Rebecca Tingle was born in Utah as the oldest child in a large family - three boys and five girls. She grew up reading armfuls of novels from the Orem Public Library, riding horses, acquiring as many pets as her parents would allow (three dogs, three cats, two budgies, a hermit crab, and various reptiles and amphibians), hiking the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains with her brothers, and training in classical ballet.
Upon graduating from high school, she began a short professional ballet career with Ballet West and also pursued a B.A. in English at the University of Utah. After earning an M.A. in English with a medieval specialization at Brigham Young University, she went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar to study Old English literature.
Tingle returned home to Utah having written the first few chapters of a novel about Aetheflaed of Mercia. She worked for a year as a member of the Brigham Young University Admissions Committee before marrying Bryce Tingle, a Canadian lawyer, and moving to Calgary, Alberta. There she finished her novel, The Edge on the Sword, and began a second book. Rebecca and Bryce are the parents of two daughters, Miranda and Afton.
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