The Best Book I Never Wrote by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Nancy200x300Nancy Lynn Jarvis finally acknowledged she was having too much fun writing to ever sell another house, so she let her license lapse in May of 2013, after her twenty-fifth anniversary in real estate.After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC. She invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries. Real estate details and ideas come from Nancy’s own experiences.

Links:

Amazon Author Page for all books http://tinyurl.com/nkjcg2d

     Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2918242.Nancy_Lynn_Jarvis

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ReganMcHenryRealEstateMysteries?ref=ts

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Right out of the box I have a question for your readers, PJ. How long do you have to wait before you should categorize a book as “The Best Book I Never Wrote?”

 

Readers, if you’re like me, you eavesdrop in restaurants and store checkout lines and make up storylines that incorporate what you hear. I recently went into the ladies restroom at The Mission Ranch Inn (owned by Clint Eastwood) in Carmel. The two bathroom stalls were occupied by friends who were chatting back and forth as they attended to business.

 

“…that’s when I realized I was locked in the bathroom. I pounded on the door, but, of course no one came because they were closing down for the night. There was one small window to the outside and I managed to get it open, but I couldn’t see what was below it or where it lead. Now, I’m small…”

“That you are.”

“so I figured I could squeeze through it. The only thing was I had on a brand new outfit—not an inexpensive one, I might add—of cream colored pants and a matching sweater that I didn’t want to get dirty or worse, ruin, so I took them off.”

 

The two women came out of their stalls. I’d guess they were plus-or-minus eighty years old. The tale-teller continued as they washed their hands, “I couldn’t decide if I should go through the window head first or feet first…”

 

That’s when they left. Well, maybe not a book, but a darn good short story.

 

I don’t have a traditional bucket list, I have a book bucket list so long I’ll need to live to a hundred-and-sixty if I have any hope of writing through it, and it grows almost daily. Yesterday I got a new idea from a friend that I’m sure would make a fabulous book.

 

My friend is a private investigator and a source of many great book ideas and details, a couple that I’ve used, and three that I will at some point use in my Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series. Mostly she finds people and has solved birth parent mysteries, inheritance mysteries, and even a transgender…no I can’t tell you any more about that one because it’s one of her stories that I will use soon.

 

She’s been trying her hand writing a book with chapters for various cases she’s solved. She’ a great story teller, especially when she describes how her mind works as she solves mysteries. I want to read her book! The problem is, she’s bogged down and despairs that she will ever finish it. She says her problem is that she always has theories about what led the people she investigates to do what they did, a back story, if you will. She’d like to talk about her theories, but doesn’t want to write fiction.

 

I suggested—OK begged—her to collaborate with me. She could write a chapter of detective details and I could write a fictional short story to explain them based on her theories. Unfortunately, she’s not on board, which is awful because I’m convinced the book would be fascinating. I haven’t given up hope, but at the moment a collaborative effort with her seems like the best book I never wrote.

 

It’s disappointing, too, because I’ve found writer friends helping one another yields great promotional benefits. I edited a collaborative cookbook called Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes. It was great fun, we all benefited from mutual marketing, and the book continues to introduce readers to new favorite authors even two years after its release.

 

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A Neighborly Killing by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Waking up to gunshots and discovering the body of their neighbor just outside their bedroom door is bad enough, but when the Coroner rules the FrontCoverdeath a suicide, Realtors Regan McHenry and her husband Tom Kiley don’t believe it for a minute. Never mind what the physical evidence says; they heard their dead neighbor arguing with someone in the moments preceding his death.

 

What really happened has become more than just a mystery they’d like to solve because the circumstances of their dead neighbor’s past keep interfering with their present and putting them in danger.

