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Meg Tilly

Author/actress

Meg Tilly is the author of two adult novels, Singing Songs (Penguin/ Dutton, A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, 1994) and Gemma (St. Martin's Press). Her first young adult novel, Porcupine, was released by Tundra/McClelland & Stewart in 2007, and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, the Canadian Libraries Association Best Children's Book 2008 and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award 2008. It also was an Ontario Library Top Ten Best Bets 2008. First Time, a reluctant reader, was released by Orca in 2008.

Tilly is also known for her work in her former career as a film actress. Some of her better known films include, The Big Chill and Agnes of God, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar.

At present she is both writing and dipping her toe back in the acting world. She is delighted to be appearing as Martha, in the Blue Bridge production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. At present she is working on yet another rewrite of her untitled adult manuscript. Her new middle grade manuscript, A Taste of Heaven, is out with various editors, looking for a home.

Her three children are grown, so she and her husband are now splitting their time between Vancouver Island and Toronto.

Almost Like Flying

Why do we stop running, spinning, jumping, singing out loud just for the joy of it? Why do we care if no one else is? Why should we care if people think we are bonkers? Just because we are grownups we are supposed to stop throwing our bodies on the ground and smelling the earth?
10/19/2011 10:38 EDT
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Warm Apple Pie and <i>The Rosie Show</i>

Last night, at 6:50 p.m., I cut a couple of nice wedges of hot homemade apple pie for my husband and me. I had to kick into high problem-solving mode to make this pie. I'd bought all the ingredients,...
10/11/2011 03:01 EDT
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When Life Gives You Apples, Make Applesauce

I feel clever because I took something that an ordinary person would throw away, or eat and resent because the yellow/peach coloured apples were mealy. But as applesauce, those pathetic specimens are going to be so good that I might even lick the bowl, and because it's just me here, nobody will know the difference.
09/28/2011 01:58 EDT

Bomb Girls

I am a bomb girl. I'm sure when you read that you got an image of high-heels and a tiny cinched-in waist and voluptuous breasts spilling out all over the place. And yes, I'm sure some of the younger girls in the mini-series will look just like that. My character in Bomb Girls does not.
09/06/2011 09:36 EDT

The Whatever I Want Blog

I don't feel like writing about mother/daughter stuff anymore. The last one I wrote made me feel so sad and the idea of writing another blog either about being a mother of a daughter, or a daughter of...
07/29/2011 11:37 EDT

Mothers and Daughters: The Worst Child?

I am the worst daughter in the family. I do send my mother flowers and loving thoughts, but not seeing her makes it easier to hold on to the good memories. It's not so easy when she believes that my husband is her soul mate, when she tries to turn me against my own children.
07/13/2011 09:17 EDT

Mothers and Daughters: Picking Up the Phone

I had always wanted for my kids to call me because their heart wanted to, not because they felt they had to. I wanted to be a joy to them, not an unwanted obligation. But maybe they were feeling that I didn't care about them anymore? Was I being a bad mother?
06/30/2011 07:38 EDT

I Asked My Daughter To Blog About Me. It Already Stings

I tried to give my daughter the childhood and the mother I longed for, having grown up in turbulent circumstances. But there were challenges. Otherwise I would not have gone through four major relationships, with three different father figures marching in and then out the door.
06/16/2011 09:10 EDT

Mothers and Daughters: All Dressed Up

"Um... Mom, maybe it would look better if you wore a little makeup," my daughter Emily said. "I am," I replied. "Oh. Maybe you should use a bit more," she added.
06/02/2011 08:07 EDT

Mothers and Daughters

If I can convince my daughter Emily to do a mother/daughter blog maybe it will make us close again. The way it used to be before things changed.
05/26/2011 08:05 EDT