Rachael King was born in New Zealand in 1970 to a bookish family – her father Michael King (who died in 2004) was one of New Zealand’s most prominent authors, and her mother Ros Henry is a publisher.
After finally gaining her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland she began working in radio, hosting an arts program on 95bFM and selling advertising, a career she continued through magazines, and which funded her growing passion for writing fiction.
Rachael completed a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Wellington’s Victoria University in 2001 and began work on The Sound of Butterflies (2006)
. In 2007 it won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Best First Novel and it has been translated into nine languages. Another novel for adults, Magpie Hall
, was published in New Zealand in November 2009 to critical acclaim.
Rachael King’s first novel for children was released in 2012. Red Rocks
tells the story of Jake, who finds a sealskin and takes it home and hides it under his bed, unleashing an ancient spell that threatens to destroy his family. A retelling of the Celtic selkie myth, the idea came to Rachael as she walked her first baby son around Wellington’s wild south coast and thought it a place where magic could happen. Rachael now lives in Christchurch with her husband and two young sons.
- Magpie Hall (Random House 2009).
- The Sound of Butterflies (Random House 2006).
- Red Rocks (Random House 2012).
- Lilian Ida Smith Award 2005/2006.
- Hubert Church Award 2007 for Best First Book of Fiction, Montana Book Awards for The Sound of Butterflies.
- Ursula Bethell Residency 2008 in Creative Writing (Canterbury University).
- Long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin award 2010.