 

A book launch event May 22, 2016 from 3 to 6 pm at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago

DonnaUrbikas 72 dpi Full Color (1)Donna Solecka Urbikas has written a truly unique story of growing up with a mother and sister who had been deported from what was eastern Poland at the start of WWII to labor camps in Siberia and Russia. She grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half-sister endured dehumanizing conditions during the war. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either them.
At four o’clock in the morning of February 10, 1940, Janina Slarzynska and her five-year old daughter, Mira, were taken by Soviet secret police from their small family farm and sent with hundreds of thousands to labor camps in Siberia. So began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape across a continent, and new love amidst terrible circumstances.
After the war, Mira, Janina, and her new husband—a Polish Army officer who had helped them escape the Soviet MSM cover artUnion—are haunted by the past. Baby boomer Donna, born in postwar England and growing up in 1950’s Chicago, yearns for a “normal” American family. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.
Donna Solecka Urbikas had careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer. She is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer, and lives in Chicago with her husband. They have three adult children.
More information including a book trailer, interview, and events can be found on http://www.daunutaurbikas.com
A book launch event is planned for May 22, 2016 from 3 to 6 pm at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL. RSVP donna@danutaurbikas.com

An interview with Maria Grazia Swan

Maria Grazia SwanBestselling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona.

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for–ooh-la-la–haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people and pets find the perfect home.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco–but then, who doesn’t?

www.mariagraziaswan.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MariaGraziaSwan?ref=hl

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What’s the most memorable thing (good or bad) that’s happened to you while promoting your work?

OMG!! I still blush after all the years. Barnes and Noble. One of my first booksigning. The event was covered by the local media. I quickly had to use the restroom before walking to the podium and unfortunately my beautiful flirty chiffon skirt got stuck in my panties, in the back…made for a Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 10.03.23 PMmemorable event..

 

What would you like to share with writers who haven’t reached the point of publication yet?

Never, ever give up. Follow your dream. You never know when lighting will strike.

 

What do you feel is your most effective tool for promoting your published work?

I will have to say word of mouth???

 

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Anything connected to the digital world.

 

Which genres do you prefer to read?

I read mystery because I’m a sucker for a good plot. However, I like anything that’s well written. If the writing catches my fancy, I’m in.

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

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What book is currently on your nightstand?

Marked Masters, Ritter Ames

 

How many books do you read/month?

Two or three, it depends on my schedule.

 

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Bird by Bird. By Annie Lamott it’s my go to bible.

 

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Not really, it changes like everything in life. Maybe I should say that my needs and preferences evolve.

 

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers?

Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews? I do, I do. And I often seek their input. I’ll be nothing without them.

 

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?

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Where can your fans find you?

Not sure about the question. I send out a newsletter, I have a website, Facebook and twitter and Goodreads presence and if all fails, I have a page on Amazon with my e-mail address. I’m easily accessible.

 

Give us a list of your published titles in chronological or series order:

Mina’s series (6 books to date)

Love thy Sister

Bosom Bodies

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Ashes of Autumn

A Cat to Die For

Best in Show

 

Non fiction

Stories my Grandfather told me

Mating Dance-Rituals for singles who weren’t born yesterday

 

Share with us an elevator pitch (no more than 30 seconds) of your latest title:

This is not my latest, but it is the one on sale next two weeks. A Cat to die For

Two Calico cats, almost alike except for one detail. The love of Mina’s life, Diego Moran shows up with a Greek heiress wanting Houdini although she has a look-a- like cat named Zeus.The cat caretaker is found dead. Now the adventure begins…

 

Where can we buy it?

Amazon.com

An interview with Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy speakingNancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, debuted July 2015. Coming soon, in 2016, is the third in the series, Without A Doubt. Silverman also has written a number of short stories, many of them influenced by her experiences growing up in the Arizona desert. For more information visit www.nancycolesilverman.com

 

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How would my friends describe me in 20 words or less?

Okay, I asked some friends and here it what they said, a few more than twenty words, but you’ll get the idea. Creative. Energetic. Positive. Go Getter.  Loyal. Stubborn. Determined. Won’t take no for an answer. Gregarious. Smart, fun. Blonde. Tall. Thin. Center Stage Personality. Outspoken. Team player. Ambitious. Stylish. Practical. Warm. People person. Entrepreneur.

 

Tell me a little about yourself.

