Meg was born and raised in Indiana, and still lives in a small town there, with occasional forays elsewhere; she hopes to get back to England one day. She has observed American culture from the white-gloved 1950’s through the days of social upheaval, disco and power suits, good economies and bad, and was politically active through much of it. Along the way, Meg acquired degrees in English and Art, a Master’s in Liberal Studies, and started out as a writer. This was followed by various stints as a cook, college instructor, choir accompanist, blueprint girl, slide librarian, graphic artist, fine artist, and a wife and mother. She also owned and operated a landscape design firm, an art gallery, and a custom bakery/cookery.
Several years ago she finally settled down and came back full circle to writing, starting with The Minimalist Woman blog. It began on Blogspot in January 2010 as a way to document her efforts at decluttering and simplifying her lifestyle. The blog quickly gained a following, and was moved to its own domain two months later. Meg’s experience with decluttering brought about some surprising realizations, and the blog’s subject matter expanded to encompass thoughts on consumerism and its personal and cultural impact.
Meg then ventured a little further into writing with another blog, The Minimalist Cook, and its companion books: The Minimalist Cook: 27 Practical Recipes, and The Minimalist Cook 2: 27 more Practical Recipes. She then wrote her own minimalism manifesto, The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All, which has been a consistent Best-Selling Short Read among Self-Help Kindle books on Amazon for several years.
Meg’s writing heart has always been in fiction, however, and she returned to it with the publication of Spirits of Place, a tiny collection of short-short stories (which are now available on her author’s website, megwolfe.com). The satisfaction it brought made her decide to take up where she’d left off decades ago, and concentrate her efforts on writing fiction.
An Uncollected Death, the first novel of Meg’s mystery series, introduces her heroine, Charlotte Anthony, who is not coincidentally faced with having to downsize. The changes in Charlotte’s life cause her to become entangled in a murder mystery. Subsequent books—An Unexamined Wife, An Undisclosed Vocation, and An Uncharted Corpse, plus a short story, The Case of the Princess Daddy (available as a mailing list bonus)—focus less on downsizing and more on character growth. Charlotte continues, however, to apply her observations of people’s belongings and sussing out their wants and needs in the course of solving the whodunit.
Meg is married to artist and photographer Steve Johnson, who provides the photos for her blogs, not to mention tons and tons of support for her writing career. She has one wonderful grown up son and a magnificent daughter-in-law, who in turn have provided her with a most superlative granddaughter. When not writing or visiting with friends and family, Meg enjoys gardening, knitting, long walks, and hanging out in the local coffee shop.