Rachel grew up on a Somerset smallholding surrounded by animals. At the age of twelve she was selected to attend a week-long creative writing course where she was in her element. Since then, she's been a writer of real-life feature stories for national women's magazines, an inventor of ideas for pop-up books and an editor of children's non-fiction.
It was on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University that Rachel felt she truly belonged. She graduated with Distinction. Ethan's Voice, her debut novel for 9-12 year-olds is a tender, uplifting story about a boy who cannot speak and a girl who changes his life forever.
Ethan's Voice won the Stockport Children's Award for Junior Fiction, was shortlisted for the Oldham Brilliant Books Award, and was longlisted for the Leeds Book Award. The novel was also selected for Reading Force, a reading initiative for Services families.
"An impressive, life affirming debut" The Bookseller
"Unusual and thoroughly engaging... It's simply told but compelling, and I spent the whole book willing Ethan to say something. A reminder that children's literature can take on serious themes." Independent on Sunday
"A short, gentle and highly intriguing story about a boy who is trying to find his voice and make sense of the past." Book Trust
Represented by Victoria Birkett