Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview: Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith Interview


Pam: Marilyn, how long have you been writing mysteries?


My first two books were historical family sagas based on my family. Once I’d finished, I wondered what I should write, and since I read mostly mysteries, I decided that’s what I should write. That was about 1984 and I’ve been writing mysteries ever since—though I’ve also written psychological horror, Christian horror, supernatural mystery, and a romance with a touch of the supernatural.


Pam: Tell us about your writing schedule and if it has changed through the years?


I’ve always tried to write in the a.m. because that’s when my brain is freshest. I edit in the afternoon or evening. In earlier years, I could be interrupted when I was writing and get right back to my writing. Now, it’s a bit harder to do that.


Pam: Let's talk about your latest book?


I always have two latest books and two books I’m working on. In my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, it’s No Bells. Officer Gordon Butler falls in love, but the woman of his dreams turns out to be the main suspect in a murder case. He decides to find out the true murderer and clear her name even if it costs him his job. The latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series is Raging Water. Tempe investigates a series of burglaries and the suspicious deaths of two women. The river floods the lower part of town displacing many and a mud slide cuts off the only road out of town and it’s probable that the murderer is trapped along with everyone else in Bear Creek.


Pam: In this holiday season what are you most thankful for and how will you spend your holiday?


I am most thankful for my husband and big family. I’m blessed to have 4 living children, 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grands. We’ll be spending the holiday at home with some of our family joining us to celebrate. I still the main cook for all the big dinners.


Pam: Give us a piece of writing advice that has never let you down?


The best advice I can give everyone is to put your fanny in the chair and write. And my second best, is never give up.


Pam: Do you get the chance to keep up with  reading the books that you want to read?


I read a lot because I’m asked to review a lot of books. I like it because I read some dandy tales I probably wouldn’t pick for myself. I don’t really have as much time to read as I like, but I have books everywhere—including on my Kindle.


Pam: For fun would you share with us your favorite book, movie and dessert ?


I’ve read some wonderful books over the years, I don’t think I can pick just one. I loved Gone With the Wind, the book and the movie. I think the movie is the best one ever made from a book. I just watched it again recently and I still loved it. I can’t say the same for some other old movies I’ve re-watched. I love movies. I like to see them in the theater and on DVDs. As for dessert, ice cream is my favorite dessert—and I prefer chocolate.


Pam: Last question, what are you looking forward to in your career in 2013?


It would be nice to sell more books. A lot of people ask me if I make a lot of money, and the answer is “no.” However, I don’t write for the money, I write because I have to. With my series, I keep writing because I love my characters, they seem real to me, and I want to know what’s going to happen to them next. The only way to find out is to write a new book. So in 2013, I’ll have a new Rocky Bluff coming out at the beginning of the year called Dangerous Impulses and in the fall a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery called, Spirit Shapes.


Thank you so much for the interview.





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Available Now, No Bells, Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
Raging Water,Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.




  1. Thank you so much for this interview, it was fun to answer your questions.

  2. Marilyn,
    I am really proud of this interview. I hope you sell many many books in 2013.

  3. I want to add to my collection. I think I missed two Tempe Crabtree books, so I hope you'll bring them to EPICon in March. I have a couple on my Kindle, but I like having the autographed ones from you on my shelves.

    1. Yes, I think you are missing Bears With Us and Raging Water. I'll bring them with me, Lorna.

  4. Interesting that Gone with the Wind still captivates after so much time. I enjoy learning new things about you, Marilyn!

    Mary Montague Sikes

    1. I must have read Gone With the Wind 5 times as a kid and a least 2 more when I was an adult. Odd that it's so popular since it didn't have a happy ending.

  5. My and husband and I both read Marilyn's books and love them. I have read No Bells and really enjoyed it, I was constantly changing my mind about who I thought the killer was. We are trying to read our way through the Tempe Crabtree series, but I love the Rocky Bluff series too. Keep those books coming Marilyn!


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