About Meadow Rue Merrill
Meadow Rue Merrill grew up on an Oregon farm where she and her brother, Sunny, roamed the fields, built hay forts, and rode their ponies under the towering Douglas firs. For entertainment, she invented stories about her life as a Native American princess. Real life wasn’t nearly as interesting. Neither was school.
By fourth grade, Meadow was so far behind that she was forced to sit in front of a machine to make her read faster. That summer, her mom, Lucy, gave her The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After exploring the English countryside with a magical boy named Dickon, Meadow was hooked on books.
After moving to Maine during middle school, Meadow’s life was nearly normal. Then Lucy whisked the family off to Darwin, Australia where Meadow shared her room with baseball-sized spiders and clouds of giant cockroaches. She also met a real magical boy who climbed trees and caught possums, the inspiration for her middle-grade novel, The Possum Catcher.
After hightailing it back to Maine, Meadow survived high school, enrolled in one year of Bible college, and graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., with a B.A. in English. Two weeks later, she married her high school sweetheart, Dana, and returned to Maine as a reporter for the state’s smallest daily newspaper, The Times Record.
In the two decades since, Meadow has written about everything from back-yard boat builders and Maine homes and gardens to personal essays all while pursuing her lifelong dream of writing books for children and adults. Her articles have been widely published in regional and national publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Family Circle, Fit Pregnancy, the Portland Press herald, and Down East magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She also writes a weekly blog, “Faith Notes,” found in The Times Record every Friday.
The Maine Press Association has recognized Meadow with two writing awards, including first-place in feature writing; and she was honored with a Sword of Hope Award from the American Cancer Society for a Boston Globe story on Maine pilots helping patients with cancer. She was also nominated for a Casey Award in Meritorious Journalism for a cover story in The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine about her daughter Ruth. Her memoir, “Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores,” releases with Hendrickson Publishers in May 2017 .
But Meadow’s highest prize is her family and her faith. When not at her desk, Meadow enjoys early morning walks, pretending to be a farmer, and sharing what God is doing in her everyday life in a little house in the big woods of Mid-coast Maine.