Acclaimed novelist Rebecca F. John is to join Firefly Press in a new role as Senior Editor this autumn.

Her appointment coincides with Firefly’s publication of her first novel for children, MG fantasy The Shadow Order, this September, and is part of an expansion at Welsh indie Firefly which also sees Assistant Editor Leonie Lock move to a position as Editor. Rebecca, who is author of Costa-shortlisted The Haunting of Henry Twist, has worked as an editor for a number of Wales-based publishers and also publishes two novels for adults this year, one with her own imprint, Aderyn Press.

Firefly Publisher, Penny Thomas said: ‘We are huge fans of Rebecca’s work as an author and an editor and are delighted that she is to join Firefly. She will be a wonderful addition to our small but dedicated team as we seek to publish exciting, innovative, quality fiction for children and young adults.’

Rebecca F. John, said: ‘Joining Firefly is a true honour. I have admired the work this press does from afar for a long while and, when the opportunity to work with them arose, I was poised to leap at it. Firefly does a huge amount to champion every one of their authors, while demonstrating what a small, Wales-based press can achieve, and I can’t wait to play a part in their exciting future plans.’

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