Author Marilyn Meredith Returns

I met Marilyn Meredith for the first time at a book signing in Hanford, California in the Central Valley of California on October 30, 2004 (see picture – she’s top left). After that I heard her talk at the Sisters in Crime meeting in Fresno. I saw her often at those regular SinC monthly meetings. Later, when I was more into writing, I went to other presentations and trainings by Marilyn in Fresno and Visalia, California until I moved to Tennessee in late 2007. Then I saw Marilyn again when she came to our Killer Nashville Writers Conference. She is an amazing woman with a big family and more published books than I could ever dream of in another life. Thank you, Marilyn, for allowing me to host you once more on my blog with the great post below.


Why Do I Keep Writing?

That’s truly a great question.

The answer isn’t because I’ve become rich and famous. Though I’ve been writing and publishing for years, the money has not been pouring in, nor am I well known. So, then why do I continue on?

The easiest answer is because I’m a writer. I love writing. I love creating my own worlds populated with people I know better than those who populate the world I live in. As a mystery writer, I like being able to see that the bad guy is caught in every book—something that doesn’t always happen in real life.

Because I’m writing a series, the only way I can know what is happening next with my characters is to write the next book.

I really love talking with readers those who have read my books and those I’m telling about my books when I’m giving a presentation. And yes, I love talking and teaching about writing.

I enjoy all the things that come along with the writing: the friendship of other writers, belonging to writers’ groups, attending writing and mystery events, and yes, all the promotion when a new book comes out.

Those fans of my series who keep urging me to write the next book are another reason I keep on writing.

And last of all, what would I do with myself if I wasn’t writing?

Marilyn, who writes the RBPD series as F. M. Meredith

Blurb: Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.


Bio: F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn once lived in a beach town much like Rocky Bluff. She has many friends and relatives in law enforcement. She’s a member of MWA, 3 chapters of Sisters in Crime and serves on the PSWA Board.

Facebook: Marilyn Meredith
Twitter: @marilynmeredith

Tomorrow I’ll be heading over to Marja McGraw’s blog to tell about What’s Next.

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Author Marilyn Meredith Returns — 19 Comments

  1. I agree, Marilyn. It can be a hard market out there and the only reward is knowing that you’ve told another great story. As a new author, I haven’t had time to build many fans, but that will be a sweet reward when I do garner a few. The love of writing keeps many of us going. It certainly isn’t my royalty check;-)

  2. Yes, I ask myself that too, Marilyn. What would I do with myself if I weren’t writing? But you are my model of accomplishment, hard work, and interesting books.

  3. I’m currently reading “Tangled Webs” and thoroughly enjoying it. Like you, I’ll never get rich from my books, but that doesn’t slow me down. Again, like you, I love writing. I don’t travel anymore, but I sure wish I could go to a conference and touch bases with you again. Thank you for continuing to entertain me.

  4. Marilyn, great to see you at the Great Valley Book Fest in Manteca. You constantly amaze me with all the things you do…and I agree with your last comment, if I weren’t writing what would I do with myself! I think it keeps us healthy, involved and sane.

  5. Loved the balance of Marilyn’s reasons for writing. She must absolutely overflow with a million words standing in wait for her to choose and arrange them into the next and next and next mystery. What a model of persistence. Personally when I hit a lull or minor dipsy-doodle in writing books, I switch to plays which stretch me in a different way. I always say, if God wants me to keep writing only to “keep me out of trouble,” well then, my life has purpose beyond occupying space or treading on the treadmill. 🙂

  6. This has been great fun. It may not be over, but I’m thinking of going to bed early. Thank you Marilyn so much for considering me when planning your blog tours. I will always be so proud to host someone so great as you.