I think my friends really nailed it.  Of course, nobody knows the inner most workings or an individual and writers probably more than any others are hard judges on themselves. I fall into that category.  I’m not really a perfectionist, but I am ambitious and determined to see things through to the finish.

 

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Santa Barbara.  My husband and I visit there regularly and love the area.

 

What’s your current guilty pleasure?

Only one?  Travel. Wine. Chocolate. Coffee and the rest is saved the confessional.

 

If you weren’t a writer, what you would be? SHADOW OF DOUBS

I was in broadcasting for 25 years and loved working as journalist and on the business side of radio.  With that under my belt, I suppose if I had to do it again, and I might like to have been an English teacher.  I enjoy reading and teaching the craft of writing.

 

When did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was a child.  I remember penning, or penciling, my first story when I was seven years old. I think that the age kids start to get an idea about who they are and what they’d like to do in life.

 

Who is you mentor? Who do you look up to?

Nora Ephron.  Joyce Carol Oats.

 

Who are your cheerleaders?

My mother and my husband.

 

Aside from writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Cook, entertain and travel and theater. I love the theater.  Growing up I was very active in theater and love to go to plays, particularly musicals.

 

Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?

Yes.  I try to read as much as I can and I sometimes do reviews on Goodreads.com

 

Do you read reviews written about your book?

Yes.  I know it’s not advised but I think if a review is well written, there is much to be gained by reading it.

 

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Yes.

 

What started you on your journey to be a writer?

When I left radio after twenty-five years I founded and published an equestrian newspaper.  For about eight years I covered a lot of equestrian events and between writing about them, I was riding in some of them.  It was great fun, until I had an accident and needed to hang up my stirrups.  It was then I decided to sell the newspaper and start writing fiction.  I’ve never looked back.

 

Do you listen to music while writing?

Yes.  Usually jazz.

 

What are your favorite hobbies?

Reading. Movies. Theater. Music. Hiking. Cooking.

 

With more books being released each month now than ever before, what do you believe sets your work apart from the others?

I’m very passionate about The Carol Childs Mysteries and hear back from readers how authentic the work sounds.  I think it comes from having really worked in the business.  Somehow or other it just radiates onto the page.  Authenticity makes for real character and believable situations.  Those are both memorable and touching to readers.

 

What would you like to share with writers who haven’t reached the point of publication yet?BOOKED IN BURBANK READ

Write.  Write. Write.  You can’t be a musician without practice.  Writing is no different.

 

What do you feel is your most effective tool for promoting your published work?

Myself.  I’m good public speaker and my experience with radio has taught me a lot about working a crowd.  I enjoy it and getting before a group of people and answering questions.

 

What area of book promotion is the most challenging to you?

Online blogs.  There are so many of them and I fear they are not read by as many readers as they are writers looking for answers.

 

Your favorite books and author?

Let’s restate this question with favorite authors.  Titles I sometimes forget, but authors, never:  Stephen King, Sue Grafton, Nora Ephron, Leon Uris, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Janet Evonovich, Harlan Coben…the list goes on.

 

Which genres do you prefer to read?

Mystery, historical fiction.

 

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Missing Mark by Julie Kramer.  I recently heard her speak at a conference and picked up her first book, Killing Sarah and found her both entertaining and as a journalist believable.

 

How many books do you read/month?

If I’m writing, not as many as I’d like.  Maybe only 3 or 4.

 

Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?

I reply to any messages any reader has ever sent.  I think it someone has read my book and takes the time to email me they deserve a reply.

 

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook.

 

Where can your fans find you?

Facebook.

 

Give us a list of your published titles in chronological or series order:WITHOUT A DOUBT front SM

 Shadow of Doubt

Beyond a Doubt

Without a Doubt

 

Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?

I’m currently working on book 4 of the Carol Childs mysteries and I’ve recently finished a couple of short stories.

 

What last thing would you like to share with us that nobody knows about you and your work?

I also write short stories, and I’m currently working an anthology.

