LiteraryCO Spotlight: Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University, but it wasn’t until ten years and two daughters later that she started to write it. Inspired by her past students, growing up in Cleveland with its fabulous musical theater community, and music of all kinds (particularly the Avett Brothers), she created PLAYING NICE. It is her first published novel (In This Together Media, January 2013), but having an unbridled imagination, it’s not the only fantasy world she’s lived in, just ask her husband. ASPEN, her second YA creation, is set to release in January 2014. She now lives in Golden, Colorado, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read that book in college (2001) and fell in love with YA literature. It’s complex, funny, honest, and beautiful. It’s everything I want to create in a story.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)
I heard once that authors get live life more than once. That’s what I love; creating characters who become a part of who I am, their experiences and perspectives.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?
The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is my TOTAL guilty pleasure. I gobble up those books!

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?
John Green inspires me. His stories are unique, non-formulaic, and smart. He doesn’t conform to trends or popular ideas to sell books. He writes beautiful, complex stories about teenagers for teenagers. And Jane Austen. She’s the goddess of wit and word.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)
Twitter. Gah! It’s totally addictive. I. LOVE. IT.

What is next on your reading list?
I have the wonderful opportunity to preview manuscripts before they become books. I have 3 currently waiting to be read- 2 New Adult books and 1 YA. Getting a sneak peak of books and helping develop other writers is definitely a perk of the job!


  1. I still need to see the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie… hurry up library!!

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