This is Rachel and her proud mother, Lanne:

I was moved to tears by the wonderful epic poem Rachel Maes, was inspired to write about Josephine B. She and her mother came to my Borders reading last night in Wilmette, IL. Rachel is going to be going to Roosevelt University in the fall, where I myself graduated. She is consumed with interest in Royals and wishes to get a PhD in history. As well as such poetry, the language and images fresh and moving, she is working on two novels. Such talent and focus at such a young age!

Also at this event was Aimee Aimee Laberge, author of Where the River Narrows, a wonderful historical novel, which I “blurbed” some time ago.