Today Marilyn Meredith is my guest author. This is a woman I consider a friend and whose books I thoroughly enjoy. What’s an author’s life like? Marilyn is about to tell you. Welcome, Marilyn!
The Author’s Life—Mine
If you are an aspiring author, don’t expect to hear what an exciting life I have, because for the most part it’s pretty normal.
In the beginning, the biggest milestone was getting published the first time.
Long ago, when I knew mystery writing was the way I wanted to go, I went to a small mystery writing conference in northern California with many well-known mystery writers as instructors and attendees including Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton. Both were a big inspiration.
For many years, hubby and I attended many big and small mystery conventions. We visited many parts of the country we’d never been to before, cities in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Texas, Virginia, and one of our favorites, Omaha, Nebraska. We also met many famous authors, made friends with some—and made friends with many not so famous authors.
Because I’m getting older, I’m not traveling quite as far as I used to, flying isn’t that much fun anymore.
I’ve had the privilege of being a presenter at other writing conferences and libraries, something I love doing. I’ve also been on many panels with other mystery writers at libraries.
I belong to the Public Safety Writers Association and served as the program chair for many years and now I’m the newsletter editor. Through this group I’ve met and become friends with many law enforcement professionals who’ve been great about answering questions and giving me ideas for plots.
I also belong to three chapters of Sisters in Crime. I’m most active with the nearest one, the San Joaquin chapter, though I do a lot of events with the Central Coast group. I’ve participated in the Los Angeles Times Book Festival with the L.A. chapter, and been on a couple of panels with members.
One thing I’ve learned is that as much of the author’s life is spent on promotion as on writing.
Hearing someone say, “I loved your book, when will the next one be out?” is one of the rewards of being a writer.
Most of my relatives have never read any of my books.
Though I sit in front of my computer for a large chunk of most days, I still have to do the laundry and cook most of our dinners. We have a big family and I love spending time with them. I have other jobs outside of the writing life.
Being an author, is just one part of my life.
Blurb for River Spirits:
While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest River Spirits from Mundania Press. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/
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Contest: The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour.
He or she can either have a character in my next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.
Tomorrow you can find me hanging out with Lesley Diehl at http://lesleyadiehl.com/blog
She wants to know how real Tempe and Hutch are.
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