Rebecca Fraser is an award-winning Mornington Peninsula-based author whose genre-mashing fiction for children and adults has won, been shortlisted for, and honourably mentioned for numerous awards and prizes including the Aurealis, Australian Shadows, Ditmars, and Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Writing Award.
To date, her traditionally-published works include three middle grade novels, a speculative short story collection, and over sixty short stories, poems, and articles in numerous Australian and international anthologies, journals, and magazines.
Rebecca feels most at home writing in the middle grade space and strives to write books with heart on issues that matter. To learn more about Rebecca and her work, feel free to say G’day at www.rebeccafraser.com
ABOUT REBECCA’S NEW BOOK SEA GLASS
Sea Glass is Rebecca’s new contemporary Australian middle grade novel.
Sea Glass is a coming-of-age family drama for readers aged 7-12 that tells the story of eleven-year-old, cricket mad Cailin and the summer holiday she reluctantly spends with her estranged grandfather who lives in a remote shack on Victoria’s east coast.
Sea Glass explores how, despite difference and disaster, a generational gap is bridged over a shared enthusiasm for sea glass. Sea Glass celebrates the importance of family and environment…and proves you’re never too old to go treasure hunting.
Sea Glass Is published by Wombat Books, available through your favourite bookstore or online retailers.
THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WRITING SEA GLASS
Interestingly, the hardest thing about writing Sea Glass turned about to be the most enjoyable! Protagonist Cailin is a talented cricketer, who has high hopes of making not just the school team, butone day the Australian team. During the course of the story, her grandfather gifts her a bat once owned by Don Bradman.
Cailin’s love of cricket was inspired by the wonderful achievements of our Australian Women’s National Cricket Team, and the heartening elevated interest in females in sports that is so richly deserved. I wanted Cailin’s passion for cricket to be an authentic part of her character, which meant to write about it with authenticity.
Problem was…I knew nothing about cricket!
HOW REBECCA OVERCAME THAT OBSTACLE
I went down the research rabbit hole! Thankfully, research is one of my favourite things about the writing process. I spent a lot of time researching cricket in Australia, the Ashes test series, ‘stars’ of cricket across the years, and the legend of ‘The Don’ – including what type of bats he used.
As a long-time beachcomber and sea glass enthusiast, I’ve always been fascinated by the science behind how sea glass is formed, and how the history of each piece tells its own remarkable story. As well as learning about cricket, my research process also encompassed learning as much as possible about the lifecycle of sea glass, and how the examples you find can be influenced my many variables: global location, currents and shipping channels, local industries over the years, and the different colours and qualities of glass used throughout the centuries.
Thanks for sharing this Rebecca. It’s fascinating. I must admit I’m a bit of a cricket tragic so I love that your book is about cricket.
THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR AND HOW REBECCA DEALS WITH IT
For me, it’s time! I sometimes struggle to find a good writing/work and family life balance. I also do a lot of volunteer work (as a writing mentor, as Vice President of Peninsula Writers’ Club and as one of the founding directors of the national youth writing competition Little Stories, Big Ideas). While all roles are incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, they do carve into writing time.
As often as I can, I schedule a block of consecutive days to escape to a writing retreat, usually with a group of writing friends, and never too far from home. I find removing myself completely from my home environment, and focussing purely on the writing, really maximises my momentum and productivity.
I so agree with this, Rebecca. Getting away on a writer’s retreat with likeminded people is so inspiring.
WHAT HAS KEPT YOU GOING?
It might sound a bit cliched, but I couldn’t imagine ever not writing. Since I first started taking my writing seriously in 2007, I kept writing, kept submitting, and in between the (many) rejections, every now and then would be an acceptance…and then another…and another, to keep the dream alive. I think patience and tenacity are two of the most important must-have resources every writer should have in their toolkit. 😊
Clearly these two qualities have paid off for you, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing your journey and congratulations on your new book.