Meg Dendler, Adult and Children's Book Author
Children's Book Author, Experienced Speaker, Certified Teacher
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 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. Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess was honored as Best Juvenile Book of 2018 by the Oklahoma Writers' Federation. She is available for school visits in person or through Skype. Meg is also an editor with Pen-L Publishing and does editing work for independent and self-publishing authors. Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live in Arkansas.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:
My books are all about the joy of reading and helping to make that a fun experience. They are often silly and fanciful, though the characters do have to make some hard choices and deal with the consequences of those choices. Since I really love animals, creatures of all shapes and sizes are woven throughout my books. Cats, dogs, dragons, even a charming donkey.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
The majority of my books are based on the animals who live in my home, so no one else would be able to write about my crazy Kimba or loyal Hiro.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Meg is available for interviews and is happy to speak to book clubs, organizations, and at conferences and book events. Details about talks to adult groups and at conferences are available at her website. School visits can vary from a quick Skype chat during library class to a whole-school assembly. The main focus is to promote the joy of reading in general, but students love to hear about the characters in Meg's books and the process of taking a story idea and creating the actual book. Writing workshops are also available for older students.
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