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Rebecca Anne Nguyen is a writer, playwright, and co-author of the award-winning memoir, Where War Ends. The 23rd Hero is her first novel.
Rebecca Anne Nguyen (she/her/hers) is a Milwaukee-based writer, playwright, and co-author of the award-winning memoir, Where War Ends. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Insider, Slackjaw, Defenestration, Wintermute Lit, and Military Times, among others. The 23rd Hero is her first novel.
Rebecca Anne Nguyen (she/her/hers) is the author (with Tom Voss) of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal , a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Silver Award winner for Autobiography & Memoir. Rebecca’s fiction has appeared in Defenestration, Wintermute Lit, and Write Launch, and her humor has been published on Slackjaw, Points in Case, and Frazzled. Rebecca’s nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Insider, Mramamia, Coffeelicious, Indeed Design, and in the Military Times. Her stage play Hypotheticals was the 2023 winner of the Epiphanies New Works festival. The 23rd Hero is her first novel.
Rebecca Anne Nguyen (she/her/hers) is the author (with Tom Voss) of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal , a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Silver Award winner for Autobiography & Memoir. Rebecca’s fiction has appeared in Defenestration, Wintermute Lit, and Write Launch, and her humor has been published on Slackjaw, Points in Case, and Frazzled. Rebecca’s nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, Insider, Mamamia, Coffeelicious, Indeed Design, and in the Military Times. Her stage play Hypotheticals was the 2023 winner of the Epiphanies New Works festival. The 23rd Hero is her first novel.
Rebecca is a playwright whose short plays and one acts have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. Staged readings of her first full-length play, Hypotheticals, have been produced as part of World Premiere Wisconsin, Cincinnati LAB New Works Festival, and Epiphanies New Works Festival in Waco, TX, where her play was the 2023 festival winner. Hypotheticals will receive its world premiere production at Kith & Kin Theatre Collective in Milwaukee, WI in April 2024. It will also be produced as a regional premiere at Wild Imaginings Theatre in Waco in November 2024.
Rebecca is a conference speaker and workshop leader. She has given talks and led breakout sessions at Confab, the world's largest content strategy conference, as well as Digital Summit Chicago, Digital Summit Kansas City, Indeed, LPL Financial, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
When she’s not writing fiction, Rebecca is a UX Content Designer who helps companies and brands improve their digital experiences with words. She works with Generative AI, such as Large Language Models, to help prevent toxic content from harming users and companies.
Born and raised just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rebecca has called many cities home, including Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Syracuse, and Charlotte, as well as Chiang Mai, Thailand and Hoi An, Viet Nam. Her favorite city in the world is Vancouver, B.C., which is where her novel, The 23rd Hero, begins. Rebecca is Mom to Patrick and Aden, Cat Mom to Prema, and Plant Mom to a growing collection of houseplants.
Author name: Rebecca Anne Nguyen | Photo credit: @refinerymke
Adult science fiction, women's fiction, climate fiction, time travel romance, cross-genre
An ordinary woman with an extraordinary memory is chosen as the world's first female time traveler and sent to the sixteenth century on a mission to save the world from environmental apocalypse.
On the verge of being forced to live in an underground bunker due to climate crisis, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary memory is recruited for a time travel program to stop environmental disasters before they happen. But when she falls in love with the program's mysterious founder, she must learn to believe in herself and her abilities before she's sent to sixteenth century France with no way to save the world or return to the man she loves.
August 13, 2024
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Where to buy: Amazon or ask your local indie bookstore or library to order it!
Book awards & honors & lists
Blurbs by other authors
“A love story that transcends time with a hero the reader will never forget. This compulsively-readable debut will transport you from a dystopian future to the idyll of 16th century France, all on the wings of a love story for the ages. Nguyen’s razor-sharp humor, gorgeous prose, and lush world building had me turning the pages late into the night. A writer to watch.”
— Jessica Pearce Rotondi, author of WHAT WE INHERIT: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers
"Rebecca Nguyen’s novel THE 23RD HERO is a breathtakingly original and gripping story of one apparently ordinary woman’s struggle to reverse climate change by revisiting the errors of history. Seamlessly bringing together modern Vancouver and 16th Century France, Nguyen weaves a beautiful and compelling narrative that is ultimately about our universal search for identity and connection—even across the centuries. I stayed up late reading, utterly captivated by this surprising and magical combination of dystopian science fiction, call to environmental action, and passionate love story. A fabulous debut!"
— Melodie Winawer, critically acclaimed author of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA and ANTICIPATION
Book review quotes
"A love story that transcends time. The beating heart of the book is the love story between Sloane and Bastian, a man who exists only as a dream until he steps into her life and reveals his true identity. Their chemistry leaps off the page, and the heroine's humor and grit had me laughing and biting my nails to see what happened next! The lush settings of a dystopian future and idyllic French countryside were transporting (let's just say I want a treehouse now). I could not put this down. A brilliant debut from a writer to watch."
— Jessica Pearce Rotondi, author of WHAT WE INHERIT: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers, via Goodreads
How to be your own literary agent, from getting yourself a traditional publishing deal to negotiating your contract
No literary agent? No problem! Rebecca shares how she negotiated her own book deal directly with the publisher and offers resources for writers to feel confident becoming their own agent.
Culture shock: Transitioning from nonfiction to fiction
Writing the (truly) flawed heroine: How feminine power plays out on the page
One-sheet (Coming soon)
For event hosts
Book club guide