About me

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I am an editor and writer based in South Australia, where I live within walking distance of the sea.


My editing career includes working as a freelance proofreader for a justice of the Supreme Court, as an in-house fiction editor of a start-up dotcom publisher, and  — most recently — several years as the Senior Editor for the University of Adelaide Press, where I edited scholarly, peer-reviewed, open-access manuscripts across a wide range of disciplines and citation styles. Currently, I work as a freelance editor.

I am a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd).

‘[Y]our editor Rebecca was one of the best I had encountered: sensitive to the text, thorough, intelligent.’
— Law academic

‘Thank you for your meticulous work on [my] MS.’
— Architecture academic

‘Thank you for teaching me so much over this time.’
— Postgraduate history student


I have had two award-winning novels for young adults published. One of my novels was also published in the USA and the other was translated into German. I’ve also provided manuscript assessment services for fiction manuscripts at various stages of production.

I am a member of Writers SA, the Australian Society of Authors and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In addition to my published novels, I blog about books and birds and words at Twenty-One Words (tales from the birdgirl).

‘Unfortunately, I’ve found there aren’t enough novels in this genre which deal with real-life issues teenagers face and it is a shame because although they are fictional, I find them to be inspiring and also understanding of how people my age feel. So I’m glad you intend to write another novel because I congratulate you on your first effort — it was excellent.’
— Reader, 16 years old, on Leaving Jetty Road

‘A short and bittersweet novel about a girl who falls in love with another girl in her younger days. Very honest and believable … ’
— Reviewer, on Beyond Evie

‘I have greatly enjoyed, and often been inspired by, reading your work.’
— Reader of my blog, Twenty-One Words (tales from the birdgirl)