Marilyn Meredith's Blog (15)

New PSWA Newsletter Available

You can go the Public Safety Writers Association site and click on newsletter to read the latest edition. While there, take a look at the information about the conference.

It's a good one. Be sure to sign up before March 31.


Added by Marilyn Meredith on February 20, 2009 at 2:21am — No Comments

Indians Create New Gathering Spot

We live very close to the Tule River Indian Reservation. With the advent of their casino (small by most Indian casino standards) life for these Native Americans has been a change for the better. The reservation is tucked away in a narrow valley between huge mountains. The reservation has more acreage than any other California reservation. However, much of it is inaccessible and includes part of an old growth Sequoia forest.

The Indians now have their own health clinic, a modernized… Continue

Added by Marilyn Meredith on December 28, 2008 at 2:50am — 5 Comments

Fall Newsletter Available on PSWA website

The fall issue of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA) is now available on the website:

The website also contains information about the writing contest–be sure to read the article in the newsletter written by the contest chairperson–and the PSWA conference coming in July of 2009. There is an early-bird price break on the registration fee until September 30. I hope a lot of you will take advantage of this.

I’ve been a member of PSWA… Continue

Added by Marilyn Meredith on September 4, 2008 at 3:25am — No Comments

Playing Catch Up

It's been a long while since I blogged here. So it's time to catch up a bit.

My latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery is now available from as an e-book and trade paperback. This is the back cover blurb:

Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband.

Kindred… Continue

Added by Marilyn Meredith on August 24, 2008 at 4:49am — No Comments

Convention Junkie

I confess, I'm a convention junkie. Already this year I've been to Chicago for Love is Murder in February, to Epicon in Portland OR in March, tomorrow I'm leaving for Las Vegas and the Public Safety Writers conference, May will find me in Omaha at Mayhem in the Midlands. I have two more in the fall.

Next year I'm going to have to decide just which one of the cons will be the most beneficial--or that I'll most enjoy since this is the last year I'm going to be teaching part-time which… Continue

Added by Marilyn Meredith on April 23, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

My First Review for Smell of Death

I'm floating on air--this is a terrific review. I have permission from the reviewer to post where I please.

"Full of suspense, realistic, and sprinkled with a light touch of romance, Smell of Death by F.M. Meredith is a sure hit for crime fiction fans.

The latest in Meredith's Rocky Bluff P.D. series, finds Officer Stacey Wilbur called to the home of Darlene Brantley. Upon entering the home, Wilbur finds Brantley dead, and in a strange twist of events,…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on February 16, 2008 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Luv is Murder

Next week, hubby and I head off to Chicago to attend Luv is Murder. It will be our first time at this one. Most everyone I know thinks we are crazy to go to Chicago at this time of year--especially with the way the weather has been.

We live in California and the weather has been interesting here too. We're in the foothills and the snow was down to about 1500 feet and we live at 1000--so the hills were covered and we could see the snow on the mountains beyond. Supposed to rain tonight…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on January 25, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

What is a "Legitimate" Author?

Recently, the Bouchercon committee posted their minutes from their last meeting which was held at Bouchercon in Anchorage. The chairperson of that Bouchercon is reported to have said the "big name" authors didn't come because so many small press and self-published authors did. I was there and yes, I'm one of the small press authors--but I saw lots of big names. Frankly, if numbers were down it was because of the cost of going to Anchorage IMHO.

The committee then went on to say that…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on November 21, 2007 at 1:32am — 4 Comments

Finding an Error in Your Latest Published Book

Nothing like having a reviewer burst your euphoria about having a new book out by letting you know about an error on one of the pages. Actually I appreciated her doing that. Ironically, I got the message on my Blackberry while I was in Tampa at the WOW conference. My editor was there too and I told him. What he's decided to do is correct the error and issue a second edition.

I have copies of the "first edition" of Judgment Fire with the mistake and I am offering them to…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on September 19, 2007 at 12:41pm — No Comments

The Frustrations of the Writing Business

I am busily promoting the latest book in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Judgment Fire. My book launch is scheduled for this Saturday at our local Visitors Center. The publisher just okayed the proofs for the printer last Friday. The books were printed on Monday, the left the printer and using UPS tracking, I learned they had reached California this morning. Now, if nothing goes wrong, they should arrive on my doorstep tomorrow or the next day. Talk about…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on August 8, 2007 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Don't Forget to Enter My Contest

I hope a lot of you are busily thinking up ideas for a victim or murderer in my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. The details are in the blog before this one.

Yesterday, I attended the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime which meets in Fresno. Patricia Smiley was the guests author--and I was glad to meet her and bought two of her books. She was an entertaining speaker and very friendly.

Next month, I'll be doing a panel with two other authors about working with small…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on July 9, 2007 at 9:17am — No Comments

New Contest/Free Books

Submit an idea for a murder victim or villain to be used in Marilyn Meredith next mystery novel.


The first five books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. The first one is trade paperback,

the other four are mass market paperback. They are all mysteries.

About the book series:

Tempe Crabtree is a Native American female deputy in a small mountain

community in the Southern Sierra of California called Bear…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on June 26, 2007 at 9:54am — No Comments

Home Again

What a vacation! We are usually only gone for a weekend with a day or two on either side. This time we were gone for about ten days. We had a great time. The down side was coming home to a stack of phone messages to return and a foot high stack of mail.

Mayhem as usual was great fun! We had Thursday a.m. to visit the Heritage Museum. Chose that over the zoo because it was pouring rain. For lunch, we went to our favorite Ahmad’s Persian Restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. Ahmad…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on June 4, 2007 at 8:38am — No Comments

What's Been Going On

Though I’ve managed to catch up on most of my work, and my latest manuscript in progress is now in the second go-round of editing by me, things will once again start moving at a fast pace.

Here’s some of the fun stuff that I’ve managed to squeeze in. I spent a late afternoon visiting over appetizers with Becca Buckley, the organizer of WOW (Wizards of Words) and Heather Howard, the author of The Chore Whore. We were celebrating the fact that Heather’s book may be made…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on May 16, 2007 at 9:54am — No Comments

Trying to work on WIP and do promotion

Being an author is difficult. Yes, I do have a book in progress, my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. Besides that I'm writing a Blog on this great new Crime Space--part of promotion. I spent some time today working on the Public Safety Writers Association's (formerly Police Writers Association) conference which will be this April. Anyone interested in attending, it's April 19 through 22 in Las Vegas. (Go to for more…


Added by Marilyn Meredith on March 24, 2007 at 3:33pm — No Comments

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