Clocks and time play a big part in any late bloomer's life. And time plays a vital part in every mystery.
Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter -- the area she chose for the setting of her new "Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear" cozy mystery series for Kensington.
She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery series; two books have been named Agatha Award finalists.
Meg's first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Born and raised in Michigan, Meg lives with her husband and enjoys gardening, crafts, and reading mysteries, historical fiction, and adding more books to her Kindle.
A few things you may 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!
A little more about Meg . . .
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. Both hardcover editions of her western mystery series, Double Crossing and Double or Nothing, are on library bookshelves. If they're not, ask your librarian to order 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 has also worked 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. Check out the Artwork pages on this website.