She's proud of the fact that she's a bit of a mongrel, with English, Scottish, Irish and American blood. Her father was an aristocrat, her mother working class, which Rebecca thinks makes her well and truly middle-class, but with a difference!
Lazy at school, she was happily surprised to find that she'd passed five of the six O levels she sat, but deciding to take a year out went to secretarial college. Her plan had been to go back to study for her A levels after that, her hope was to go to University to read English one day. But with her first job and pay packet dreams were put on hold as she seized the chance to be independent.
After various jobs she finally stumbled into a career with the BBC. Temping in Bristol at the time, the agency called to offer her two weeks as a copy-taker in the newsroom of Points West, the regional news programme. Two weeks turned into two months and she was soon offered a contract. Ten years later, as much as she loved her job as a Production Assistant with Television Features, where she had worked on quality documentaries, she left, with the intention of returning in a year or two.
During her time with the BBC she could often be seen sitting outside the canteen at lunch time with a pad and pen writing her novel. As her parents had moved to France, she decided to take some time out to concentrate on writing. Having finished her first novel, she has carried on writing, although the process has been rather sporadic as she's juggled becoming a single mother at 35 with other life changing events.
Rebecca is currently working on two contemporaries, storing up other ideas and researching an historical trilogy she would like to tackle in the future.