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 dolls, model horses and classmates. 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 paper to make her read faster. Hmph! That summer, her clever mom, Lucy, 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 flying cockroaches. She also met a boy who climbed trees and caught possums. Magic! After hightailing it back to Maine, Meadow endured high school, enrolled in one year of Bible college, and graduated with an English degree from Gordon College. Two weeks later, she married Dana, her high school sweetheart, 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 for twenty-five years, Meadow corresponded for The Boston Globe, wrote parenting essays for The New York Times and 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. Her inspirational adoption memoir, Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores, won a 2018 Christopher Award and the 2018 Maine Literary Award for memoir. But her true love has always been writing for children. So she was delighted to publish the Lantern Hill Farm, five-part children’s picture book series celebrating the holidays, including: The Christmas Cradle, The Backward Easter Egg Hunt, The Best Birthday, The Lantern Hill Light Parade, and The Thanksgiving Blessing.
But Meadow’s highest prize is spending time with her family. When not at her desk or teaching English 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.