Meg Welch Dendler – May Speaker

Dendler, MegMeg Welch Dendler is a best-selling, award-winning author and a former teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She grew up in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area, spent her high school and college years around Detroit, and lived in Michigan until 2005 when she and her family moved to Houston, Texas. Making a total life and career change, in 2012 they bought seven acres of Ozark mountain paradise, opened a rental guest house business, which has allowed Meg time to write and publish.

Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the ‘90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over one hundred 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 international awards for her best-selling “Cats in the Mirror” alien rescue cat children’s book series.

Her first book, Why Kimba Saved The World, was published in February 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 2013, this book 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 2014. Miss Fatty Cat’s Revenge, was published in September 2014, followed by the companion book, Max’s Wild Night, in May 2015. Slinky Steps Out will be out in the spring of 2016.

Meg is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Ozark Writer’s League. Meg is also an editor for Pen-L Publishing, handling new books each month. Meg and her family live just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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