About Me

DSC_1536Hello! I’m Gayleen Rabakukk.

I’ve always had a deep sense of curiosity about the world around us. Discovering the who, what, when, where, why and how has always fascinated me. Not surprisingly, I became a journalist.

After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a journalism degree, I went to work for a small, daily newspaper. I loved sharing the story of our community with local readers and learned how to handle deadlines. All too soon my newspaper time ended when a corporation bought the paper and merged it with another publication (that had been my competitor).

I spent a short time at the Chamber of Commerce before landing a job as an administrative assistant with a state supreme court justice. Through all of this, I continued writing and exploring the world of stories. My magazine articles were published, first in local and then in national publications. I wrote about lighthouses, horses and gardens, in addition to penning a monthly column for a parenting publication.

Later on, I decided that I wanted my stories to have a longer shelf life; newspaper articles are recycled every day, magazines get tossed out every few months, but books have staying power.

I decided to go to graduate school and was lucky enough to be accepted at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Their low-residency Master of Fine Arts meant I could keep my day job and work one-on-one with bestselling and award winning authors.

Since then, I’ve had two adult non-fiction books published. For more information, see My Work page.

I am represented by Andrea Cascardi of Transatlantic Literary Agency.