Marilyn Meredith — On Tour!
April 12, 2012
Becoming fond of blog tours. I get to learn so much about other authors, and I can do it from home–no travel involved!
Accomplished author and friend, Marilyn Meredith, is touring with No Bells, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. series. One of my most favorite fictional places to visit. And Officer Gordon Butler is for me, one of Marilyn’s most endearing characters.
Today, Marilyn has been kind enough to address for us how writing has impacted her life.
How Writing Has Impacted My Life
My love for writing stories began when I first started reading. I wrote stories, poems, and plays. Because I married right out of high school and had a big family, for a long while my writing was confined to PTA newsletters and plays for my Camp Fire Girls to perform.
My sister researched our family genealogy and there were so many unexplained events, I decided to write a fictional historical family saga based on each side of the family. My first one was written and then rewritten over and over while being rejected nearly 30 times. I learned a lot during that process. After those two books were published, I decide to write a mystery since that’s what I loved to read. I tried other genres too, but I will probably stick to mysteries from now on.
Writing has impacted my life in many ways. I started going to mystery conferences and conventions and met authors that I loved including Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton and Jan Burke. I traveled to cities I’d would have never visited if it hadn’t been the location of a Bouchercon or Left Coast Crime. I made friends with two Native Alaskan sisters while attending Left Coast Crime in Anchorage. And I had a great adventure traveling across frozen ice to visit a school in a small Alaskan village. On a return visit to Alaska for Bouchercon, I stayed with one of the young women from my first trip, met her whole family, and spoke to all the children at a middle school in Wasilla about writing a mystery.
I joined the Public Safety Writers Association back when it was the Police Writers Club thinking why not since I wrote about police officers. When the group almost died, several of us got together and resurrected it and I’ve been the program chair for the PSWA writers conference ever since. Through this group I’ve become friends with men and women in law enforcement, the FBI, Forensic experts, a coroner and all sorts of interesting fields.
And this brings me to probably what has impacted my life the most, so many wonderful friends who share the love of writing. Not just mysteries, though if I took the time to count, I’d probably find that the majority are mystery writers. I’ve writing friends who live in many parts of the country who I only see once a year at one mystery conference or another. And then there are the friends who live closer and I actually get to spend a little more time with. Some of them are fellow members of Sisters in Crime, others I’ve been roommates with at conferences or been tablemates at a book festival.
In fact, I met at Madeline at a book fair and since that time we’ve been together at several book events and conferences, even sharing a room at Left Coast Crime. She’s become a close friend and I want to thank her for hosting me today. Once she actually considered renting a room to Officer Gordon Butler who has a starring part in my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel, No Bells.
In this adventure, Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem, she’s the major suspect in a murder case.
More About Marilyn:
F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels—and a few that will never see print. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is No Bells. Rocky Bluff P.D. is a fictional beach community between Ventura and Santa Barbara and F. M. once lived in a similar beach area.
F. M. (Marilyn) is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves as the program chair for the Public Safety Writers of America’s writing conference. She’s been an instructor at many writing conferences.
And Marilyn is having a contest on her No Bells blog tour
The person who comments on the most blogs on my tour will win three books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series: No Sanctuary, An Axe to Grind, and Angel Lost. Be sure and leave your email too, so I can contact you.