Rebeka Shaid was raised in a multicultural household, surrounded by piles of books, nosy siblings, and lots of mythical trees that are known as the Black Forest. Growing up she wanted to be a snake charmer or ventriloquist, but that (luckily) didn’t pan out. Instead, she turned to words and writing. After doing sensible adult things like going to university, working as a business journalist, and becoming a mum she decided to pen a YA novel. In her writing, she likes to explore themes of identity, loss, and coming of age.