Welcome to the Wildwood
Most roses have their thorns, just as stories have their highs and lows. My garden of peculiar tales is far from perfect, but grown in love.
As you ramble through it, my wish is that you will find
- a bit more hope
- a little more joy
- and the magic that comes of feeling seen and valued.
I’m Meredith Rose, and this is my Wildwood. I’m glad you’re here.
MEREDITH ROSE writes fantasy and historical fiction for diverse readers who want to feel seen, understood, and valued. She is known for portraying deep friendships and characters who become real to her readers.
After four novels published by major New York imprints, she now publishes under her own independent press, Coedwig Books.
She is living her best cottagecore-by-the-freeway life in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys tabletop roleplay games, beautiful friendships, mixed media art, and all things Welsh, as well as tending to her houseplants and watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders near her windows.
She is terrible at keeping up with social media, but you’re welcome to find her at any of the platforms in the footer.
Why I Write
The written word has always fascinated me. I was trying to write before I learned to read, and I haven’t stopped since.
I crave story. And when I could not find the story I wanted or needed, I created it for myself first, long before I believed it would hold any interest to anyone else.
I wanted to write books since I was seven, but for years, I didn’t believe that it was a career I could actually have. Even now, it’s not a career that is easy to keep.
Writing helps me understand the world and myself and those around me. It gives me a place to explore thoughts and emotions and the complex questions that form the human existence.
Writing is how I experience magic. And that desire to know, to understand, and to experience deep things beyond myself is why I write.
My Promise To You
If you’re like me, it can feel a little risky to try a new author. You have to be able to trust that the story won’t have any unpleasant surprises or disappointments. I can’t guarantee that my books will be your cup of tea, but I can give you an idea of what you can expect.
Like most artists, my work is always evolving as I mature in my art and as a person. I'm striving to become consistently better at conveying my values and ideals through my stories. I don’t believe that any piece of art is perfect—I can always seek to improve.
One of the powerful things about stories—whether writing or reading/listening to them—is that they challenge you to see the world in a new way, from a different perspective. Writing has made me think deeply about things I probably would not have otherwise. I hope that continues until the last time my hands touch a keyboard.
What follows is my list of ideals and values that I strive toward in every story. They are things that you can rely on when you pick up one of my books.
Some Other Things About Me
I am Welsh-American and I love the country of Wales! It has a rich history of music, literature, and friendliness.
I also am studying Welsh: Dysgwr Cymraeg dw I! (I am a Welsh Learner!)
Asexual: (above flag) Never or rarely experiences sexual attraction, sometimes viewed as a spectrum
Demisexual: (below flag) Experiences sexual attraction only after establishing an emotional connection
I identify as both, in addition to bi/pan and pan-romantic. Our understanding of sexual and romantic orientations is constantly evolving, and these may be new terms to some people. I think it's wonderful that we are creating new language to describe an important part of the human experience.
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Pansexual: (above flag) Attracted to many genders
Bisexual: (below flag) Attracted to more than one gender
Personally, I identify as either one. Often I use "bisexual" simply because it's a well-established term that more people are familiar with, but some people feel "pansexual" is more precise or inclusive.
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