Rebecca Wells is an American playwright and author. She is best known for her Ya-Ya series of novels. Wells was born in Central Louisiana and grew up on a working plantation where her family has lived since 1795. In 1982, she went to Seattle, Washington to work with a performing arts group. She loved it there so much that she decided to stay. She currently lives on an island near Seattle. Since the late 1990s, Wells has suffered from severe neurological Lyme disease, an experience chronicled on her website and in an interview with CTV about the writing of her novel Ya-Yas in Bloom (2005).
Her current works are set in Louisiana. Although the protagonist of Divine Secrets is a play director, like her, Wells says, "My work is a result of my imagination dancing a kind of psycho-spiritual tango with my own history, and the final harvest is fiction, not memoir."
Her first novel, sometimes referred to as a collection of short stories, was Little Altars Everywhere. This volume introduced the Walker family. It won the Western States Book Award and became a New York Times bestseller.
Her second novel, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, continued and expanded the mythos surrounding the Walker clan. It also developed the other Ya-Yas, best friends of Vivi Walker. It became a number one New York Times bestseller and was made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock in 2002. It won the 1999 Adult Trade ABBY Award and Ya-Ya clubs came into existence worldwide.
Her third novel, another Divine Secrets prequel Ya-Yas in Bloom with more information about the early lives of the Ya-Ya Sisters, also became a New York Times bestseller.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder introduced a wholly new set of characters and Louisiana settings.