Meg Rice Wilson is author of the ABNA semifinalist, Mourning Dove (2013), which finished in the top 50 of 5,000 novels. Publishers Weekly wrote:
“A story of star-crossed love, grief, and redemption, [Mourning Dove] begins as six-year old Michael Young Jr. is accidentally shot and killed by a hunter while playing in his back yard. The hunter, Norton Coster, will spend the rest of his life working to make amends, and, 13 years later, when Norton returns to Maine, his 19-year-old son, Evan, meets Gracie, the 18-year-old sister of slain Michael. Neither one recognizes the other, and by the time they know of each other’s background they don’t want to give up on their relationship. It’s remarkably well handled—the story of young love, the depth of a parent’s grief and depression, and the terrible guilt of having killed a child, all of which comes to a head when the families realize what’s going on with Gracie and Evan. The story is well-written, the characters are clearly defined, and the targeted audience will be engaged from page one. It will provide conversation and introspection and, if the reader is a parent, the need to give your child a hug."
In addition to Mourning Dove, Meg Wilson has published a young-adult novel, Crappy New Year (2012), and is currently working on her first nonfiction project: Wander Women: What Ten Thru-Hikers Taught One Angel about Pleasure, Pain, and Pink-Blazing, which chronicles the adventures and misadventures of ten women that Wilson tracked via automobile while they backpacked from Maine to Georgia. Wander Women will be released in 2014.
Born into a huge blended family in Boston and raised in Maine, Meg Wilson now resides in North Yarmouth with her own blended family. She earned a BA in English from the University of Maine and is a former secondary-school teacher and marketing professional.