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, one set in Austria and Hungary and the other in Poland. I have a thing for Eastern Europe and I’m not sure why. Is it my Eastern genetics or my serious love of Eszterházy torte?

My work involves history, travel, and a lot of research. I love to nerd out on old stuff and get creative with it. Friends have told me that writing historical fiction is too much rocket science. Nah. Everyone can do it, and I can show you how.






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.