This month we’re all about promoting local content to local readers, and you can’t get much more local than Rebekah Turner.
Rebekah was born in Queensland and has lived all across the country, including stints in Bundaberg, Townsville, Adelaide, and Melbourne. She now calls Brisbane home.
Her latest book Threader
is her first YA novel and is set in the year 2050 at Helios Academy, where you basically have to evolve or die.
Learn more about Rebekah and what she loves about the #LoveOzYA community below!
1. What was your favourite book growing up and why?
I adored The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
, which was my first taste of fantasy. I mean, who wouldn't want to travel to a mystical realm to eat Turkish Delight and battle an evil White Witch? Well, maybe not that last part. But Turkish Delight is
2. If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you pick?
Dana Scully, Wonder Woman, Tyrion Lannister. And yes. I've given this question waaaaay too much thought.
3. What is your favourite part of the #LoveOzYA community?
The book recommendations. Though my TBR pile is out of control now. And also finding great new authors to stalk... I mean, follow... online... not in the streets or anything... because that would just be weird...
4. What would you like to tell your 18 year-old self?
I would say: Yes, Rebekah. You're right. David Gilbert IS a handsome bad boy, despite that crazy mullet of his. Flirt like crazy. FLIRT. Be brave! Be outrageous! Don't care what people think of you.
5. If you could pick the next big ‘trend’ in YA fiction, what would you choose?
Total stab in the dark: historical fiction, with a twist of fantasy and a slice of romance? *cracks knuckles, pulls up keyboard*
6. Who inspires you? (Doesn’t have to be limited to other writers.)
My writing group inspires me! They're a vibrant gang of ladies in different stages of their careers, and meeting up over coke and nachos to talk craft is the best feeling. Kind of like you've found your pack.
7. What YA book absolutely needs to be adapted into a film?
Lady Helan and the Dark Days Club
, by Alison Goodman. Please. Pretty, pretty please. Someone? Anyone? Take my money!
8. What’s the best #LoveOzYA book you’ve read in the past 12 months?
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
by Melissa Keil. Comic book love! Sexy Melbourne! Oncoming Armageddon! Bakery goodness! Love it.
9. What is your number one tip for would-be writers?
Never stop honing your craft. And when I say never, I mean never. Ever. Ever.
10. How would you summarise your latest book in 25 words or less?
After Josie Ryder is accepted into an exclusive academy, she gets caught in a web of deception, and discovers dreams can come a great cost.