About the Books
In 1984, Meg saw the movie "Romancing the Stone" and realized what she wanted to do was become a romance writer, just like the character Joan Wilder. She wrote many romance novels all through high school and college, but she was too shy to try to show them to anyone.
Finally, in 1993 her father died. That's when Meg realized that life is too short not to try to pursue your dreams. So the day she got home from his funeral she sent out her first manuscript. It was rejected.
But Meg kept trying, because as her grandmother said, "You're not a hundred dollar bill, not everyone is going to like you." Five years later, Where Roses Grow Wild, her first romance novel (under the pen name Patricia Cabot, so her grandmother wouldn't know she was writing smutty books) was published.
These books are no longer widely distributed in the US (though they've been translated into many languages and are for sale in multiple countries), but many of them received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Meg is a member of The Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll (comprised of RWA members whose novels have made the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, or USA Today bestselling lists). She gave RWA's keynote address in 2006.
Meg retired the Patricia Cabot pen name and currently writes all her books under her own name. Her grandmother did find out about these books, and she wasn't mad at all.