Rachael Phillips poses for a photo with her newest book, “Deck the Hearse,” at a recent book signing in Upland.

Rachael O. Phillips is a beloved local author and strong voice around Grant County who publishes a column in the Marion Chronicle-Tribune each weekend.

She is the winner of several writing awards, such as the Erma Bombeck Global Award and first place for the 2007 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest.

This story was written as part of a professional writing course at Taylor University.

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