Meghan Palmer is a writer of Appalachian magical realism. Each moment she’s spent in the woods of East Tennessee has inspired her, from witnessing synchronized fireflies to tumbling through whitewater rapids as a river guide. For Palmer, the natural Appalachian world is magic, and fiction is the medium she uses to record it.
As most writers say, Palmer has been writing since she was a kid. She cut her literary teeth on the “colored fairy tale books” by Andrew Lang. (The Orange Fairy Book is currently holding down her bedside table.) Since graduating with a B.A. in English from East Tennessee State University in 2006, Palmer has been publishing lifestyle and creative nonfiction articles in magazines like “Home and Hill” and “Marquee Magazine.” Her writing career has spanned everything from newspaper articles to blogs, working in-house for a billion-dollar corporation to freelancing for creative marketing agencies in Knoxville and Morristown, Tennessee.
Throughout all of it, Palmer has continued to write fantasy, drawn inevitably to themes of magic and discovery, and family, in the woods of Appalachia. Her inspirations include Neil Gaiman, Neil Stephenson, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Kate Elliot, and many, many more writers than she can list.
Meghan Palmer’s debut novel, Haints, is now available for order at any independent bookstore or at BookBaby.