Rebecca Beattie


Rebecca Beattie grew up on Dartmoor, which has had a profound effect on her writing and other creative interests. Her first novel "The Lychway" is set on Dartmoor and is interwoven with the folklore and the landscape of that sacred place.
Her second novel, "Somewhere She is There" follows the journey of a woman learning to deal with the grief of losing her mother to cancer, while her third book, "The Softness of Water" is a selection of short stories and fairy tales based on the wisdom of the Tao te Ching.

Rebecca is writing a 'work in progress' series on nature mystic writers for Moon Books - and also keeps a blog at

Rebecca lives in London and is currently researching Mary Webb for a PHD in English Literature.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the high moor on Dartmoor, which is a very remote part of England. It is famous for its very bleak prison, its mists, and it is most famously captured in books like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. It is very atmospheric, and very beautiful. Although I moved away from there when I was a young adult to go to University, Dartmoor always stays with me. As my granddad once told me, 'Dartmoor gets in your blood'. This means it is there in everything I write.
My first two novels, 'The Lychway' and 'Somewhere She is There' are both partly set on Dartmooor.
When did you first start writing?
As a child. Living where we did, you had to make your own entertainment. I spent most of my time walking on the moors, watching old Hollywood films, and writing. I have always been a journal writer, and then when I reached my late twenties, I started to write fiction.
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Where to find Rebecca Beattie online


The Softness of Water
Price: $4.48 USD. Words: 40,750. Language: British English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A collection of short stories and fairy tales for the young and the young at heart based on the wisdom of the Tao te Ching.
The Lychway
Price: $4.48 USD. Words: 51,910. Language: British English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Switching between late eighteenth century and modern day Dartmoor, and London, the story mixes legend with reality and contains many elements of folklore. The two main characters must try to find their way through the tragic circumstances of grief and personal loss, and ultimately life itself.
Somewhere She Is There
Price: $4.48 USD. Words: 60,450. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A novel of life, death, grief and life after death. When Charlotte loses her mother to cancer, her whole world falls apart so she begins to write letters to her. Margaret may be gone, but she is never far away from Charlotte. She tells her side of the story, in the hope that Charlotte will learn to hear the truth of what has happened, and slowly the tale of both women starts to unfold.

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