I am Rebekah and, several months ago now, I was lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to become a part of Wild Weeds Press as an intern.
I have always been a passionate reader (but I must confess to being a particularly picky reader as well!). My very first literary love was Anne Martin's The Baby Sitter's Club series (1986 - 2000). The series was still widely popular in the early 2000s and my eleven-year-old self loved reading about characters who were clever, quirky, occasionally quite dramatic and, of course, dealing with issues I sometimes encountered too.
Then, whilst on a family trip in Margaret River, I found my second literary love: Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice (1813) was the first Austen novel I'd ever read but it was her novel Emma (1815), with its romantic twists, comic confusion and lively characters, which really captured my imagination. Since then, my love of reading has only grown, and I have developed a particular fondess for nineteenth century classic English literature - Lewis Carroll, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte and Anne Bronte and, of course, Jane Austen are among my favourite authors. (Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Windfell Hall (1848) is still my favourite novel!).
Somewhere along the way, this love of reading turned into a interest in editorial and book publishing. I have completed my Bachelors in Professional Writing and Publishing and a Honours degree in Literary and Cultural Studies (where I researched into gender stereotypes in contemporary Australian children's literature) at Curtin University.
I am so grateful to be a part of Wild Weeds Press. It has been fantastic to come and apply the skills I have, gain new insights into the publishing industry and be a part of the self-publishing journey. I have also had the pleasure of joining KSP's events and marketing committee which has been such a fun experience as it combines this love of literature with the opportunity to be involved with a part of Perth's writing community.
And so, with that in mind, I am very excited to see what the next chapter holds and, of course, continuing my involvement with both the Wild Weeds Press and KSP communities.