Welcome: Marilyn Meredith
December 5, 2012
Always a pleasure having Marilyn visiting…
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is No Bells from Oak Tree Press.
Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/
The Most Pleasure Gained from My Writing Life
Making friends along the way is what has given me the most pleasure from my writing life. In the beginning it was the people from my first critique group—and one in particular, a writer named Willma Gore. She taught me so much about writing, more than I ever learned from anyone or anywhere else. We also had a lot of fun together, including going to writers meetings and conferences together. We are still friends and hubby and traveled to Sedona, AZ for the celebration of her 90th birthday.
I belong to that same critique group though many of the members have changed. Each one has brought a new prospective to my writing process and become a good friend. My latest books have mentioned each of them on the dedication page.
I met both of my publishers at writing conferences. Billie Johnson, who is the publisher at Oak Tree Press, I met at the Public Safety Writers Association’s conference and she has also become a good friend. I always look forward to seeing her at various venues and we correspond via email.
Author Lorna Collins is another writer I met at a conference and has become a good friend. My hubby and I spent a fun weekend with Lorna and her hubby in their beautiful home. Though she’s almost young enough to be my daughter, we share the same birthday.
I’ve had a great time and become good friends with other writers at conferences. Gay Kinman and I have been roommates several times in Washington, New York and San Francisco, and hubby and I have enjoyed her and her husband’s hospitality.
So many of my writer friends I met at mystery cons, Radine Trees Nehring is one. Along with her husband and mine, we’ve shared some fun times and great meals and lots and lots of conversations.
All of my friends in the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime and those in the Central Coast chapter are precious to me for many different reasons. I’m not going to name them all because I might leave one of them out.
Before I forget, I have to mention Madeline Gornell. I met her for the first time at a book fair, then at two different writers conferences. Since that time we’ve become the best of friends. When we roomed together in Sacramento it was like being at a slumber party every night, oh how we gabbed and giggled.
(Oh yes, believe it or not, I’m a giggler, and Marilyn was such a delightful roommate!)
And then there are the readers who have become friends: Sara Weiss and her mom Benay who live in Texas, Katina Stewart and her whole family who live in Anchorage, Pat Jones of San Francisco, and so many more. If I listed everyone this blog would be way too long.
Oh, and I can’t leave out the friends I’ve met on the Internet, many I’ve never seen in person but I enjoy them so much—and some are on this blog tour.
Sometimes writing itself isn’t such a pleasure because it is work, work I love, but still work. It is truly all the friends I’ve met along the way that are the real pleasure.
Raging Water Blurb: Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.
I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me reassure you that every book is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved. . Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Intervention, Wing Beat, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears With Us, Raging Water.
Do enter my giveaway contest for a copy of the previous Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, BEARS WITH US. Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered. Include your email addy so I can get in touch with you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on my blog (http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com) on December 12, 2012. Good luck!
AND – Don’t forget Buster, Dobie, and Mugs (the latest) are each drawing a name from comments for free copies of Lies of Convenience (or a M.M. Gornell title of your choosing)!