Relocating back to my old haunts in Arlington, Texas, I had anticipated that I would have an opportunity to meet fellow writers throughout the DFW area. I did not expect that while out shopping for furniture I would be introduced to Rachel Caine, the New York Times best-selling author of the young adult novels, The Morganville Vampire Series. That was pure serendipity.
To be perfectly clear, I did not actually meet Rachel Caine (yet) and she is not exactly Rachel Caine and . . . well let me explain further.
As I have gone around town shopping and preparing the condo for habitation, I have exchanged business cards with people and mine clearly indicates I am a writer. That led to a discussion with John, the proprietor of Second Home Furniture, who mentioned he had sold furniture to THE Rachel Caine, who he described as a delight. He then displayed his personally autographed copy of Ghostown.
After a little research I learned that Rachel Caine is one of the pen names of a Texas girl, Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, who grew up in El Paso, eventually migrated to Arlington, and now lives in Ft. Worth, only a stone’s throw from the Arlington outskirts. She had an education and a background in business and music, and began to write and publish short stories by 1990.
I count some 55 published novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense and horror, under several pen names. Chief among them may well be the 16 novels in her vampire series (set in the imaginary town of Morganville, Texas) which she published under the Rachel Caine nom de plume.
Rachel – or Roxanne – and I have met by “email” and her warm response makes me think we could be fast friends or co-conspirators of some sort as I settle back into the real town of Arlington, Texas.
— Jonnie Martin
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