Friday, August 17, 2007

Author Marilyn Meredith Chats with the Boomer Chick

I am honored to host Marilyn Meredith, author of JUDGMENT FIRE, on her virtual book tour here at Boomer Chick! Marilyn is the author of award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest, JUDGMENT FIRE, from Mundania Press, FRINGE BENEFITS, the third in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, with SMELL OF DEATH soon to follow. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC and Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in a small foothill community much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives. Visit her at!

Boomer Chick: Welcome to Boomer Chick, Marilyn! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book, JUDMENT FIRE?

Marilyn: I'm the author of twenty published books and several that are waiting publication. I've been at this crazy business for nearly forty years--in the beginning I was the queen of rejections. Judgment Fire is the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. Tempe investigates the murder of a battered wife, tries to help her disturbed teenaged son, participates in a starlight ceremony, repressed memories of her own troubled teen years come back, and she almost dies in a fire.

Boomer Chick: I love series! Can you tell us why you write series instead of single titles?

Marilyn: Once I started writing about Deputy Tempe Crabtree, her husband and her family, they became so real to me, I wanted to know what was going to happen to them next.

Boomer Chick: What did you teach at Writer’s Digest School?

Marilyn: I taught fiction writing which of course encompassed everything, grammar, plot, dialogue, setting, characters etc. I loved doing it. When Writers Digest switched to on-line classes I decided to put my energy into my own writing.

Boomer Chick: Can you tell us why mysteries are your preferred genre to write?

Marilyn: I love to read mysteries. I like them because the problems get resolved and usually the bad person gets caught in the end--something that doesn't always happen in real life. Since that's what I read mostly, writing them seems to come naturally.

Boomer Chick: Do you have any mystery writers who were your mentors?

Marilyn: No, though I have many that I greatly admire. I did have a writing mentor though who taught me so much. Willma Gore who is now in her 80s and still writing strong.

Boomer Chick: Have you ever thought about writing books outside of your genre and would you recommend it or not?

Marilyn: Actually my first two published books were family historical sagas. From there I went to a supernatural mystery, The Astral Gift. I've written Christian horror and psychological horror--Wishing Makes It So which has won several awards. I have another series too, The Rocky Bluff PD mystery series--the latest is Fringe Benefits.

Boomer Chick: What’s the story behind choosing Mundania Press to publish your book?

Marilyn: My series was first published by a small independent one woman house--sadly, she died. I wanted to find a publisher who was savvy about the publishing business and didn't worry about word count as much as whether or not the story was good. I tend to write short and most of the bigger publishers want more words than what most of novels tend to have. Mundania fit the bill. I'd met one of the publishers at a writers conference and he is very knowledgeable.

Boomer Chick: And, lastly, where can people buy your book?

Marilyn: It's available in the usual places, but if you go to my website: and click on the Buy Now button you can get an automatic 10% discount from the publisher if you buy there.

Boomer Chick: Thank you for coming, Marilyn, and good luck on the rest of your virtual book tour!

Marilyn: Thank you so much for having me.

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