A Visit With Author, Marilyn Meredith

Welcome, Marilyn, tell us a little bit more about yourself.

I wear many hats. Actually, I seldom wear any, but I have a lot of things that I am and do, namely wife and mom, grandmom and great-grandmom, Sunday School teacher, mentor to other writers—and of course a writer myself. I love to read and watch movies. Marilyn with books.

What are your immediate goals?

That’s a good question. I don’t often think in terms of goals except what I plan to accomplish each day. Anyone who is my friend on Facebook knows that I plan out what I’m going to do and then do it. I’ve always derived satisfaction from accomplishing things.

What has been your most rewarding experience during the writing process?

Whenever someone tells me they enjoyed my book—and even more when they tell me things that they loved about it.

Tell us about your new release, Spirit Shapes. Is it available in print and e-book?

In Spirit Shapes, ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen in a haunted house. Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation pulls her into a whirlwind of restless spirits, good and evil, intertwined with the past and the present, and demons and angels at war.

And yes,  it is available in both formats.

How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?

I was brought up in God-loving, church going family and of course this does have some influence on my writing—I shut bedroom doors (people can use their imaginations) and I don’t use “bad language” in my books. Yes, some of the characters curse—I just don’t quote them.

As far as environment, I use where I live as the basis for the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, the Southern Sierra (the mountain range at the eastern edge of California’s central valley). Tempe is the resident deputy in the town of Bear Creek which has a strong resemblance to the town closest to me. The actual Bear Creek is much like the Tule River which runs through town and in back of my house. Because we have an Indian reservation as a neighbor and Tempe is Native American as are some other characters in the series, and the reservation sometimes has a part in the books.

Where, when, and what is the perfect surrounding when you write?

I write best in my office on my computer in the early morning hours. However, when I’m planning a new book, I can write anywhere—in a notebook, scrap paper, whatever is handy, while I’m riding in a car, at a writing conference, wherever and idea pops into my head.Spirit Shapes Cover

After hours of writing, how do you unwind?

Usually by doing work that needs to be done in the house, folding laundry, preparing dinner. (Being a writer is such an exciting life.) At least once a week, hubby and I go to town and see a movie and go out to lunch. I don’t do any writing in the evening. Because I get up early, I usually go to bed early though I may watch a little TV, or a movie, or read.

Another way of unwinding is when we go to a conference or a book festival which we love to do, and we treat the trip like a mini-vacation.


The person who comments on the most blogs on this blog tour will have the opportunity to have a character named after him or her in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting here: http://murderby4.blogspot.com/  and



Published by John M. Wills

Award-winning author and freelance writer. Published ten books in addition to more thant 200 articles, short stories, and poetry. Writing professionally since retiring from the FBI in 2004.

11 thoughts on “A Visit With Author, Marilyn Meredith

  1. I’m enjoying following this tour – you were a few days into it when I discovered and I even went back to beginning – and learning something different about you, the book, Tempe at each and every stop.

    1. Like you, Marilyn, I like to write in the monrings. I find that if I write after dinner at night I can’t get to sleep. I haven’t yet read one of your Tempe books, but I’m going to grab this one. I like your other books very much. They are fast paced, what Iwant a mystery to be.

  2. Always love hearing from you, Marilyn. And this time, got to check out John’s website. Well done, John and Marilyn. Liked the part about conferences being mini-vacations–took me back to our PSWA conferences!


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