Friday, May 12, 2017

A Guest - Marilyn Meredith - Explains Her Compulsion to Write

Marilyn Meredith is the successful author of two series of mysteries. The newest book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series is Unresolved. It's number 13. Does that make it lucky?

After the blurb, Marilyn will explain why she continues to write even though she is over eighty (I think, but she's never admitted her age to me.)

Blurb for Unresolved
Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.


Marilyn talks
Though I’ve never been a best seller or made much money from my writing, I have never entertained the thought to quit writing.

I’ve always written—something. As a kid I wrote stories that had a great resemblance to whatever book I just read. I wrote plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. In middle school I wrote and published my own small magazine.

After I was married, I wrote and edited PTA newsletters, plays for my Camp Fire Girls to put on, a couple of books I did nothing with, the writing I had to do while going to college, and then after my kids were grown, I wrote an historical family saga based on my genealogy. After many rejections and rewrites, the book found a publisher. I wrote another, and it also found a home.

Because I mainly read mysteries, I decided to try my hand at those. And yes, I did find a publisher for that first one too. I continued writing mysteries, the Rocky Bluff P.D. series and the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series and I’m still writing both.

When blogs became popular I started one of my own. Today I have many guests on my blog and I’m a regular on two others. On http://ladiesofmystery.com  I have to write a new post once a month, on http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com/ I submit a post twice a month. And no, it’s not a chore, I’m a writer and I love to write.

Doing a blog tour as I’m doing now, means coming up with a new and fresh topic for each blog that I’m visiting. To me, it means writing, something that I truly love to do.

Besides, if I didn’t write, what would I do?

Tomorrow I'm visiting http://katsclues.wordpress.com and I’m giving some Dialogue Tips.

F.M. aka Marilyn Meredith