Author Marilyn Meredith with Yet Another New Release

Welcome Marilyn Meredith who is once again visiting my author blog on another of her Tempe Crabtree book tours. Big news. She may be retiring this series and this may be the last of her many, many Tempe Crabtree mysteries. Let’s see what she has to say today:

How Sisters in Crime has Helped My Writing Career

by Marilyn Meredith

Being a founding member of the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime and one of the earliest members in the Central Coast Sisters in Crime has not only been beneficial but has been a great experience.

Probably the best that has come out of those memberships is all the friends I’ve made. Friends I’ve roomed with at conferences in many different places: Anchorage Alaska, Bellingham Washington, Monterey, Sacramento and San Francisco and other places I’ve forgotten.

Since the beginning, I’ve met other authors and readers. I’ve enjoyed talks about experts in many fields such as coroners who shared gruesome photos of murder victims and gave me ideas for future mysteries. Once a female police officer shared her experiences and as always, I took many notes, and a plot for a story grew out of those notes.

Lawyers, detectives, crime scene investigators, law enforcement officers, and profilers have all been willing to share their expertise with us. I’ve gathered so much information and learned so much.

I’ve also been the featured speaker at both groups many times, sharing some ideas about writing and promotion that I’ve learned along the way. I’ve done an interactive How to Write a Mystery program that’s lots of fun for me and the attendees.

I also belong to the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, but haven’t been able to attend much, though once, long ago, I gave a talk about e-books before most people had even heard about them.

I get newsletters from the National chapter as well as all three groups that I belong to. All of them have helpful information. They all have listserves where questions can be asked and answered.

Anyone who is a mystery writer or reader should join a local chapter of Sisters in Crime. You won’t regret it. My membership has been invaluable to me.


Blurb for A Cold Death:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer.

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Marilyn Meredith’s published book count is nearing 40. She is one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra, a place with many similarities to Tempe Crabtree’s patrol area. Webpage:

Blog: and you can follow her on Facebook.

Contest: Once again I’m going to use the name of the person who comments on the most blogs on my tour for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which may be the last in the series.

Tomorrow I’ll be here:

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Author Marilyn Meredith with Yet Another New Release — 24 Comments

  1. Another great post, Marilyn, and very timely. I’ve been thinking about joining a local Sisters in Crime Chapter and you convinced me. I grew up with two brothers, and I think it’s time I had sisters.

  2. Marilyn, you are always welcome. Maybe you’ll tell us why you are contemplating ending the Tempe Crabtree series. It’s been going for so long and with so many publications.

  3. Linda, it’s not that I am actually thinking about ending the series, it’s just that I’m getting older–what I’ve always said is I’ll keep doing it until I can’t. We’ll see what happens when I write the next book. I’m in the middle of one for my other series, and it seems to take longer with each one I write. Then there’s the promotion…..

  4. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and your books with us over the years, Marilyn. When we stand on the shoulders of people with your experience, it’s easier to see into the future…and learn how to accomplish our own goals. Sisters in Crime are lucky to have you!

  5. I share your enthusiasm for Sisters in Crime, Meredith. This is one of the best and most welcoming groups I’ve ever encountered. Good luck with your new mystery. It sounds great.

  6. I have the same gratitude and positive feelings for Sisters in Crime, Marilyn. I feel as though I met you long ago, and it was probably at a conference. Do you remember?

    I’ve known Tempe a long time.

  7. Such excellent advice, Marilyn. For a mystery writer, Sisters in Crime is invaluable for learning, meeting new friends and for encouraging wannabe writers to write! And I know firsthand, how helpful your talks are at Sisters in Crime Central Coast meetings. Thank you!

  8. Wow! Nice plug for a great organization. Was the woman police officer Robin Burcell of Lodi, CA? She has written 11 novels and now has co-authored Pirate with Clive Cussler. Of course, Clive gets all the space to plug his many books, Robin got a small paragraph.

    • No, JoAnne, it was someone else who came–not a writer. She was a friend of Kate’s. She told us a story about a disgusting child molesters and how he was caught–she found the evidence against him. And yes, I built a plot around her experience.

      • I remember her. The child molestor was a well-known business man. A travel agency. Yeah, she made us all have goosebumps.

  9. No, JoAnne, it was someone else who came–not a writer. She was a friend of Kate’s. She told us a story about a disgusting child molesters and how he was caught–she found the evidence against him. And yes, I built a plot around her experience.