Rebecca Fjelland Davis is a novelist and YA and children’s book author who lives in Minnesota. Becky is a serious cyclist and loves to write about her passions: bicycling, dogs, farms, family, and friendship.
She grew up on a farm outside of Huxley, Iowa, where she rode horses a lot. Becky thinks that love transferred to riding bikes. In the last few years, she hasn’t raced much, but she rides a few thousand miles a year, avidly follows racing, and loves to write about it. As far as we know, CHASING ALLIECAT is the only novel with a competitive female cyclist as the main character!
Becky is currently an instuctor at South Central College in Mankato, where she teaches Composition, Literature and Film (including Children’s Lit), and Humanities. She graduated from Waldorf College, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Cloud State University, and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Becky currently lives in the country near Mankato, Minnesota, where she writes, rides her bike, has bonfires with her friends, plants and weeds an ambitious garden with her husband, feeds the birds and deer, and walks her Newfoundland Freya in the woods.
Bikes and Dogs
“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.”
—Chip Brown, “A Bike and a Prayer”
Becky, her Newfoundland Freya, and her LeMond road bike
The late great Snickers Bar
Becky’s love for dogs and for biking show up frequently in her fiction:
- In Slider’s Son, Grant O’Grady and his friend Frank get into plenty of trouble riding a bike.
- PeaPod and Siren are Sadie’s and Allie’s dogs in Chasing AllieCat, Becky’s young adult novel about a trio of Midwest mountain bikers.
- Norton is a middle-grade chapter book about a special dog, and the special boy who loves him.
- Woof and Wag: Bringing Home a Dog is one of Becky’s children’s book from Picture Window Books.
Becky was two-time women’s champion at the National 24-Hour Challenge, a bike race outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She set an age-group record for women 40-44, going 391 miles in 24 hours. Becky hasn’t raced lately, but she still rides her LeMond road bike literally thousands of miles a year.
Dogs and bikes–two things near and dear to Becky’s heart, so they are often front and center in her stories.