Meira Rosenberg began Indiana Bamboo while completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, where it grew from her memories and imaginings of her early childhood in Ohio and the small town where she was raised in Indiana. Prior to publication, Indiana Bamboo was the winner of the Tennessee Mountain Writers Excalibur Award, a one-time award for first-time novelists. The novel was also selected as the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards Middle Grade Honor Book.
She and her husband have three children who are now young adults, but while growing up, they had almost as many pets as Indiana Bamboo does, from dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, goldfish, and hermit crabs, to the occasional garter snakes who were banished to a terrarium on the front porch. While she spends most of her time writing and as a writing instructor, she is a lawyer and a former Literary Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Properties Trust.
When her fourteen-year-old Cockapoo, Oreo, isn’t being too mischievous, Meira writes in the kitchen at home in Connecticut. But when Oreo acts up, Meira flees to bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops to continue writing while drinking lots of tea and too much hot chocolate.