West, Ella (Karen Trebilcock)

West, Ella (Karen Trebilcock)

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residence
Otago

In Brief

Ella West is the pseudonym of Karen Trebilcock, a writer of young adult fiction. Her first book, Thieves (2006) it is a thriller that revolves around Nicky, a girl who is taken by a sinister group called The Project. Anywhere but Here (2008) and Real Life (2009) are sequels to Thieves. West was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary in 2006. Her latest Young Adult novel, Night Vision (2014) won the Young Adult section of the LIANZA Awards and was the Young Adult Children’s Choice winner in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She participates in the Writers in Schools programme and is available to lead Professional Development sessions for teachers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

West, Ella (1967- ) writes novels for young adults. Ella West is the pseudonym for Karen Trebilcock.

Her first book, Thieves (Longacre Press, 2006), is a thriller that revolves around Nicky, a girl who is taken by a sinister group called The Project. Thieves was a finalist in the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and was listed as a 2007 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Book. Reviewing Thieves for Magpies, Trevor Agnew called it ‘the best teenage science fiction novel I have read this century', while in the Otago Daily Times, award-winning young adult writer Tania Roxborough declared it an ‘action-packed adventure' which she ‘couldn't put down'.

West was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary in 2006.

Anywhere but Here (2008) is the sequel to Thieves. The novel was a finalist in the SFFANZ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2009. The third book in the series, Real Life (2009), was intended to be the final book in the trilogy, however, following requests from readers, West is writing a fourth book called Finder Seeker. Chapters of the book can be found on her blog.

In 2014, West's novel Night Vision (Allen and Unwin) was released. The book, which follows the dark story of a girl who witnesses a murder on a Canterbury sheep farm, won the Young Adult Fiction Award at the 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Awards, and also won the YA Children's Choice Award at the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Her latest book Rain Fall (due to be published in January 2018 by Allen & Unwin), is a young adult thriller about a girl and her horse caught up in a murder investigation on the wild West Coast of New Zealand.

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Updated April 2016.