Hello, and thanks for stopping by.

I’m a writer currently based in Pittsburgh, but originally from the Pacific NW. Right now, I’m working on two historical novels. The first, set in 1832, follows a Hungarian Baroness turned spy through the palaces of Vienna and Hungary’s rural landscape as she works to free her country from Austria’s rule. The second, set in 1649, in a small mountain village on the Czech/Poland border tests the loyalty and faith of the villagers when one of their own is accused of witchcraft.

I have a thing for Eastern Europe. Is it my Eastern genetics or my serious love of Eszterházy torte? Only time will tell. My work involves history, travel, and a lot of research. Thanks for stopping by and hanging out.

Professional Bio

Kelly Chastain is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on fiction writing. Her work has appeared in The Burrow Press Review, The Citron Review, Cactus Heart Press, Silk Road Review, and has work anthologized in Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing Volume 10, and a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015, among others. Currently, she blogs at kellychastain.com and is working on a historical novel.