Rebecca Kightlinger holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is a fulltime writer and literary critic, dividing her workday between reviewing novels for the Historical Novel Society, reading fiction submissions for New England Review, and researching and writing The Bury Down Chronicles. She travels to Cornwall to carry out on-site research for each book of the Bury Down Chronicles series.
In her twenty years of medical practice as an obstetrician gynecologist, she had the privilege of caring for the women of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Guyana. A lifetime Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Association for the History of Medicine, she also studies ancient medicine, medieval midwifery, and the manuscripts and arts of the mystical healer.