About Me

At the PA Memorial Monument in Gettysburg, PA
June, 2015
Hi! I'm Meghan and I'm thrilled that you're visiting

A Northern Belle 

The city of Gettysburg is a little over two-hundred miles away from my home in Pittsburgh, PA. Its vibrant history and this entire great country's history has been a lifelong passion to weave and honor within the fiction I write.

In addition to days gone by, I write stories from a heart grateful to my sovereign Lord and Savior whose redemptive work makes beautiful things out of the dust of history, and hearts. 

What you can expect to see here:
Mondays--devotional posts, sometimes dealing with living with chronic pain as well as lessons the Lord's been impressing upon my heart. Thursdays--writing/fiction/book related posts. Book reviews to help spread the word about other authors' great stories. Photos of my cats and coffee cups and occasional gushing about family and friends. And occasional history-nut posts are to be expected of course.

The last five years have been a whirlwind of change, growth and much grace in me and my writing. Upon graduating from homeschool, I had a job divinely dropped in my lap as a medical receptionist that has lasted just over four years. Resigning in December of 2016 due to both hips needing replaced due to my chronic pain condition--bilateral hip dysplasia--I am excited to see the next chapter God unfurls for me in the future.

I have written two and a half full length novels. God's Will is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, released May 2014. This Great Depression-set family saga is the novel of my heart--following two families as life hurls hardship after hardship upon them, testing their faith, and proving that in spite of impossible circumstances, God's will is the sweetest place to be. Written during a season of life for me and my family where the rain felt like it kept pouring, and I had to make a choice to embrace God's will as sovereign, perfect, even though I didn't understand.

My second novel, Amongst the Roses was finished in November, 2014, the first in a Civil War series, The Keystone Legacy Series. Here is the back cover blurb:
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats.
Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the homefront?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the warfront.
The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides--will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history brings these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart--
and bring two unlikely allies together.
I am currently seeking representation and pursuing traditional publishing for it.

A student of life, lover of words on pages and from others, I'm also somewhat of a gypsy spirit. I have traveled across the country to some of the best friends a girl could ask for to places like Boise ID, Charleston SC, Virginia and North Carolina. The history and scenery within these states have captured my heart and I cannot wait to go back there, and so many more places.

Why A Northern Belle if I've visited so many southern states? Because I'm pretty proud of my state and I love living in the North in spite of living so darn far from Gettysburg. If the Civil War's brought up, I can be pretty opinionated on the North vs. South. Fair warning.

  • TV: Gilmore GirlsOnce Upon a Time, Agents of SHIELD, Downton Abbey, Parks & Rec, Friends, When Calls the Heart, How I Met Your Mother, Mysteries of Laura, Chicago Med, Mercy Street, The Bachelor/Bachelorette is a guilty pleasure, Quantico, Jane the Virgin (another guilty pleasure).
  • Movies: Marvel movies, Disney movies, Pixar movies, any musical made between 1939 and 1959, Les Miserables, Grease, The Last Five Years, Before We Go, An Affair to Remember, Nicholas Sparks movies.
  • Books: Inspirational Historical & historical romance fiction is my all-time favorite genre, the runner-up being Inspirational Contemporary Romance. Fave classics include Little Women and other Alcott works, Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, To Kill a Mockingbird and most of Jane Austen's novels, my favorite being Sense and Sensibility. Favorite Authors & blogs can be found in the Favorite Blogs page.
  • Music: Contemporary Christian, Hymns, Country, Broadway/movie musicals, some indie music, Pop...I have reeeally varied musical favorites so Check out my Spotify here