Margaret Meacham grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood summers visiting her grandmother on the Chesapeake Bay, where many of her books including "Secret of Heron Creek" and "Oyster Moon" take place. In 1975 she received her BA degree in English Literature from Trinity College, and she received an MLS degree from the University of Maryland in 1977.
Meacham teaches writing and children's literature at Goucher College and online through Gotham Writer's Workshop in New York City. She has three grown children, Pete, Jen, and Katy, and currently lives in Brooklandville, Maryland with her husband John and their two dogs Dodger and Sam.
Margaret Meacham has published several novels for children and young adults with Holiday House, Scholastic Inc., and Schiffer Books, and teaches “Writing for Children and Young Adults” at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.