Why I Keep on Writing

Marilyn Meredith 2Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest River Spirits from Mundania Press. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

Since I haven’t become a well-known mystery writer and I don’t make a lot of money, there are plenty of people who wonder why I spend so much time writing.

I do have friends who were writing that have given up just for the above reasons. I had another friend who was a wonderful writer, but couldn’t take criticism or rejection. I’ve been rejected many, many times—but though each time was a disappointment, I never considered giving up.

As for criticism, I’ve learned from criticism, constructive and not so constructive. I’ve belonged to the same critique group since 1981, though the members have changed over the years, I’d be disappointed if they didn’t critique the manuscript pages that I read to them. In fact, I consider them my first editor. That doesn’t mean I change everything the way they suggest, but often what they’ve said gives me a better idea or way to write a passage.

Yes, it would be great to be well-known, but I’m proud of the fans I do have. When someone either writes to me or lets me know in some way that they’ve enjoyed one of my books, that’s made all the time I’ve spent writing worthwhile.

And about the money, I seldom make as much as I spend on promotion. No one is paying my way to attend conferences or drive to a book festival or a panel in a far-away city—or the cost of staying in a hotel. My husband and I have learned to turn these little jaunts into mini-vacations.

What would I do if I wasn’t a writer? I don’t know, but it would leave a big hole in my life.

I love writing about the characters I’ve come to know and love. If I didn’t write about them, I wouldn’t know what happens to them next. I enjoy being in a world where I know what everyone is thinking and how each will react to certain situations (most of the time.) Though the bad guy, or girl, doesn’t always get what’s coming to him or her in real life, you can be sure they will in my novels.

If you want to know the truth, writing is somewhat of an addiction. It’s something I’m compelled to do—something I derive great satisfaction and joy from.


River SpiritsBlurb for River Spirits:

While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

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The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog
posts during the tour.
He or she can either have a character in my
next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the
Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.

Tomorrow you can find me at Thonie Hevron’s
Just the Fact’s Ma’am
My Topic, The Use of Cop Lingo—or Not.