Welcome, Marilyn, you’ve visited with us before. Refresh our memories and tell us a little bit about Marilyn Meredith.
I use the name F. M. Meredith for my Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. Besides being a writer, I’m a mom, grandma and great-grandma. I’ve been married over 60 years to the cute sailor I met on a blind date and love him far more now. I have many writing friends and love to attend mystery and writing conferences where I know I’ll run into some of them. No one understands a writer better than another writer. I write two series and I’ve written in other genres too. I’ve lost track, but I’ve had more than 35 books published.
You’ve written so many books, tell us about your latest: Murder in the Worst Degree.
Here’s the official blurb: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
Referring to your own work, do you have a favorite book or character?
In this series, I’m particularly fond of Officer Gordon Butler. When I first wrote about him, I had no idea that he’d keep reappearing in future books. He’s always been kind of an underdog. Though he tries to always do the right thing, often that turns out to not work out as he’d expected. And he has troubles with his love life, though things seem to be looking up for him in Murder in the Worst Degree.
I know you’ve been with several publishers. Can you tell us about your current publisher, Oak Tree Press?
I met Billie Johnson, the publisher of Oak Tree Press at a PSWA conference many years ago. I’ve had two other publishers for the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, and when the second one decided to close shop, I asked Billie if she’d be interested in picking it up. She not only has published the new books, she republished the rest of the series.
One question that I frequently get asked is, “Do you prefer printed books or those in an e-format?” What is your preference?
I like both. I usually have two print books I’m reading, and a bunch on my iPad. I usually read the e-books when I’m on a trip. Reading a really long book (think Stephen King) is much better as an e-book because then my wrists don’t get tired holding the book.
After so many books and so many years of writing, what inspires you?
This may sound strange, but I love the people who live in Rocky Bluff—especially the law enforcement officers and their families. The only way to know what is happening with them is to write the next book.
Who are your favorite authors, and do you have a favorite book(s)?
I have many favorite authors and many are my friends, like you, John. Through the years, I’ve read so many books and my love of reading has not dimmed.
Murder in the Worst Degree, buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Worst-Degree-Rocky-Bluff/dp/1610091450/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395675241&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+in+the+worst+degree+by+f.+m.+meredith/
Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used as a character in a book if you comment on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.
Tomorrow I’m visiting Patricia Gligor at http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/