Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Today I'd like to welcome Marilyn Meredith to Cicero's Children. Marilyn is a good friend of mine, an excellent writer and someone I admire for her life-long service to those less fortunate than she. Marilyn's Deputy Tempe Crabtree series grabbed me from the start due to her great characters, unique setting, and intriguing plots. Her latest book is called DISPEL THE MIST. And now, without further ado, here's Marilyn!
Thanks, Mary! People always ask me why I go to mystery conventions and conferences.
My primary reason has always been to enjoy myself—and I always do on several levels.
Meeting new people and making friends is one of the big pluses at any con. Mary Welk is one of the people that I first met at Mayhem in the Midlands and I spent time with her at other Mayhem’s and at Malice too. That was my husband’s favorite conference because Mary’s husband guided him around to the Smithsonian Airplane Museums. We also had a great time at Love is Murder in Mary’s backyard in Chicago. (Well, not literally her backyard—but she did take hubby and me to visit her home and we saw her backyard all covered in snow.)
We’ve gone to many of the bigger cons, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime—along with some of the smaller writing conferences like Epicon and the Public Safety Writer Association where we’ve made friends not only with mystery writers but police officers and firemen. Great sources for expertise on law enforcement and firefighting.
And, here I must mention that I’ve used Mary’s expertise concerning medical issues more than once. Though I know other nurses, Mary is an expert when it comes to emergency room procedures too.
Hubby and I also enjoy going to cons because they are held all over the country and traveling to them has given us the opportunity to see places we’ve never visited. I won’t bother listing them all, but one of the highlights for me was attending both Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon when they were held in Alaska. I met a Native woman who I’ve kept in contact with and even spent a few days with at her home in Wasilla.
Most writers seem to go to conventions to promote their latest book—and of course I do that too. However, not being a big name author, I’m never going to sell enough books to offset the cost of traveling to a convention and the related expenses.
Of course as I attend next year’s cons, I’ll be telling everyone about my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Dispel the Mist. I had such a wonderful time researching this one and learning all about the Tule River Indian’s legendary Hairy Man. Though he is similar to Big Foot he is not as well known, but there is an eight-foot tall pictograph of him in a rock shelter on the Tule River Indian Reservation. It is the only known pictograph of any Big Foot creature in California.
While my heroine, Tempe, investigates the murder of a popular county supervisor she has an encounter with the Hairy Man.
The legends surrounding the Hairy Man are delightful as well as the stories told by locals of sightings. Is the Hairy Man a fictional character or is he real? Read Dispel the Mist and judge for yourself. It is available from the publisher at http://www.mundaniapress as an e-book or trade paperback as well as other bookstores.
Thank you, Mary, for allowing me to visit your blog today.