The Best Book I Never Wrote by Randy Rawls

Randy Rawls Promo Pic - Hi Rez (1)            Thank you, PJ, for allowing me to visit your blog. I hope you won’t mind if I wander around the hemisphere with this. I notice that one of your topics is “The Best Book I Never Wrote.” Excellent topic—and I have one.

A couple of months ago, I was invited to address high school students. I jumped at the opportunity, then realized this was a new challenge for me. Certainly, my normal spiels would not work. The students would zone out on me quickly. Then, I considered what they could bring to the table that older folks might no longer have. Yeah, energy, but that’s not what I was looking for. What they have that gets stunted by the realities of living life is imagination. Theirs is fresh and uninhibited, not having gone down the dead ends and hit the walls that are yet to come. So, my job would be to stimulate that imagination.

I chose a time travel example. Suppose you could go back in time to the day of Martin Luther King’s assassination. (I chose him because every student gets thoroughly exposed to his life and death.) Suppose you were on the balcony with him, surveying the crowd, then spotted the shooter in the window across the street. You reach to push Dr. King out of the way. What can happen? I went on to lay out four scenarios: 1) You push him away, the bullet misses, and he lives. 2) You push him away, and he tumbles over the railing and falls to his death. 3) You push him, but he’s wounded. 4) You push, but hit air because he has stepped forward. The bullet kills him, but his bodyguards misunderstand your intent.

Take each of these possibilities into the future and imagine its impact on history. How would our country be different? How would your world be different? Yes, I might have been influenced by Stephen King’s 11.22.63. I really don’t know, but my idea worked with the teens. I fielded some interesting comments. And, as I’ve thought back over that day, I discover that I’d really like to write such a book.

One of your other topics is “Writing controversial topics – good or bad idea?” That ties into the above. I suspect that such a book using Dr. King’s death would be extremely controversial. And, while I don’t fear exploring controversial subjects, this is one I’ll probably stay away from. It is difficult in our ultra-PC world of today to write a novel and not touch on someone’s feelings. My critique group is quick to tell me I’ve written something that is not PC. Most of the time I stare at it, not understanding why anyone would take offence. Yet, they see something I don’t.

In my Beth Bowman series, she has a group of allies who are homeless. I single out at least one in each book and give their backgrounds. Some view homelessness as controversial, and might not like my treatment of it.

Another of your topics is “What makes your book/series unique?” I won’t call my stories unique, but the homeless situation is a subject not often explored. I’m not trying to exploit them, but to show them as part of our South Florida population. They are real, but all too often they are invisible. In my latest, DATING DEATH, Beth’s life and actions are once again supported by her homeless friends. Their invisibility (figuratively, not literally) is an asset they use to champion her investigation.

When I saw the topic “Lessons I’ve learned along the way,” I had to smile. I’ve learned so much while writing and publishing a dozen books. I think the number one thing, though, is that no one is born with the talent to write fiction. Some are born with the talent to tell wonderful stories, but writing fiction is an acquired skill. And acquiring that skill requires, among other things, reading, reading, and more reading. When I hear someone say, “I don’t read while I’m writing,” I feel sorry for him or her. First, they are missing so much, and will never be able to get it back. But second, how can they expect to become successful writers if they’re not learning from every book they read. That’s the lesson I offer: Begin reading and never stop.

Promotion has always been (and continues to be) my Achilles’ heel in this business. I’d simply rather spend my time writing than pumping my fist in the air and screaming, “Buy my book!” If someone reads this blog and wants to sample my works, all twelve are available on Amazon. There are three series and one historical. And, after reading, if someone chooses to post a review, I shall be grateful.

Thanks, PJ for allowing me to sound off.

 

 

Randy’s Bio

Randy Rawls lives in Delray Beach, Florida, slap-dab in the middle of paradise. Not only is the weather perfect, but the writing environment is ideal.

Before retiring in Florida, Randy grew up in North Carolina, then spent a career in the Army. After retirement, he returned to work with the Department of Defense as a civilian, the aspect of his career that allowed him to live in Texas, and then led him to South Florida. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with writing. The writing was a natural progression since he has always been an avid reader.

