Headshot of R.J. Anderson, Oct 2015 - Photo by Mindy Gough

R. J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a Canadian author of contemporary fantasy and science fiction for older children and teens.

Her debut novel Knife, which has sold more than 50,000 copies in the UK, was a Canadian Library Association (CLA) Honour Book and won the Concorde Book Award in the UK, while her teen thriller Ultraviolet was shortlisted for both the Sunburst Award in Canada and the prestigious Andre Norton (Nebula) award in the US. Her latest series is a duo of magical middle grade mysteries which began in 2015 with the CLA Top Ten and Silver Birch Award-nominated A Pocket Full of Murder, and wrapped up with A Little Taste of Poison (also a CLA Top Ten pick) in Sept. 2016.

Rebecca is a member of CANSCAIP and the Writers’ Union of Canada.


Born in Kampala, Uganda and raised in various parts of Ontario, Rebecca has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely.

As a child she immersed herself in fairy tales, mythology, and the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit; later she found inspiration in books by Ursula LeGuin, Patricia A. McKillip and Robin McKinley, and learned to take as much pleasure from the authors’ lyrical style as the stories they told.

Now married and a mother of three, Rebecca reads to her sons the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and tries to bring a similar excitement and timeless wonder to the novels she writes for children and teens. She lives in the beautiful theatre town of Stratford, Ontario.


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