Born only a few miles from where Jesse James robbed his first train, Rachel Kovaciny has loved westerns all her life. She says they’re where her imagination feels most at home. A Christian wife and mother, Rachel homeschools her children. In her spare time, she writes books and a column on Old West history for the Prairie Times.

Rachel Kovaciny’s first stand-alone book, Cloaked, debuted in 2017, and was selected as a Peacemaker Award finalist for Best YA/Children’s Western Fiction.

Her latest release, My Rock and My Refuge, has been named a 2023 finalist in the WILLA Literary Awards for the Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction category.  

My Rock and My Refuge also won second place in the 2023 PenCraft Awards for Literary Excellence in the Christian Historical Fiction category.