Rebecca Kightlinger is an award-winning novelist who writes mystical historical fiction set in medieval Cornwall. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program.
From 1987 to 2010, she practiced medicine as an obstetrician/gynecologist and was privileged to serve the women of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Guyana. She taught on the clinical faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she was honored to work alongside leaders in her field and contribute to peer-reviewed research on menopause and cervical cancer. But in 2010, an injury curtailed her medical career prematurely.
When it was clear that her life had irrevocably changed, she turned to another love: fiction writing.
She earned her MFA in 2014 and began the first novel in The Bury Down Chronicles series centered on a family of mystical women healers and seers in medieval Cornwall and the rocky path of a young girl destined to wield power over life and death.
Megge of Bury Down was first published by Zumaya Publications. An enhanced version was published by Rowan Moon in 2021, followed by Book Two, The Lady of the Cliffs. Both have gone on to win awards for best paranormal fiction and historical fiction. In addition, Megge of Bury Down was awarded first prize for cover design, best first book, and best audiobook.
Kightlinger carries out on-site research in Cornwall as she writes each book of the award-winning Bury Down series. She and her husband and their family of dogs, cats, and chickens live a quiet life in the US, where she is now at work on Book Three of The Bury Down Chronicles.
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