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Rebecca S. Pyne

Here Be Dragons, Dec 1, 2007 

Knockers, non-fiction, September 1, 2008

R. S. Pyne lives in rural West Wales and has a PhD in Micropalaeontology. Published work has appeared in: Scribble, Apollo's Lyre, New Cauldron, Delivered, Long Story Short,Twisted Tongue, Orphan Leaf Review, Albedo One, Coin News, Picture Postcard Monthly, Country Quest, Country Smallholder, Smallholder, Countryside Tales, Pen Cambria, SALT, Stitches, Crimson Highway, Shine, Midnight Horror, MicroHorror & FlashShots.

Get to know Rebecca...

Birthdate? October 1973

When did you start writing? From age 12, submitting to magazines from 2001 onwards; 1st novel completed 2006; 2nd novel 75% finished

When and what and where did you first get published? Various short stories and articles in school magazines 1984-91; short story in Scribble magazine, 1999. First magazine articles - Coin News & Country Quest 2003

Why do you write? It is an obsession.

Why do you write Science Fiction or Fantasy? Fantasy - I was a member of the Iron Age Celtic Society, a re-enactment society focused on British life during the 1st C BC. The majority of my fantasy is based on Irish & Welsh mythology, using first hand weapons experience to bring authenticity to battle scenes! I have a scientific background and like writing sci-fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously. I am intrigued by crypto-zoology, especially sightings explained by geological or biological explanations. The Menai Bridge sea serpent article stems from this interest.

Who is your favorite author? Favorite story? Ray Bradbury; Stephen King Sometimes they come backChattery TeethYou know They've Got a Hell of a BandRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and most of his other short stories. It was the only novel I have ever read that gave me nightmares afterwards. I also liked The Dark Half; M. R. James Casting the Runes & Oh, Whistle, andI'll Come to You, My Lad; I like Roald Dahl short stories, especially William & Mary and Lamb to the Slaughter.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I like dark pieces with a little humour; bad things happen to people every day but that doesn't mean they have to like it.

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