Information for Media
March 2014: A Necklace of Souls shortlisted for 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards: Best New Talent
29 March 2014: A Necklace of Souls awarded Notable Book Status by Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust.
8 April 2014: A Necklace of Souls shortlisted for 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards
23 June 2014: A Necklace of Souls awarded Best First Book, 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards
1 December 2014: Inner Fire released onto Amazon and selected stores
22 December 2014: A new edition of A Necklace of Souls, published by Waverley Productions, is released onto on-line stores
18 April 2015: A Skillful Warrior released onto on-line stores
1 September 2015: The Prankster and the Ghost released onto on-line stores
1 April 2016: The Prankster and the Ghost and A Skillful Warrior now available in NZ bookstores!
A physiotherapist by training, Rachel Stedman (writing as RL Stedman) has an MBA from the University of Canterbury and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Aoraki Polytechnic, where she studied with Diane Brown.
She lives in Otago with her husband and two children and enjoys hiking, cycling and running. And reading, of course.
Rachel has published short stories in Semaphore, Moon-Drenched Fables and The School Journal.
In 2014 her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, was awarded Notable Book by Storylines and gained Best First Novel at the New Zealand Post Book Awards.
Inner Fire, her second novel, was published in 2014 and A Skillful Warrior, the sequel to A Necklace of Souls, in 2015. The Prankster and the Ghost, a middle grade adventure, was also released in 2015.
You can find Rachel on most social media platforms, or at her local library.
Reviews and News Articles
- The Evil Drinking Fountain – A story by Rachel made into a short film by pupils at Parkvale School in Hastings.
A Necklace of Souls
- Otago Daily Times: Novel take on teenage conflict
- Kings High School Book Gang
- Bob’s Books Blog
- Kiwi Families
- Science Fiction & Fantasy Association of New Zealand
- Armchair of a Bookologist
- Stuff.co.nz: NZ Post Book Awards
- New Zealand Post Book Awards – Judges Report
- Around the Bookshops – ‘A feisty thriller’
- Collected – Issue #14, page 16 – ‘Plenty of tension and a fantastic premise’
- BookRapt: Bay of Plenty Children’s Literature Association – ‘Gripping and fast-moving’
A Necklace of Souls
- The Southland Times
- My Best Friends Are Books
- Channel 9 Television – video interview
- School Library Association of New Zealand: Collected, Issue Number 9, page 13
- Otago Daily Times: Dunedin Author Among Finalists (Story accompanied by the Worst Photo in the World)
- Otago Daily Times: First Book Award for Dunedin Author
- Channel 9 Television: Nightly Interview – Rachel Stedman
- Otago Daily Times: Hot Topic
- Kids’ Book Review: 12 Curly Questions
- Kura Carpenter: An Interview with RL Stedman
A Skillful Warrior
The Prankster and the Ghost