Hello! My name is pronounced Rachelle, I’m a Canadian artist, musician and writer. My pronouns are she/her. I love weird and magical things.
Art! I studied for a stint in fine arts at the Cegep de Matane (Quebec) where I grew up by the sea, Okanagan University College in Kelowna (British Columbia) where the Rockies are always in the backdrop, and in beautiful Montreal under the wing of the Argentinian painters Alejandro Boim and the late Mariana Semino for close to a decade. They were my real Art School. I’ve given classes in the past and will probably take that up again someday. Some of my favourite painters are Denis Sarazhin, David Cheifetz, Nikolay Blokhin, Jeremy Mann, and Guillermo Lorca García H.
Music! I grew up in a household full of melodies and instruments. My parents practiced with their band in the basement and I mimicked their tunes on my little organ. I started playing guitar around the age of seven and was playing Iron Maiden at nine. It was the eighties! As a young adult, I wrote and recorded two albums (the 2nd one co-written with my husband) and have two dozen songs on the backburner (they are caking at the bottom, we will probably start fresh). Though my main instrument is the guitar, I attempt to play on anything I lay my hands on, because that’s how I was raised. Make music! I fronted our little ensemble August Elliot, we played and gigged and it was fun. Our projects have been on hold for a while but are slowly coming back to life. Expect some banjo. Some of my favourite bands are Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains (Seattle sound – my teenage love), most of 90s California skater punk rock (try Good Riddance, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name), Bon Iver, Phantogram, Novo Amor, Led Zep, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica pre Black Album, the Beatles, Beck, a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Death Cab For Cutie, Faith No More, Elliott Smith… My tastes are eclectic.
Poetry! I’ve been writing poetry and song lyrics since I was about 14 yrs old. My mom said “write out your feelings”, so I did. That was around the time when I became a vegetarian. Funny how that is. So many emotions and changes and altruistic thoughts bursting in our brains at that age. I’ve been vegan for, oh, decades now.
Books! To date, I have published four novels. I’m a “pantser”, I love discovering what a story will become when I start writing it. It’s a wickedly fun adventure. Some of my favourite books are The Name of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss), Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo), The Beach (Alex Garland), The Seas (Samantha Hunt), The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern), The Wicker King (K.Ancrum), Sawkill Girls (Claire Legrand), The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger), The Witches of New York (Ami McKay), Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman), The Martian (Andy Weir), The Boatman’s Daughter (Andy Davidson), A History of What Comes Next (Sylvain Neuvel), Gideon the Ninth (Tamsyn Muir), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury), and The Hobbit (Tolkien) – one of my first loves.
I homeschooled my two kids who are now big teens and they are my favourite people on this earth. They are kind, open-minded dancers, artists, and musicians. We have a lot of fun.
I live in my birth city of Montreal with my husband and kids and retired racing greyhound Echo.
author facebook : facebook.com/racheltremblaybooks
twitter : @swell_rachelle
poetry & flash : blanketsandfrankincense.wordpress.com
music : augustelliot.bandcamp.com
art : dirtybrush.wordpress.com
art facebook: facebook.com/dirtybrush.art
art instagram: @swell_rachelle