About Meryl

Meryl Yourish has been writing ever since she wrote her first piece of short fiction in ninth grade. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers workshop, which resulted in her first short story sale. Meryl is currently working on the fourth book in The Catmage Chronicles, Darkness Exultant, as well as a science fiction YA dystopia (because the world needs yet another one of those), a romantic comedy, and whatever else comes out of the cauldron of story ideas inside her head.

She spent most of her life in New Jersey, moving to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2002, where she spent six years teaching fourth grade in her synagogue’s religious school, where she discovered that she loved teaching. Andy Cohen, the hero of The Catmage Chronicles was named after one of her students. Meryl is available to talk to students at schools and libraries in the Richmond area.

Meryl is a one-woman publishing house. She has an extensive background in typesetting, desktop publishing, editing, copy editing, proofreading, and web production, as well as a smattering of programming. Her first publishing job was layout, paste-up, and typesetting for a small NJ firm that published seven local newspapers. That background comes in very handy in these days of self-publishing. It took only two weeks of swearing to re-learn Adobe InDesign and use it to design her first novel for print. Sadly, no desktop publishing program has ever managed to equal the old Atex mainframe system.

You can contact Meryl via the contact form, or by email at herfirstname@herlastname dot com.