Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.

               Novelist, Psychologist, Catalyst

           Doris Gaines Rapp is an Indiana author and Ohio transplant. 

Writer by birth, psychologist, and teacher by education and experience, she is a former counseling center director at Taylor University, Upland and Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN. She was the lead psychologist at a men’s prison for a month. 

Dr. Rapp is passionate about people and understands the characters she creates. She has taught grades first through third and found the students to be funny little creatures. Teaching seventh-grade and the special education resource room in a high school were experiences that broadened her understanding of teens. Undergrad and graduate school psychology classes informed her concept of the wide variety of young adults. Private practice put her in the heads of people age three to eighty-three. She has also edited a few doctoral dissertations. Rapp has led professional continuing education seminars for psychologists and currently presents Promote Yourself at Write Now! – A Seminar for Writers. Proud to be an indie author, Dr. Rapp has written eight novels and is writing the ninth.

As the wife of a pastor, she and her husband, Bill, have six grown children and live in Indiana. She writes full time. 


The Boy with the Golden Horn       (May 2022)

"Jackson Jones, you are the one," the red deer announces.

Jackson wonders, “The one what?" 

To everyone in Waddyshine in 1846, fifteen-year-old Jackson Jones could do anything. But Jackson believes no one notices his creativity and hard work. When the evil Shaman-fey blasts icy wind across the heath, it threatens to freeze the village and all those in it. Jackson and his friend Becky set out to discover what the deer means and save their village. Will the music from his golden horn be strong enough to stop the Shaman? Is Jackson Jones the one? 

The Boy with the Golden Horn is dedicated to all those who want to be somebody and don’t realize they already are.              (For fifth grade through adults.)




Tucker's Perfect Day, is the newly released third book in the Tucker McBride trilogy. Oh what fun, to spend a few days with Tucker at Halloween time in 1946. Beggars' Night is nothing like you could imagine. Gramma's cousin, Sam, stops for a visit. Sam challenges Tucker to think about his life. There is a corn maze, some neighborhood bullies, a fire, and much more. What about Tucker's younger brother, Bobby? What a perfect day that would be, to spend a full twenty-four hours with the brother he hadn't seen for five years. A great read for grade 5 through grandparents.



Pray Them to Heaven. Some ask why God takes people from their loved ones so soon. I believe He takes no one but receives them when they arrive home. If we are Christian but our loved one isn't, our grief may double. We think we must be in control of everything, but we can't stop our friend or loved one from dying. It has to be someone's fault, So ... we blame God. This small book is my testimony of what the Lord gave me - a process to pray them to the gate of Heaven. Let me tell you of my experience, so you may grieve no more.


Tucker McBride's Many Lives by [Doris Gaines Rapp], a blog for kids and others interested in the activities and time following WWII. It is being enjoyed my those in the United States, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Belize, Netherlands, Russia, and other locations. Log on and enjoy.

#1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Christian Action & Adventure - posted on Amazon 7/13/19

Tucker thinks his family is different from the other guys' relatives. He has no mother, a distant father, and he and his siblings live with their uncle and grandparents. It's the six days around July 4, 1946 and Tucker is angry. His hero War Dog didn't come home from WWII. His solves uncomfortable feelings about his family by jumping into risky activities and adventures before he thinks. Thinking could dredge up thoughts he wants to avoid. When you're twelve and the entire neighborhood is your playground, escaping into your own fantasies becomes a fast ride into fun.

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy, when life was clearer from the top branch of a tree, when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure, when the whole neighborhood was his playground, and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.


10/26/18. Shyloe and the Mayor  

Shyloe wants to be a good citizen and she believes we should all re-cycle. Read Shyloe and the Mayor and find out what happens when she meets the mayor. Available at and Read on!



"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine."Doris Gaines Rapp

"Please spend time with me and my characters."







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