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Meg Tilly

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Meg Tilly/Sara Flynn

She may be best known for acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning lead performance in the movie “Agnes of God,” but Meg Tilly is taking on an exciting new persona these days, as debut romance novelist Sara Flynn.

After successfully publishing six highly acclaimed young adult and literary women’s fiction novels, the Canadian actress/author decided to write the kind of books she loves to read—romance novels. Her first romance, SOLACE ISLAND, debuted at the 2017 RT Booklovers’ Convention in Atlanta.

Set on an island in the Pacific Northwest, SOLACE ISLAND tells the story of a woman, dumped by her business partner/fiancé during her bachelorette party, who discovers a rewarding new career, romance and threats on her life in an idyllic vacation community. Two more Sara Flynn romances set on Solace Island will follow.

At the age of 14, the multi-talented Tilly started dance lessons and developed into a gifted ballet dancer. After she danced in the movie “Fame” a serious back injury forced her to give up ballet, and she turned her creative energy to acting. Moving to Los Angeles and studying with renowned acting teacher Peggy Fuery, she began to book television roles and then her first film, “Tex,” opposite Matt Dillon. Shortly thereafter she booked the role of Chloe in “The Big Chill.” Her funny and touching performance in the soon-to-be classic film brought a whole new level of attention. Then came her acclaimed performance in the title role of “Agnes of God.” Tilly’s portrayal of a novitiate nun who confesses her involvement in a virginal conception, opposite Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft, garnered her a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination. Other film credits include “Valmont,” “The Two Jakes,” “Leaving Normal” “Masquerade” and “Body Snatchers.”

In 1994, Tilly decided to take a break from acting to focus on raising her children. She continued to study and grow as a writer. SINGING SONGS (Penguin/Dutton, a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers Selection 1994), was her first novel, followed by another adult novel, GEMMA (St. Martin’s Press). Her first YA novel, PORCUPINE (Tundra Books), was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, The Canadian Libraries Association Best Children’s Book 2008, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Ontario Library Best Bets 2008 and was a finalist for the Sheila A Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. Next came FIRST TIME (Orca), a 2009 Golden Eagle Award Nominee, a 2009 YALSA Quick Picks and 2010 CCBC Best Books. Her fifth novel, A TASTE OF HEAVEN (Puffin Books) was shortlisted for the 2014 Libris Young Reader Book of the Year, a 2014 Diamond Willow Award and won the 2014/15 Chocolate Lilly Award. BEHIND THE SCENES (Puffin) was published in 2014.

Tilly has sold screenplays to MGM/UA, Sony Pictures, NBC, Kidro Productions and ATO Pictures.

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