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 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.
In middle school, Meadow and her family moved to Maine. For awhile, life was nearly normal. Then Lucy, an artist, whisked the family off to Darwin, Australia to illustrate books for Aboriginal readers. While there, Meadow shared her room with baseball-sized spiders and clouds of flying cockroaches. She also met a 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 went on to graduate from Gordon College with a degree 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. After welcoming her first child three years later, she resigned to work from home.
In the following two decades, Meadow covered backyard boat builders, Maine homes and gardens, and local news for regional and national publications while writing books for children and adults. Her inspirational memoir, Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores, released with Hendrickson Publishers in 2017. A forthcoming children’s book series on sharing the light of Christ through the holidays comes out in September 2018 with RoseKidz.
Meadow has been published in 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 served as a contributing editor. She also writes a weekly column, Faith Notes, which appears on her website and in print every Friday in The Times Record. Meadow has won first-place in feature writing from The Maine Press Association and been honored with a Sword of Hope Award from the American Cancer Society. She was also nominated for a Casey Award in Meritorious Journalism. But Meadow’s highest prize is spending time with her family–which includes five children, ranging from preschool to college–and sharing her faith.
When not at her desk, Meadow can be found trying out old recipes, talking to her chickens, and weeding the garden beside a little house in the big woods of midcoast Maine. Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.