About Meadow Rue Merrill
Meadow Rue Merrill grew up on an Oregon farm where she and her brother, Sunny Day, 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 her teachers plopped her in front of a machine that scrolled through pages of text to make her read faster. Hmph! That summer, Meadow’s mom, Lucy, wisely gave her a copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After exploring the English countryside with a magical boy named Dickon, Meadow was hooked on books!
In middle school, Meadow and her family moved to Maine. For awhile, life was nearly normal. Then her mom whisked the family off to Darwin, Australia, where Meadow shared her room with baseball-sized spiders and hordes of flying cockroaches. She also met a real-life 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 endured high school, enrolled in one year of Bible college, and transferred to Gordon College where she graduated with a degree in English. Two weeks later, she married her high school sweetheart, Dana, and went to work as a reporter for The Times Record, Maine’s smallest daily newspaper, where she won first-place in feature writing from The Maine Press Association. Three years later, after welcoming her first child, Meadow resigned from the paper to write from home.
As a journalist, Meadow corresponded for The Boston Globe, wrote parenting essays for The New York Times and frequently contributed to The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Portland Press Herald, and Down East magazine, where she served as a contributing editor–all while raising six children. She also co-wrote a Maine travel book and a history of The Harvard School of Dental Medicine, while staying up late and getting up early to work on her own stories. Her inspirational adoption memoir, Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores (Hendrickson Publishers), won a 2018 Christopher Award for “shining a light in the darkness” and the 2018 Maine Literary Award for memoir. That same year, RoseKidz published The Christmas Cradle, the first book in Meadow’s five-part Lantern Hill Farm children’s picture-book series, shining the light of Jesus on the holidays. The Backward Easter Egg Hunt, The Best Birthday, The Lantern Hill Light Parade, and The Thanksgiving Blessing are scheduled to release in 2019. Meadow also writes a weekly inspirational column, Faith Notes, which appears on her website and reaches 25,000 readers every Friday in The Times Record.
But Meadow’s highest prize is spending time with her family. When not at her desk or teaching writing at her children’s school, Meadow can be found reading, keeping an eye on her chickens and learning how to garden beside a little house in the big woods of midcoast Maine. Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.