Meryl Davids Landau has written for national magazines for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in O, the Oprah magazine, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, More, U.S. News & World Report, Self, Redbook, Prevention and Whole Living. Some of her articles have focused on yoga, meditation, hypnosis, energy healing, chakras, and other alternative fare.
Meryl’s magazine writing has won several awards. In 2010, her work was nominated for the industry’s prestigious National Magazine Award (sort of the Academy Awards for publications). She also won first place that year from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, of which she is a member.
Meryl’s spiritual journey began in her early 20s, when she was exercising at a New York City gym and a glowing woman floated by. “That’s the yoga teacher,” someone told her. Meryl got off her bike and immediately headed for the classroom, intrigued that someone could be so graceful and ethereal. (That yoga teacher became the model for Consuela in Downward Dog, Upward Fog.) One blissful yoga hour later, Meryl was smitten. She subsequently took up the study of yoga, meditation, and Hindu philosophy at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York and Buckingham, Virginia. She also became certified to teach yoga. Over the years she has attended numerous retreats, spiritual study groups, workshops and week-long immersions with other teachers, including Neale Donald Walsch, Eckhard Tolle, and Abraham-Hicks.
Several years ago, Meryl was scrambling eggs in her kitchen with a morning TV talk show on in the background. The guest on the show was an author, although Meryl couldn't hear her name. But when the author said that she had created her line of books because she had asked herself, “Where are the novels for women like me?” Meryl felt the hairs stand up on her arms. A longtime lover of women’s fiction, she realized that spiritually seeking women like herself could ask the same question. Why weren't there more fun women’s novels about an everyday woman’s quest to find and keep her connection to her spiritual side? She quickly set about to write one. (Of course, like any good women’s novel, Downward Dog, Upward Fog's main character, Lorna Crawford, also wants great friendships, career success and a wonderful man.)