All my books are at Bologna Book Fair, on the Dunedin City of Literature Stand.
I’m an invited judge for the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards
My books are at Frankfurt Book Fair.
The Prankster and the Ghost and A Skillful Warrior now available in NZ bookstores!
Upon A Time released online and in stores.
A Skillful Warrior released onto on-line stores
The Prankster and the Ghost released onto on-line stores
A Necklace of Souls shortlisted for 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards: Best New Talent
A Necklace of Souls awarded Notable Book Status by Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust.
A Necklace of Souls shortlisted for 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards
A Necklace of Souls awarded Best First Book, 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards
Inner Fire released onto Amazon and selected stores
A new edition of A Necklace of Souls, published by Waverley Productions, is released onto on-line stores
A physiotherapist by training, Rachel Stedman (writing as R. L. Stedman) has an MBA from the University of Canterbury and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Aoraki Polytechnic (where she studied with Diane Brown).
In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award and was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award. In 2014, Rachel’s 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.
Rachel has published seven novels, and has several more germinating in her head. She lives in Otago, New Zealand, and you can find her on most social media platforms (@rlstedman) 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’
- Press Release
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
- Christchurch City Libraries – Interview with RL Stedman
- My Best Friends are Books – In which I tell a TRUE ghost story