I am currently seeking representation for my 2017 memoir about a year spent learning to play roller derby while dealing with loss and grief. Below are some materials about this book. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
About the Book
If Wild met roller derby, this would be that story. Meryl Williams spent 2015 learning how to play roller derby as a way to move past a break-up, a frightening sexual harassment incident, and the loss of her mother. She overcame obstacles like hearing loss and concern for her personal safety in her city thanks to the support of a new-found group of women athletes. Taking place in three different cities, this collection of essays tells the story of one woman’s search for independence, confidence, strength, and community.
About the Author
Meryl is a freelance journalist who was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. She has worn hearing aids since she was a teenager, but she has never let this stop her from living life to its fullest. She graduated from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism in 2007 and has worked in newspapers and marketing ever since. Her writing appears regularly in The Establishment, Extra Crispy, HelloGiggles, The Billfold, The Write Life, and many more. Her essay, “A Summer of Housekeeping in Ohio,” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Oregon Humanities, and another, “A House Disconnected,” appears in a 2016 Little Fiction | Big Truths print anthology about technology. She often writes about roller derby, feminism, and grief, among other topics. She grew up in southeastern Ohio but lived for many years in Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Today, she skates with Ohio Roller Derby. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and sign up for her personal newsletter, The Sleeper Hit.
Writing samples by Meryl Williams
- Housekeeping, Oregon Humanities
- A House Disconnected, Little Fiction | Big Truths
- The Cost of Being Hearing Impaired in America, The Billfold
- What It’s Like to be a Hard of Hearing Roller Derby Skater, Roller Derby For Beginners
- The Cab Driver, Story Club Magazine
- For Me, 2015 Was The Year of Roller Derby, HelloGiggles
Sample chapters are available upon request.