Being a published author at 24 is still “a bit unreal” for Timaru writer Rachel Wilson.
Ms Wilson, who publishes as E.G. Wilson, released her first two novels, Voiceless and Expression, earlier this year.
She said she often looked at her bookshelf and did a double-take when she saw her name on the spine of her two books sitting alongside all the others she owned.
“It’s still a little bit unreal.”
She spoke to pupils at Highfield School last week after an invitation from a teacher who had been reading Voiceless to her class, “which is awesome”.
Her pen name, E.G. Wilson, which came from her middle names, Elizabeth Grace, was a way to get past sexism in the sci-fi community.
“Authors with obviously female names don’t tend to sell well in science fiction.”
She began writing Voiceless in 2012 as part of the annual National Novel Writing Month.
The annual challenge, known as NaNoWriMo, encourages participants to write a 50,000-word story during November.
Ms Wilson was now working on a spy series and was on to the third book as part of NaNoWriMo, having written 86,000 words for it so far this month.
book in the new series in July and her target is to write more than 350,000 words in six months by mid-December.
There would be about 12 books in the series.
“I keep getting new ideas.”
Ms Wilson grew up reading science fiction along with J.R R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and Space Trilogy
She took a break from writing and reading earlier this year, watching TV shows Agents of Shield, Person of Interest and Leverage – shows that have inspired her more recent spy-themed writing.
“I’d love if I could to pay the rent from my writing one day.”
Ms Wilson would be talking about her first two books at Timaru District Library on Sunday, and she hoped South Canterbury residents would come along.
“Bring your best questions.”
E.G. Wilson will speak at the Timaru District Library on Sunday at 1.30pm.