I spent my childhood on the rocky North Shore of Massachusetts, and my adolescence in suburban Chicagoland. I graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English concentrating in Creative Writing and then worked for several years as a researcher at National Geographic (the magazine, the geography education division and later television & film), a job I loved. I was awarded an Anthropology/Creative Writing Fulbright Fellowship to Palermo, Sicily, and moved there to research my first novel. I have since lived in places as varied as Hong Kong (where I wrote about, among other things, a toilet-themed restaurant) and Arkansas, where I received my M.F.A. in Creative Writing. I now live in North Carolina with my husband and children and our dog, where I write and work as a freelance researcher and writer for National Geographic and other outlets. To contact me, email me here or follow @Meagho on Twitter (though I frequently fast from social media).