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 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 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. 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 freelance journalist, 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, a career she has nurtured through workshops run by SCBWI, the Highlights Foundation and the University of Southern Maine. Her five-part Lantern Hill Farm children’s picture book series, illustrated by Drew Krevi, reflects her faith while celebrating the holidays with fun-to-share board books and full-sized picture books, including: The Christmas Cradle, The Backward Easter Egg Hunt, The Best Birthday, The Lantern Hill Light Parade, and The Thanksgiving Blessing.
To the astonishment of her former teachers, Meadow currently teaches 7th-10th grade English and is pursuing an M.Ed. in Literacy at the University of Maine to share her love of literature and writing with students. When not teaching or dreaming up stories, she enjoys hanging out with her family, keeping an eye on her chickens and learning how to garden beside a little house in the big woods of mid-coast Maine. Adults are welcome to stay in touch through her bi-monthly blog, Faith Notes, which appears online and in The Times Record, of Brunswick, Maine. Or find her on Facebook and Twitter.