About Meadow Rue Merrill
Meadow Rue Merrill grew up on an Oregon farm where she roamed the fields, built hay forts and rode her pony under the towering Douglas firs. For entertainment, she invented stories. Real life wasn’t nearly as interesting. Neither was school.
By fourth grade, Meadow was so far behind in reading that her teachers sat her in front of a machine that scrolled through paper to make her read faster. To the rescue came her clever mom, Lucy, who gave her The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After exploring an English estate with Mary Lennox and a magical boy named Dickon, Meadow was hooked on books!
When she was in sixth grade, Meadow’s family moved to Maine. For four years, her life was nearly normal. Then Lucy whisked Meadow and her brother, Sunny, off to Darwin, Australia, where she shared her room with baseball-sized spiders and clouds of flying cockroaches. After hightailing it back to Maine, Meadow endured high school, enrolled in one year of Bible college, and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Gordon College. Two weeks later, she married Dana, her high school sweetheart, and went to work as a reporter for Maine’s smallest daily newspaper, The Times Record, where she won first-place in feature writing from The Maine Press Association. Three years later, Meadow resigned from the paper to welcome her first child and write from home.
As a freelance journalist, Meadow corresponded for The Boston Globe, wrote parenting essays for The New York Times and contributed to Family Circle, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, the Portland Press Herald, and Down East magazine, where she served as a contributing editor–all while raising six children. She also co-authored the travel book The Insider’s Guide to Maine’s Southern Coast and Lasting Impressions, a 150-year history of The Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In 2018, her inspirational memoir, Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores, won a Christopher Award and the Maine Literary Award for memoir. But Meadow’s true passion has always been writing for children, a career she has nurtured by attending workshops held by SCBWI, the Highlights Foundation and the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. Her five-part Lantern Hill Farm children’s picture book series includes: The Christmas Cradle, The Backward Easter Egg Hunt, The Best Birthday, The Lantern Hill Light Parade, and The Thanksgiving Blessing.
When not writing, Meadow teaches 7th-10th grade English Language Arts at a small, Christian school and is completing an M.Ed. in Literacy at the University of Maine. She can also be found curled up on the couch watching Masterpiece, shooing her chickens off the front porch and digging gardens beside a little house in the big woods of Mid-coast Maine, where she lives with her family and a much loved (but very naughty) rescue dog named Fable. Her blog, Faith Notes, appears twice each month online and in several Maine newspapers. You can also catch her on Facebook and Twitter.