‘I love to read and I love telling stories…I began by spinning yarns for my younger sister…as soon as Mum turned off our bedroom light my sister would say…“Okay, tell the story,”…and I’d pick up where we’d left off the night before.’
Meredith was born and raised in the Murray Mallee region of rural South Australia. She spent most of her career as a registered nurse/midwife working in a wide range of country health practice settings, including over two years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Meredith worked in the Northern Territory, Outback South Australia and Queensland, did agency nursing in London and volunteer work in Vietnam
When a friend challenged Meredith to do what she’d always wanted to do – write a book – she saved up, took time off work, sat down at the computer and wrote a novel. After the first rejection letter Meredith realised she needed to learn more about the craft of writing. She attended workshops, wrote, joined a writers’ group, and went on to successfully complete an Advanced Diploma of Arts – Professional Writing with the Adelaide Centre for Arts, graduating in 2009.
In 2008 Meredith entered a short story, Waiting for Harry, in the Romance Writers’ of Australia’s Little Gems competition, successfully winning a place in the annual anthology.
Meredith spent several years as a casual correspondent for the rural newspaper Flinders News, having over sixty stories published during that time.
Spending most of her life living and working in the country, Meredith’s fascination with the complexities of small rural communities, particularly the challenges of providing health services in these communities, is reflected in her debut novel The Country Practice.
The Doctor Calling, published by Penguin Random House, is Meredith's second novel and was released on 24 February 2016.
Meredith is married and lives with her husband Ken, in a small village in the delightful Clare Valley wine-grape growing region of South Australia.
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.