Saturday, November 26, 2011

Marilyn Meredith: MYSTERY WE WRITE guest today

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 novel is Angel Lost, the third 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. Visit her at and her blog at

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Marilyn will be giving away a copy of Bears With Us to a lucky commenter on the MYSTERY WE WRITE blog tour ending December 9. Leave a comment on this blog and maybe you will be the lucky winner!
So, heeeers Marilyn!

First, to tell you a bit about myself, I’m probably the old lady of the group, but I certainly don’t let age stop me. Well…to tell the truth, I don’t last as long as I used to, and partying no longer interests me because I usually go to bed pretty early, but I love to hang out with my friends and family, writing is a passion, and it’s fun to promote. I’ve made so many good friends as I’ve traveled the road of publishing and promotion and I consider it a major benefit of being an author.

She also mentioned that we could tell what our writing style it so I’ll talk about what I consider it to be for my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. In most cases, the stories contain a mystery, often times a murder, but because Tempe is a deputy of a small town and its surrounding area, she always has many things that come along to challenge her. In Bears With Us, bears take top priority, but she also is dealing with a teen suicide and parents who aren’t reacting as she’d expect, a complaint against her and her preacher husband by a prominent Bear Creek woman, a woman with dementia who keeps wandering away from home, and a secret long-ago romance that is causing a big problem.

With each new book I like to think about problems that may crop up in a mountain community like Bear Creek. Most books are told completely from Tempe’s point-of-view as this one is. I also like to let people read about Tempe’s and her husband, Hutch’s relationship. He is always supportive until she becomes too involved in the mystic side of being an Indian. Because she’s Indian, she has friends on the reservation, and often gets involved in helping out with crimes that occur there.

My writing style isn’t complicated. I’ve always considered myself more of a story-teller—one who likes to weave a mysterious web that includes a Native American female resident deputy, her preacher husband, her Indian friend, Nick Two John, whom she often consults, and a small community that includes the mountains and old-timers and people who have moved from the city. And though I am writing a series, each book is complete so they do not have to be read in any order.

Where you can purchase Bears With Us:
As an eBook or trade paperback from the publisher:
For Kindle or trade paperback from
As a trade paperback from

Review of Bears With Us:
Marilyn Meredith's latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree offering, "Bears With Us," is full of the well-crafted twists and turns we've come to expect from her. It also has a lot of bear action, as we might expect from the title. For those readers who may not live in bear-y areas, it accurately depicts what life with those creatures can be like. (Just check out some of our National Park's pages like Yellowstone and Yosemite and see the real damage bears can do!) Far from the cuddle teddy bear image we've grown accustomed to, we are treated not only to a well-crafted tale, but also it's topped off with the unpredictability of 'nature.' And isn't that what really happens in our lives? Unpredictability. --Victoria Heckman, author of Hawaii Mysteries and "Burn Out." Sisters in Crime-Central Coast Chapter President


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Jinx, for hosting me today. I'm really having fun hopping from place to place.


Jinx Schwartz said...

I'm getting jet lag flying from blog to blog, but it is fun!

Jean Henry Mead said...

I Love Marilyn's books and look forward to readng BEARS With US.

M.M. Gornell said...

Nothing new in that I've gushed on before about Marilyn Meredith! I love her books. Great hearing your thoughts on your writing, Marilyn. I'm finding this blog tour wonderful in that I'm learning so many neat things about my fellow authors (and friends!)

Great post!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I think I've visited everyone on tour today. Thanks Jean and Madeline.

Anne K. Albert said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Bears With Us and will be reading more of your books, Marilyn!

Great post, Jinx!

Earl Staggs said...

Marilyn, you obviously know Tempe and her world so well you could write her books forever. I hope you do.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Anne.


Yetta said...

I'm always up for stories with bears in them. Please enter me in your book drawing.

Alice Duncan said...

Boy, I hear you about not being able to last as long as you used to, Marilyn! Heck, I have to take a nap after lunch :-) Fun post!

WS Gager said...

Marilyn may not last as long as she used to but she still goes a lot longer than I can and make coherent sentences. She is my inspiration and hope to follow Marilyn to 30+ books and a bunch a huge loyal fans! Great post!
W.S. Gager on Writing

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you for visiting, Yetta. You'll enjoy the bears in Bears With Us.

I've been known to take a nap now and then too, Alice.

Thanks for your kind words, Wendy.


Holli said...

I don't think of Marilyn as the old one in the group-- in fact, she gets around better and writes more and better than most people I know, no matter what the age or writing experience. She certainly has more energy than me. For anyone who hasn't read one of her books, I would recommend getting one- any one of them- and giving it a read to see an example of good writing.

Holli Castillo
Jambalaya Justice now available

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you so much, Holli. As you know, I'm a fan of your books too!


marja said...

Marilyn, Your books, and Tempe, are a delight. They're so engaging. As for age, you've got more energy than I do, so it's what you make of it.

Prentiss Garner said...

I always enjoy your books.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Marja and Prentiss, for your kind words.


SandyG265 said...

I haven't read anything by Marilyn but this sounds like it'll be a good book.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks for popping in, Sandi.