Rachel Nightingale won the Mercury Short Story competition (junior section) at the age of 16. She now holds a Masters degree and PhD in Creative Writing. Her short stories have been selected several times for exhibition as part of the Cancer Council Arts awards.
One of her plays, No Sequel, won the People’s Choice Award and First Prize at the Eltham Little Theatre’s 10 Minute Play competition in 2014 whilst another, Crime Fiction, was performed at Short and Sweet Manila and Sydney in 2016/17. Her second passion after writing is the theatre. She co-wrote and performed in the 2012-2015 version of the hugely popular Murder on the Puffing Billy Express.
The first book in her Tarya fantasy trilogy, which begins with Harlequin’s Riddle, was released in 2017. and she is launching the second, Columbine's Tale, at BWF2018.