I’m an aspiring young adult fantasy writer.  My first book, Taming Death, has been thoroughly critiqued, chapter by chapter, by an Austin science fiction/fantasy critique group, the Slug Tribe, as well as by a group of beta readers of various ages.  I have now begun my tireless submission to agents in hopes that by the end of the year (2017), I will have an agent with a publisher soon to follow.


Taming Death (currently unpublished)

When fourteen-year-old Livia is attacked by soldiers from a faraway city, a deadly power awakens inside her, killing everything around her—nine soldiers, the wolves who came to defend her, even the grass and trees. Livia’s heard the story of how humans broke the planet a thousand years ago, unleashing the forces of nature to wreak havoc and gifting some individuals with the power to tame the four forces: earth, air, water, and fire. This power is different. But Livia has always been different. Her adoptive parents found her in the forest as a toddler with only a large dog by her side. Animals go out of their way to help her, and she’s never been sick. As a naturally gifted healer with a heart as big as the sky, this deadly new power is the opposite of everything she is. Terrified she’ll kill again, she abandons her family and follows a young soldier across the continent to the only other person who shares her strange power—the infamously cruel and immortal President Grimmer.

Taming Death is a standalone YA fantasy novel, but is also the first volume of a planned five-book series.



Becky Breidenbach is a data analyst for a large bureaucracy by day and a writer by night. As a child, she showed incredible potential as a budding author, winning the elementary school-wide contest in kindergarten for a story about her cat, Cloudy, and going on to publish one of the only non-depressing poems she wrote in seventh grade in a national magazine, Merlyn’s Pen. However, aside from an errant creative writing class during undergrad at the University of Michigan, other more economically rewarding pursuits and a variety of time-wasting distractions kept her from her passion for writing for much too long.

She is now enthusiastically pursuing her childhood dream job again. In addition to shirking her household responsibilities to spend most of her free time writing her first book, for the past two years she has attended a bimonthly writing critique group for science fiction and fantasy writers (the Slug Tribe). In 2016 and 2017, she participated in the ArmadilloCon writer’s workshop. She is a member of the Writer’s League of Texas and attended the 2017 Agents and Editors Conference.

Becky has a master’s degree in a totally unrelated field (Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas). She is from the strip-malled suburbs of Detroit, Michigan but now lives in Austin, Texas with her spouse, a very large bed-hog dog, and three mischievous cats.