Physician~Author Rebecca Kightlinger
Rebecca Kightlinger has delivered some of the prettiest babies you've ever seen.
In her twenty years of medical practice as an obstetrician gynecologist, first in private practice and then on the clinical faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, she had the privilege of caring for the women of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Thanks to Remote Area Medical, she also had the honor of serving the Amerindian women of Guyana.
While at UVA, she and her colleagues published research papers and patient education articles while also contributing chapters to publications such as Our Bodies, Ourselves. But in 2010 her path suddenly changed. When her right wrist was crushed, leaving her unable to practice medicine with the requisite skill and safety, her medical career came to an abrupt, premature end.
A lifetime Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and a total research geek, she began to study ancient medicine, medieval midwifery, and the manuscripts and arts of the mystical healer.
Having had the good fortune of growing up with a mother and great-grandmother who filled her head with fairy tales and Arthurian legends, she decided to pursue fiction writing as a new profession and in 2014 earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program.
She now has the pleasure of studying every day and spinning tales for readers who enjoy well-researched mystical fiction set in medieval Cornwall.
She visits Cornwall as she writes each book of the award-winning Bury Down series. She and her husband and their wonderful family of dogs, cats, and chickens live a quiet life in Pennsylvania, where she is now at work on Book Three of The Bury Down Chronicles.
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