Meriwether Walker Buckalew Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a bachelor's degree in English and religion from Duke University before serving as an officer on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. Following his Navy service, Buckalew worked as a public school teacher and coach while earning his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wyoming.
In the 1980s, Buckalew served as Coordinator of the Kellogg Foundation Behavioral Health Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In 1986, he was named president of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. In 1989, Buckalew joined Independent School Management as Executive Consultant and Senior Writer, a position he enjoys to the present.
In addition to his Christian novels, Buckalew has published five nonfiction books on private-independent school operations (1992-2012), three nonfiction books on adolescent behavioral health (1977-89), and more than two hundred articles on school operations and behavioral health (1974-Present). His second novel, By Many or By Few, was the awarded the silver medal for Best Religious Fiction in 2006 by the Independent Publishers Association, a national competition for independently published fiction.
Walker currently spends his time traveling across the US as a consultant to a wide array of independent schools. While not on the road, he enjoys spending time at his home in Greer, South Carolina, with his wife, Dr. Linda Mason Hall, and their shelter-rescue dog and cat, Gracie and Tiny.
Walker’s Faith & Inspiration
I became a Christian when, as a 19-year-old sophomore at Duke University, a new friend loaned me a book and asked me to read it. I’d never heard of the author or the title. Someone called Clive Staples Lewis. Something called Mere Christianity.
Decades have passed, yet I have never stopped reading C. S. Lewis. So, in the summer of the year 2000, when my wife Linda asked rhetorically, “What would you do if you retired tomorrow?” the answer seemed to pop out on its own: “I think I’d try to write Christian-themed action/mystery fiction in the C. S. Lewis tradition. Something similar to his That Hideous Strength. In that book a small band of Christians tries first to comprehend an especially convoluted mystery, then, having deciphered the mystery, tries to overcome the insidious and barely imaginable Evil that underlies it. All of this with Supernature flowing through every page.
Once I had said that aloud, and despite the fact that “retirement” had, and has, no interest for me, the idea grew legs and ran. When, that fall, we took a long-planned week-long trip to the town of St. David’s on the coast of Wales, The Face of the Enemy was conceived.
I knew from the first that there would be at least three novels in the Rebecca Series. We were, however, careful never to refer to those books as a trilogy, knowing always that there might well be any number in the series. Rebecca is, after all, a young woman. She has, I suspect, a long life in front of her, and I doubt that the Almighty has finished calling on her to do His work on earth.
The Visioners novels begin a new adventure and mystery series for young adults, featuring fourteen-year-old twins (Rebecca's children from The Rebecca Series), who take miraculous journeys and narrowly escape their pursuers.