Author Spotlight no.79 – FM Meredith

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the seventy-ninth, is of crime and mystery author and interviewee F M Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith.

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Bears With Us from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novels are No Bells and Angel Lost, the third and forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America.

And now from the author herself:

What you May or May Not Know about Marilyn Meredith aka F. M. Meredith

I’m a fourth generation Californian. (Not too many people can say that—though three of my kids are now fifth generation Californians.)  I’ve only lived in two other states (Maryland and Virginia) and that was only for a short while. I’ve traveled the 3000 miles across the United States once by train, three times by car. Two of those times happened when hubby and I drove a VW bus with three of our five kids in it and tent-camped all the way to the East coast and back again. (Not something I’d recommend.)

Over the years I’ve had all sorts of jobs beginning with baby sitting from the age of 10 (what were the parents thinking), as a teen working in a hot rod store, whenever I needed extra money I worked as a telephone operator back in the days of the old-fashioned switchboard, a teacher in a school for developmentally disabled pre-schoolers, a teacher in day care centers, a pre-school teacher in a ghetto, and for over twenty years I owned, lived-in and operated a licensed facility for six developmentally disabled women. During that time I developed and taught state-approved classes for administrators of homes like mine.

I’ve done all sorts of volunteer jobs: PTA president and newsletter editor, Camp Fire Girl leader for 10 years, Sunday School teacher for all ages (still doing that for third to six graders), also still newsletter editor and program chairperson for the Public Safety Writers Association conference.

I met my husband on a blind date and married him after only knowing him for six weeks. We’ve been married for 60 years now even though my mother said we’d never make it. We raised five children and now have eighteen grandkids (raised a couple of those too) and eleven great-grands.

Since I was a girl in grammar school (all those eons ago) I’ve written stories and plays. I didn’t get serious about getting anything published until I was a young grandmother. After writing and rewriting and receiving many rejections, my first published book was a historical family saga based on my own family’s genealogy. From there I moved onto mysteries because that’s what I liked to read. I also wrote a psychological horror, three Christian horror novels, and a romance with a touch of the supernatural.

Along the way I’ve had encounters with agents who did nothing for me except waste a lot of my time plus a couple who taught me a lot, three publishers who were dishonest, and two publishers who sadly died, and a couple who decided to quit the business. I am so fortunate that I now have two publishers, one for each of my series. Mundania Press publishes the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series (Native American female deputy sheriff in the Southern Sierra of California), Bears With Us, is the latest and Oak Tree Press that publishes my Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series that’s about the members of a police department in a small beach community along the California coast that I write under the name F.M. Meredith. No Bells is available now.

I lived in a beach community for over 20 years and now make my home in the foothills of the Southern Sierra.

When I’m not writing, I love spend time with my family. I also enjoy reading and watching movies.

I do want to thank Morgen for hosting me again.

You’re so welcome, Marilyn – come back anytime.. ah yes you will be; a guest blog on the 3rd May. 🙂

You can find even more about Marilyn and her writing via… http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com.

CONTEST: 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.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with mystery author and poet Rebecka Vigus – the three hundred and fifty-first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are now on Amazon, with more to follow, and I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for my Post-weekend Poetry page.

21 thoughts on “Author Spotlight no.79 – FM Meredith

  1. Janet Kerr says:

    Your life sounds like writing was important and you continued to pursue publication.
    Congratulations for that Marilyn.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  2. thelma straw says:

    Marilyn, the more I read of your blogs the more charming a person you seem to be! I got a copy of No Sanctuary and find your writing a lot like the style of Agatha Christie!
    Thelma Straw in Manhattan

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    • marilynm says:

      I’ve just been on this earth a long while–give yourself some time and you’ll be surprised at the twists and turns your life takes–plus all the books you can write.

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  3. Patricia Gligor says:

    Marilyn, you’re an inspiration to all of us! May I ask what kind of vitamins you take? You certainly have a lot of energy.
    And, I want to tell you again how much I enjoyed reading “Bears With Us.”

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  4. marilynm says:

    Ha ha, Patricia. Yes, I do take multi purpose vitamins and some other stuff that people have suggested. However, I don’t feel like I have all that energy, I just work until I can’t. And I’m so glad you enjoyed Bears With Us–I had a great time writing it.

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  5. Maureen says:

    Marilyn,

    Bet you thought I forgot today, right? Nope,just a rough day and it took me longer than usual to comment. I am determined to win these books because I love your writing! Please enter me at scrapgirl1467 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks for the chance to win and as usual, I am enjoying the blog tour series of posts!

    Maureen

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  6. Dorothy Francis says:

    Marilyn, I feel that I know you a lot better now that I’ve read this blog. My admiration goes to you as a writer and also to you for helping the disadvantaged people. And also to you for sticking with a marriage for 60 years. I too have been married over 60 years–to the same guy. Hope you take a look at my new website http://www.dorothyfrancis.com I’m guessing you know Sunny Frazier and Kevin Tipple.

    Congratulations on all your succdesses!

    Dorothy

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  7. jblinco says:

    Marilyn another great photo. Always learn something new about you from each post. That VW trip sounds like another book opportunity. No Bells is one of yours I am looking forward to reading. Thanks for informative blogging which takes so much time away from your writing. Hopefully will prove profitable. Jake

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