Brynne McKay


Brynne McKay is a young adult author with a degree in medieval history. At eight years old she buried herself behind the sofa and drew maps of a world she called Fetlana and wrote stories about a girl named Pelata who traveled it with her cats. She hasn’t stopped writing since. She finished her first very bad novel at thirteen but didn’t give up.

Her writer mother helped her cultivate a healthy love of fantasy and historical fiction (with a smattering of science fiction), and her childhood influences included J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin McKinley, Ellis Peters, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, Timothy Zahn, Patricia C. Wrede, and Lloyd Alexander. In addition, she has been strongly influenced by travel (she has lived in Pennsylvania; California; Washington State; Oregon; Dalian, China; and Punta Gorda, Belize, and has visited an additional fourteen countries) and the experience of growing up unschooled in a large Baha’i family. She now works as an occasional columnist for the East Oregonian and as a curator at a history museum.

When not writing, Brynne enjoys reading, baking, crocheting, karate, constructing languages, studying history, Cat Stevens, and sewing (the picture above was her first effort at creating a full Regency gown). She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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