Fiction Writing

Rachel writes Contemporary YA novels that deal with LGBT themes under her given name and science fiction and fantasy under the name R. J. Eliason

Her YA novels include:

The Best Boy Ever Made

Alecia Mueller, a conservative country girl, knows how her life is going to turn out. She is going to grow up, meet “the one,” get married and live in the country. When her best friends Sam comes out as a Female to Male Transgender, she chooses personal loyalty and friendship over politics. But what if the boy that Sam is becoming is “the one?”

The Case of Nikki Pagan


When Jason’s pickup tires first begin sliding across the gravel of the country road, he is still his small town’s high school prize running back and one of the school’s “A-list” popular kids. He is looking forward to one more year of high school and then, he hopes, being picked up by a Big Ten team. But after the Jaws of Life tear him from the wreckage of his drunk-driving accident, he wakes up post-surgery in the University of Iowa Hospital’s long-term pediatric ward, wondering if he will ever walk again.

Bobby McGin only wants one thing out of life, to be a normal teen with normal friends. But when your last-possible round of chemo fails to stem the spread of the tumors ravaging your body’s soft tissue, it’s hard to be normal.

Nikki Pagan is the glue that holds the two boys together. She is a bright and precocious fifteen-year-old girl. Why is she on the long-term ward? Why won’t she talk about what is wrong with her? And why is it so important she follow “the rules for being Nikki”?

Run, Clarissa, Run

Life in a small town can be tough when you’re a little different, but for a fifteen year old transgender kid it can truly be hell. Clark is harassed daily at school for his effeminate behavior and appearance. He has no friends and a brother that is as likely to be on the teasing as to prevent it.

When Clark is offered a job babysitting for the Pirella family, it seems like a godsend. The money is good. He bonds with the girls almost instantly. The father, Tony, works in computer security. Tony and Clark strike up a friendship based on a mutual love of computers and hacking.

As Tony becomes aware of Clark’s transsexuality and his growing feminine alter ego, Clarissa, things become incredibly complicated. Will Tony be Clarissa’s salvation, or her undoing?

Finding Nicholas

Moving to a small town to care for his ailing grandmother, Aaron decides he must go back in the closet. “Dude, you aren’t two feet out of the closet,” a friend says. But coming out is complicated when Dad is a youth minister and Grandpa knows everyone in the small town you are moving too.
Then he meets Nicholas. Obsessed with cosplay and a local legend, Everyone in the small school thinks Nicholas is gay. Aaron isn’t so sure and coming out because a cute boy might be gay? Sounds like a bad sitcom. But after the boys share a kiss everything changes.

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