Award-winning author RL Stedman lives in Otago, New Zealand, with her husband and two sons. 'I began writing, ' she says, 'because I love to read. So each story I write is like a present to myself. It's just a bonus that others want to read them too.' In 2012, Rachel was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award, and was the winner of the Tessa Duder Award. Her first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was awarded Best First Book 2014 at the New Zealand Post Book Awards.