Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 2 of Twelve Days of Great Reads and Great Friends: Marilyn Meredith, aka F.M Meredith

Marilyn’s name became very familiar to me when I got the proof of my first cover. She had graciously given me a cover quote and I had never met her before. That changed when I attended the Public Safety Writers Association Conference two years ago and saw in person how special she is. Marilyn has so much energy. She recruits all the speakers for the conference (which I highly recommend) as well as writing three to four books a year and I can’t tell you how much publicity and events she does. It is exhausting to talk about.

She writes a variety of genres from romance to mystery and some with paranormal elements. She has two mystery series currently. One through our publisher, Oak Tree Press, is the Rocky Bluff PD series, the latest book called An Axe to Grind. I haven’t read this one yet but did read her previous release, No Sanctuary. It was a great read with Stacy as a police officer in a small rural department and her investigation into the death of a minister’s wife. It kept me guessing until the end and that made perfect sense. You can’t go wrong with her Rocky Bluff PD books. Her second series through another publisher is the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series which revolves around Indian legends and real crime. I haven’t read these yet but they are on my to-be-read pile as soon as I get my Kindle for Christmas. Marilyn, if I am still going half as strong as you are now, my life will be full and satisfying.

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, your contacts and your time with so many writers.

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  1. Oh, Wendy, you are a sweetheart. I only write two books a year, but the confusion is because I had a book on Kindle that Oak Tree turned into a trade paperback which gave me three books this year. And by the way, Wendy writes a great series too. Thank you for your kind words.


  2. Wendy, You picked a FANTASTIC woman to profile. Marilyn is not only a wonderful author but as a person she is a model for so many of us. If I had half her energy...I love the Deputy Crabtree series. If find, I can't put them down once I start reading. I hope to keep reading her novels and spending time with her (at least every year at the PSWA conference) for years to come.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Michelle. I can't wait to read the Tempe books, just as soon as I find one. My TBR pile is still in boxes of books in the basement from my move and I haven't uncovered them yet. I'm getting bookshelves for Christmas! Yippy!

  4. Wendy, what a great tribute to Marilyn, who as Michelle said, is a model for so many of us! Seldom do you meet people you instantly like, Marilyn is one of them for me!

    See you at PSWA, or sooner.


  5. If you follow Marilyn on Facebook, you'll see that she hardly ever stops- I think of her as the Energizer Bunny with a keyboard in tow. She's not just a talented writer but a very gracious, down-to-earth person.

    If you haven't read both of her series, you are truly missing out. I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of Angel Lost, the new Rocky Bluff P.D. novel, and it is fantastic, a real page turner with a twist I thought was particularly well done, because you could see what follows as coincidence, or you could view it as potentially supernatural event, depending upon your own inclination. Definitely good fodder for a book club discussion and a great read all around.

    Holli Castillo
    Gumbo Justice
    Jambalaya Justice, coming 2011