Timaru author's futuristic sci-fi novel well received around the world

Timaru author Rachel Wilson, 24, has had a busy year writing and publishing novels.
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Timaru author Rachel Wilson, 24, has had a busy year writing and publishing novels.

It has been a busy year for one young Timaru author.

Since celebrating the release of her debut novel Voiceless, in July, Rachel Wilson, 24, has finished putting together its sequel Expression.

The sci-fi young adult duology had been picked up by American publishing house Atthis Arts, and Expression was due to be released in October, Wilson said.

In addition to the duology, Wilson, who writes under the pseudonym E.G. Wilson, finished the first draft of her novel A Russian Called Smit last week.

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Wilson works as an administrator for English Language Partners, which runs English classes.

She said her publisher did not have sales data, for Voiceless, available but said it had been well received in Australia, the United States and Great Britain.

"We've had pretty good reviews, mostly four stars out of five," Wilson said.

"Most people are saying they've enjoyed it."

Voiceless was set in a futuristic version of Timaru, and told from the point of view of a young woman, Addy, who is afflicted with a disease which has left her mute.

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It has received praise for its use of te reo Māori, and lack of 'love-interest' plot.

Expression picks up where Voiceless left off, but switches to the point of view of Addy's brother Theo, Wilson said.

Writing A Russian Called Smit had been a learning curve for Wilson which had required she learn how to write a different genre. 

With A Russian Called Smit, Wilson said she could make the plot a bit darker, and the characters "almost more morally ambiguous".

The spy thriller was set in a fictitious mega city in the North Island, and Wilson carried out quite a bit of research to make the story more accurate, looking up specific gun makes and information about different drugs.

Wilson hoped A Russian Called Smit would be the first in a series of crime thriller novels.

 - Stuff

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