Short and Sweet Bio for Meg:
Meg Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in 5th grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year. Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the ‘90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over 100 articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She has won contests with her short stories and poetry, along with multiple awards for her best-selling “Cats in the Mirror” alien rescue cat children’s book series. At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is her first adult novel, but it won’t be her last. Meg also works as an editor for Pen-L Publishing and gives talks around her area about writing, publishing, and editing.
Meg and her family live in Northwest Arkansas.
Detailed Bio on Meg:
Meg Welch Dendler is a best-selling, award-winning author and a former teacher who celebrated publishing her first book, Why Kimba Saved The World, on February 23, 2013. This story is based on her true-life crazy cat and the other cats in her home…and the idea that they are all really part of an alien race from another planet. In October of 2013, Why Kimba Saved The World was honored with a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award as “Best First Book — Chapter Book,” Bronze Medal. Both Why Kimba Saved The World and the sequel, Vacation Hiro, were honored with Silver Mom’s Choice Awards for excellence in products for children in February of 2014. Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess won Best Juvenile Book of 2018 from the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation.
Books in the Cats in the Mirror Series:
Why Kimba Saved The World, Vacation Hiro, Miss Fatty Cat’s Revenge, Slinky Steps Out, Kimba’s Christmas
and the companion books
Max’s Wild Night and Dottie’s Daring Day
Meg also published a very different book, At The Corner of Magnetic and Main, in September of 2015 through Pen-L Publishing. Set where she lived in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, this story follows several people no-longer living on this plane of existence but still stuck here (aka, ghosts) as they figure out what is holding them here and what is next in their lives. “It’s hard to get on with your life when you’re already dead.”
For over 10 years, Meg worked as a freelance writer, including a year as a columnist for www.religionandspirituality.com, where she wrote movie commentaries and interviews. She has had over 100 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and on web sites and has had the chance to interview Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kirk Douglas, as well as Anita Roddick and the Archbishop of Cape Town. She is a huge movie fan and prefers watching a new movie over most of what is on television.
Meg is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation (OWFI). She is also an editor for Pen-L Publishing, handling new books each month, and works with independent and self-publishing authors to polish and perfect their manuscripts for publication.
A Texas native, Meg grew up in the mid-west area of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and then moved to the Metro Detroit suburbs when she was 13. She earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at Eastern Michigan University and returned to school there to earn her teaching certification and master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After decades in Michigan, she and her family moved to Houston, Texas, in 2005. Making a total life and career change, in 2012 they bought seven acres of Ozark Mountain paradise, opened a rental guesthouse business, and focused on allowing Meg time to write and publish. They have since sold that business but she still enjoys living in Arkansas.
A supporter of Character Education, Meg served as a teacher and community trainer for CHARACTER COUNTS! and has spoken about the integration of literature in character education programs at MiAEYC conferences and for the Arkansas Association of School Librarians. A trained and experienced public speaker, Meg routinely gives talks and conducts workshops for writers and groups in her area.
Meg would love to visit your school or bookstore to share her books, have a read-aloud session, and promote reading and literacy for elementary school children.
Call Serenity Mountain Publishing at 832-922-3294 to chat or send Meg an email at megwelchdendler @ gmail.com.