Over the past 20 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living selling touch lamps, working as a nanny, a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a newspaper columnist and a secret shopper (once).
Rebecca’s first novel, The Girl Most Likely, was published in 2003, garnered universally rave reviews and is currently in development as a feature film. Her second novel, The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay was published in 2006 and debuted as a stage play at La Boite in 2007. Her third novel Joel & Cat Set The Story Straight was co-written with Nick Earls and published in July 2007. Her fourth book Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school) was released in March 2010. In September 2013, Bec released Find Your Feet: the 8 things I wish I’d known before I left high school.
In August 2014, Bec and her good friend Mia Freedom published Never Forgotten: Stories of love, loss and healing about miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Mamamia readers and writers joined together to contribute their stories to this book, compiled by Bec and Mia and edited by Paula Ellery. The book is available as an E-book download or in print form [click here to order]. All the proceeds are going towards charities who help families who have suffered this very common yet widely misunderstood type of loss.
From 2004 to 2012, Rebecca was a News Limited columnist writing for the Sunday Mail in Queensland and South Australia. Currently she is a columnist at Mamamia (www.mamamia.com.au). In her spare time, Bec is an Ambassador for The Pyjama Foundation which sends “reading angels” into the homes of foster children, GIVIT an organisation that acts as a matchmaking service between charities and people who have goods to donate and Netball Queensland (go the Firebirds!). Rebecca graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Communication) in 1993. She lives in Brisbane with her husband Brad, her children Ava, Fin and Quincy and her dog, Chewie. You can email Bec via bec at rebeccasparrow.com