Randy welcomes comments at RandyRawls89@gmail.com.

 

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The Chief of Police of Coral Lakes, FL has the goods on Roger Adamson, a dirty politician. However, the chief knows Adamson has additional information that could bring down a drug lord and disembowel his organization. Chief Elston asks Beth Bowman, a South Florida PI, to assist by becoming Adamson’s consort/bodyguard while Adamson parses out data. Beth agrees, not realizing multiple homicides, a kidnapping, a tight frame for murder, and the loss of the man she loves await her. If not for Beth’s homeless friends, all might be lost.

Writing the 20th Century Historical Novel by Janet Dawson

IMG_8950 (1)Janet  Dawson has written two novels featuring Zephyrette Jill McLeod and eleven novels with Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard. Her first Jeri Howard book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel. It was nominated in the best first category for three mystery awards, the Shamus, the Macavity and the Anthony.

The California Zephyr series, a historical mystery series with Zephyrette Jill McLeod, includes Death Rides the Zephyr and the latest, Death Deals a Hand.

The twelfth book in the Jeri Howard series, Water Signs, will be published by Perseverance Press in spring 2017. Other Jeri Howard books include Till The Old Men Die, Take A Number, Don’t Turn Your Back On The Ocean, Nobody’s Child, A Credible Threat, Witness to Evil, Where The Bodies Are Buried, A Killing at the Track, Bit Player, and Cold Trail. She has written twelve short stories, including Macavity winner “Voice Mail.”

Janet has also written a stand-alone suspense novel, What You Wish For.

In the past, Dawson was a newspaper reporter in Colorado, and her stint as a U.S. Navy journalist took her to Guam and Florida. As an officer in the Navy, she was stationed in the San Francisco Bay Area. After leaving the Navy, Dawson worked in the legal field and at the University of California.

Dawson is a long-time member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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I write a historical mystery series set aboard a train called the California Zephyr. The time frame of Death Rides the Zephyr is December 1952. Death Deals a Hand takes place in April 1953.

 

How can the Fifties be historical? I must admit the era doesn’t seem that far distant to me. I was alive back then. However, 1953 was more than sixty DeathDealsHand_c1_hi-res (1)years ago. Dwight Eisenhower had just been elected president. The Korean War was raging. It had been less than eight years since the end of World War II.

 

My protagonist, Jill McLeod, is a Zephyrette, a train hostess. Her job was to keep an eye on the passengers and whatever was going on aboard the train. The Zephyrettes were the only female members of the train’s crew. They were resourceful, observant, and unflappable – excellent qualifications for a detective.

 

The California Zephyr, jointly operated by three railroads, ran daily trains between San Francisco and Chicago, one eastbound, one westbound. The journey took two-and-a-half days. Also called the Silver Lady because of its shiny stainless steel cars, the train operated from 1949 to 1970.

 

The post-World War II era was the heyday of the luxurious trains known as streamliners. But it wouldn’t last. Societal changes such as air travel, interstate highways, and the American love affair with the car made trains less viable to travelers.

 

Traveling on the Silver Lady was a wonderful journey, though. Imagine sitting in the elevated Vista-Dome, with its 360-degree view of the spectacular Feather River Canyon in California’s Sierra Nevada, or winding through Colorado canyons for 238 miles beside the Colorado River. Imagine sleeping in your comfortable roomette or bedroom aboard a Pullman car. Think about eating in the dining car at a table set with white tablecloth, china, silver flatware, and flowers in a vase.

 

For the journey between San Francisco and Chicago, the most expensive berth on the train, the drawing room, cost $62.95. A fried chicken entrée in the dining car cost $3.50. Remember, though, than an excellent yearly salary in 1952 was about $5,000.

 

I write the California Zephyr books surrounded by photocopies of timetables, price sheets and menus that tell me what food was available in the dining car and the coffee shop aboard the Silver Lady, and how much it cost.

