Marilyn is the author of over 40 published books, most are mysteries. She writes the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, and under the name F. M. Meredith, the Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries. She’s also written two family sagas, srand-alone mysteries, Christian horror (very scary but Christian themed), a romance with a supernatural twist, and a cookbook. She lives in a foothill community of the Sierras with her husband of many years. She’s a member of two chapters of Sisters in Crime and the Tulare-Kings Writers group. She loves helping other writers, and giving talks to writers and community groups.
What inspires you to write?
It is not so much inspiration as the need to write. With my two mystery series, I always want to find out what is going to happen to the characters next, and the only way to do that is write the next book. Writing is a big part of my life.
Tell us about your writing process.
Though I don't outline, I always have an idea where I'm going. For my series, I know the main characters but with any new book there will be a new victim and those who had a reason to want him or her dead. I decide on the setting and how the person will die and kind of go from there. I do jot notes along the way as ideas pop into my head.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I know my characters so well that I know what they are thinking and how they will react to the problems they encounters. I see the story unfolding much like watching a movie. I get inside whatever character whose point of view I'm writing from and see, hear, feel, and experience whatever he or she is experiencing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wm. Kent Kreuger, my favorite being Ordinary Grace, but I enjoy his mystery series. I also like James Lee Burke's books, he's a master of description. I have a slew of other favorites: Sue McGinty, Gloria Getman, M.M. Gornell, Michael A Black, Sheila Low, Victoria Heckman, and so many more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In the beginning all my books were with a publishers, but the publisher for the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series went out of business, so that series and several others are now self-published. The Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries have gone through a gamut of publishers but is now with Aakaanbaken and Kent. I like self-publishing because I can check on how a promotion is doing. I like having a publisher because so much of the work is done by them and not on my shoulders.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing has changed so much since I started writing. I think we'll see more and more books being self-published, but I suspect there will always be the few publishers for the big name authors.
What genres do you write?
mystery with a Native American deputy, police procedurals, classic mystery, horror with Christian elements, historical, romance
What formats are your books in?
Marilyn Meredith Home Page Link
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