Meg Mims is an award-winning author and artist. She writes blended genres – historical, western, adventure, romance, suspense and mystery. Her first book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers of America and was named a Finalist in the Best Books of 2012 from USA Book News for Fiction: Western. Double or Nothing is the sequel. Meg has also written two contemporary romance novellas, The Key to Love and Santa Paws — which reached the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list.
Her short story ‘Seafire‘ is included in the charity anthology Hazard Yet Forward to benefit a fellow writer battling breast cancer. She earned an M.A. from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program in 2010 and is a member of RWA, WWA, Women Writing the West, Western Fictioneers and Sisters in Crime. Born and raised in Michigan, Meg lives with her husband, a “Make My Day” white Malti-poo and a rescue Lhasa Apso, plus a drooling black cat. Her artistic work is in watercolor, acrylic and pen/ink media.
Meg shares THREE things you might not know…
” …. I love classic movies with actors/actresses like Cary Grant (North by Northwest, Notorious, Operation Petticoat, Father Goose, etc.), Katharine Hepburn (Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, The Lion in Winter, and most films with Spencer Tracy too), Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, Sabrina), John Wayne (almost all his westerns, of course, including True Grit and Rooster Cogburn!), Myrna Loy (Cheaper by the Dozen, The Thin Man, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House), Gene Tierney (Laura, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir), Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk (many of their movies), plus Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (ALL of their movies)! I’m sure I’m missing some.”
” … I love cartoon strips, especially Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, Pickles, LuAnn, Zits, For Better or Worse, Sherman’s Lagoon, Rubes, The Far Side, The Argyle Sweater and the crocs in Pearls Before Swine. I’ve seen some new strips and feel sad that the artwork standards have fallen to juvenile scribbles.”
“ … I love cookies. LOOOOVE cookies!! My favorite present would be a huge box of a variety — as long as they’re crunchy and not too sweet. My favorites include shortbread, peanut butter, windmill, chocolate pixies, Spritz, Linzer, thumbprints, Russian teacakes, pecan tarts and many many others. Do I eat cookies every day? No, because once I start I can’t stop. Oh, Girl Scout Thin Mints — don’t forget those!”
Meg says she came out of the womb with a book in hand, seriously. She’d find a quiet spot and devour books as a kid, and spent hours in the local library — and one day dreamed of writing a book that would find its way on a shelf. Her Spur Award winner, Double Crossing, is on library bookshelves in a Center Point Publishing hardcover large print edition!
If it’s not in your library, ask them to consider purchasing a copy!
Meg has had various jobs over the years — pharmacy clerk, receptionist, payroll clerk, documentation librarian, folklore archivist, child care specialist (stay at home mom, in other words) and substitute elementary school teacher plus she volunteered at church, school and in various writer’s groups.
Her writing reflects a love of lighthouses, mystery, suspense, and western movies. There’s usually a touch of romance and inspiration too, because she believes in entertaining readers with a Happily For Now ending.
Meg’s mother was an artist and did lovely Impressionistic style watercolors. Meg loves working in watercolor, acrylic and pen/ink, and has painted on every surface imaginable — wood, silk or clothing, glass, ceramic, metal, shoes, and even half of a barn door. Here’s a sample of her work:
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.