 

While researching the first book, Death Rides the Zephyr, I interviewed two former Zephyrettes, one of whom had been riding the rails in the early Fifties. What would the conductor do, I asked, if confronted with the murder of a passenger? Would he radio ahead to the next station, to ask that the authorities meet the train?

 

The former Zephyrette smiled and shook her head. Radio from the train to a station in 1952? No, that didn’t happen. The technology didn’t exist at that time. The conductor would stop the train and the brakeman, another member of the onboard crew, would climb up a telegraph pole, tap into the wires and send a Morse code message to the next station. Now that we live in a world where cell phones, email and text messages are ubiquitous, Morse code is hard to imagine.

 

Another aspect of writing the 20th century historical novel is looking at societal roles and how they were back then. Sexism and racism were pervasive. The Zephyrettes, who were young, unmarried women in their twenties, often had to fend off the attentions of male passengers. If a Zephyrette got married, she lost her job.

 

The porters who catered to the needs of the passengers in the Pullman cars were overwhelmingly African American, as were the waiters and cooks in the dining car. These members of the train crew were likely to be called “boy,” and worse, by the white passengers. My challenge was to convey this, to give the readers a sense of what it was like to live and work in these times – and not overwhelm the story.

 

I wish I had a time machine. I’d travel back to 1953 and take the California Zephyr from San Francisco to Chicago, just to see what it was like. But I don’t have that time machine, so research and recollections will have to suffice.

 

Why, with all your varied experiences did you choose to write mysteries? by Marilyn Meredith

Me at Madera LibraryThis the first stop on my blog tour for my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, A Crushing Death. PJ asked me this question—“Why, with all your varied experiences did you choose to write mysteries?”

The main reason I’ve had “varied experiences” is because I’ve been around for such a long time.

I grew up in a community of Los Angeles called Eagle Rock. I’ve always been a voracious reader and as a child I loved Nancy Drew mysteries. I graduated from them to many adult books, but remember that I also enjoyed the historical gothics.

A blind date with a cute sailor changed the direction of my life. We married despite everyone’s warnings that it wouldn’t last. How wrong they were. We lived in Maryland and Virginia and finally settled in Oxnard CA where hubby was stationed at the Port Hueneme Seabee Base. By the time we had our third child we bought a home and raised all of our five kids there.

My reading moved on to the many mystery novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner and I read a lot of romances given to me by my next door neighbor. I also worked at many jobs: telephone operator, teacher in a pre-school for kids with developmental disabilities, day care center teacher in low-income areas, in a pre-school where I was the only one who wasn’t fluent in Spanish—I did speak Spanish but my students all learned English quickly.

While in Oxnard I wrote two historical family sagas based on my own family’s genealogy and started the process of submitting them to publishers, receiving many rejections and doing lots of rewriting.

We moved to the foothills of the Sequoia and took over a licensed facility for 6 women with developmental disabilities. The first year we were here, I received an acceptance letter for the first of the sagas. I thought I was on my way to being famous. Didn’t happen. I was woefully uneducated about the needed promotion.

(We continued working as residential care providers for over 20 years and during that time I planned and taught training classes for other Administrators, and put out a newsletter about residential care for administrators—and still do.)

I decided to write mysteries, and the first one contained characters and some of my experiences working in one of the day care centers—and it was my first book to have a police officer in it that was published. However, I had started to write the first Rocky Bluff mysteries before we left the coastal area.

I’ve used many of my experiences and the places I’ve lived and even some of the people I’ve known over the years in my mysteries—of course sprinkled with lots of imagination.

A Crushing Death Blurb:

A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.A Crushing Death Right

Bio:

  1. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother , grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she is counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.

Website: http://fictionforyou.com

Blog: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

Facebook: Marilyn Meredith

Twitter: MarilynMeredith

Contest: Once again, the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour, can have a character named after them in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery. Tomorrow you can find me here:

http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/

Buy link http://www.amazon.com/Crushing-Death-Rocky-Bluff-P-D/dp/1610092260/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457618775&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Crushing+Death+by+F.M.+Meredith