer

Interviews/Appearanceslove-this

Invited to Present my book to Grammy Award Nominees (2017)

Invited to Present my book to Oscar Award Nominees (2017)

Invited to Present my book to 100 Emmy Nominees (2016)

Author Event – Music, books, fun

Book Launch

Author Interview with Rebecca by WILDSound CEO Matthew Toffolo

Mini Interview with Rebecca and Top 10 RADIO HEAD Quotes

Rebecca’s Visit to Lisette Brodey’s Writers Chateau

Blog Talk Radio interview with author Robert Batista, host of The Funky Writer

Special Training

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)

Writing Samples/Links

Article: Five ways Parents can Help Prevent Cyberbullying Huffpost

Article: A Brave Face – Victims Disfigured by Domestic Violence Can Get Life-Changing Help 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

Blog: Motherhood, Marriage & Other Wild Rides

Parenting Column

Collection  of articles: Trade and Consumer magazines

Green Living Column

Former Culinary Blog: The Unassuming Foodie

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!

OC Register newspaper feature about my writing

RADIO HEAD is available wherever you purchase books!
Amazon     I     Barnes & Noble     I     Books-a-Million     I     IndieBound    I     Amazon UK     I     Goodreads

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2 responses to “Meet Rebecca

  1. I’m so excited to have met you! After reading all this, I feel like I just befriended a superhero ~ I’d love to see your superhero outfit 🙂

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