Author Marilyn Meredith is a Dynamic Force in the Literary World
by Betty Dravis
It’s my pleasure to welcome author Marilyn Meredith to Betty’s Dreams. She is a popular author and is on a blog tour for her latest book, Not as it Seems For more about her books, including the latest, read what this fascinating woman has to say. I, and many of her fans, look forward to reading this exciting new book.
How I Started Writing
by Marilyn Meredith
Like many writers, I began as a child. Before I could actually write, I drew pictures to tell a story prompted by a soap opera my mother listened to every day called “My Gal Sunday.” Once I could actually write words I wrote short stories, plays for the neighborhood kids to act in, and articles for a magazine I put out one summer. After I married and had a family, I became the newsletter editor for PTA and wrote plays for my Camp Fire Girls to perform.
I did attempt a couple of novels, but after being rejected, I gave up for a while. When my kids were grown, I decided to write an historical family saga based on our family genealogy. After many rejections and rewrites it was accepted for publication. I wrote a second, and since I’d covered both sides of the family, I decided since I mainly read mysteries, I should write one.
The first was published, and from there I moved on to police procedurals. And no, not everything got accepted for publication right away. I collected many rejections.
The Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series was born after I moved to the foothills of the Southern Sierra and near an Indian Reservation. Meeting and interviewing a female resident deputy gave me the idea to write about one and I made her a native of the nearby tribe. A ride-along with a police officer who was a single mom rounded out the character, and Tempe Crabtree was born.
Though she started out as a single mom, Tempe has since married and her son, Blair, has grown-up, graduated from college, and achieved his life-long dream of becoming a fireman. And the new book begins with Blair taking another big step in life.
Not as It Seems Blurb:
Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.
Character Naming Contest:
Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.
Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Lorna Collins’ blog http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com and I’ll be answering some question about the Indian aspects of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.
Marilyn Meredith now lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.