THE FABULOUS FRESNO FIVE -- undated photo
All smiles after a presentation in Fresno, Calif. are mystery writers (from left) Marilyn Meredith, who writes the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series; Victoria Heckman, whose series features Honolulu PD officer Katrina Ogden; JoAnne Lucas, co-author of VALLEY FEVER, a collection of short stories set in the Fresno area; Lorie Ham, author of the series featuring gospel singer Alexandra Walters and editor/publisher of the e-zine Kings River Life; Pat Browning, author of ABSINTHE OF MALICE, first in a series.
It’s a pleasure to introduce Marilyn Meredith, a longtime friend from
. We both belonged to San Joaquin Sisters in Crime, headquartered in California . We did book programs together. We showed up at some of the same conventions. Fresno
Marilyn is the author of nearly thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. She’s a member of EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection), three chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of
. She is also on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America . America
Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series:
Dispel the Mist
Calling the Dead
Rocky Bluff P.D. Crime series
An Axe to Grind
(Not currently available)
(Not currently available)
Smell of Death
(At this time the trade paperbacks are only available from the author from this website.)
(Available for this website, Oaktreebooks.com and from Kindle)
Marilyn is a tried-and-true veteran of electronic publishing. While her first e-book could be called accidental, she liked the format so much that she stayed with it. Her e-book KACHINA SPIRIT was a finalist for an Eppie Award, given for the first time in the year 2000 by Electronically Published Internet Connection, or EPIC.
Since that time, other books have been a finalist for the Eppie award, including JUDGMENT FIRE in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series and both NO SANCTUARY and AN AXE TO GRIND in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series which she writes under the name F. M. Meredith.
Writing as F. M. Meredith, she has been compared to Joseph Wambaugh. The cops of her fictional Rocky Bluff PD have lives that extend beyond the chase and the crime scene. They struggle to raise their children, deal with leaky faucets, and pay their mortgages. They have hopes, loves, fears, and nightmares. They come across like real people, with real lives.
HAP AND MARILYN MEREDITH -- A “TEAM” FOR 61 YEARS AND GOING STRONG. Here they are at EPICon 2004, the electronic publishing convention which took place at the Westin Hotel in
Marilyn and her husband Arnold--known as Hap to their friends--met on a blind date 60 years ago. "He was a cute sailor from the Port Hueneme Seabee base and I was a high school senior in Eagle Rock," she recalls. "Three of my friends met me with their dates, also servicemen, and we all took the streetcar to Chinatown in downtown
, where we ate, danced and got acquainted. Los Angeles
"We took a taxi back to one girl's home, where someone was to come and drive me home--about three miles away. When it got late, we decided to walk. It never occurred to me to call my folks. We got home about three A.M. My parents were wild. I asked if Hap could spend the night, since he had no transportation. They let him stay on the couch in the den."
A few months later, Marilyn and Hap were married. Now retired, they live on the
Tule River in Central California's Sierra foothills. Marilyn makes good use of locations in her books. The Rocky Bluff P.D. series is set in a fictional beach community located between California Ventura and . The Deputy Tempe Crabtree series has a striking resemblance to the foothill community where Marilyn lives now and includes the nearby Tule River Indian Reservation. Santa Barbara
Marilyn says her first dealing with an e-publisher happened by accident. “I submitted a book to a publisher, and I didn't know he was an e-publisher until he sent me a contract. I thought, ‘Why not?’ He was a bit before his time, and before hand-held readers. He eventually went out of business.
“My second e-publisher also bit the dust. But then others came into the field with a little more knowledge about formatting the books for the new e-readers, and how to publicize them. And now, of course, nearly everyone is savvy about e-pubs and e-readers.”
Her view of the writing life:
“I have a home office, and I do some form of writing every day. If I wrote for the money, I'd have quit long ago. I write because I have to. The story pops into my head and I have to put it down on paper. There are many perks to writing besides money--the people you meet, both readers and other writers.”
Anything additional you want to share with your readers?
Yes, I'm running a contest. The person who leaves comments on the most blogs will have his/her name used for a character in my next book—the winner can choose if you want it in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery or a Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel.
Thank you, Marilyn, for stopping by, and best of luck with your next book -- I know you're working on something, right?
The view of the Sierra foothills from Marilyn's bedroom balcony!