F. 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 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 is on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.
Anyone who knows me in-person or even as a friend on the Internet probably won’t believe that I was ever an introvert. I’m quite willing to get up and speak in public almost anywhere and about anything I’m passionate about—especially topics to do with writing or books.
I once quivered and suffered nervous attacks when I knew I had to give a speech, or even when attending a social engagement where I might not know anyone.
The first step to healing was when I became PTA president and the woman I took over for told me not to worry, there wasn’t anyone who wanted to be in my place. Four years of presiding over PTA certainly helped me be able to talk in front of people.
As for going to places where I might not know anyone, attending writers’ and mystery conferences and conventions are what helped me get over that fear. It didn’t take long for me to see there were plenty of people who were as scared as I was, if not more so, and that’s who I reached out to. Over the years, I’ve made many close friends with both readers and writers I reached out to in an unfamiliar place. I also learned that making friends with readers was the smart thing to do if I wanted new people to read my books.
It didn’t take me long to figure out when I was asked to participate in a forum with other authors—some much more famous than I’ll ever be—that if I can make people laugh, they’ll seek me out and buy my books.
You may wonder why I said “an almost cured introvert.” The reason is at times I have to make myself go to an event when it’s so much easier to stay home. However, I’ve come to realize that I’ll have a good time and I’ll meet many interesting people. With a smile on my face, I know I’ll make new friends.
Does anyone else have this kind of problem?
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