Friday, November 14, 2014

Marilyn Meredith and The Supportive Writers' Community

Today I have the honor of hosting Marilyn Meredith, the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest of which is 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. 

You can visit Marilyn at and her blog at Marilyn is currently participating in a multi-week blog tour during which she's hosting a contest. 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 Marilyn's next book named after them, or choose to receive an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.

The Supportive Writers’ Community

Many folks outside of the writing community don't understand how writers help one another--especially mystery writers

One of the main reasons it happens, in my opinion, is that we understand things about being a writer that outsiders don't, like:

1. Being compelled to write even though the chances of becoming famous or even making much money are slim.

2. Writing isn't easy.

3. A writer must spend a lot of time alone in front of his/her computer.

4. A good part of that time may not be working on the next book, but doing a lot of promoting so people will know about the last book you wrote.

Writers not only understand what each one is going through, but they support one another in many ways.

1. They buy and read one another's books.

2. They write reviews for other writers’ books.

3. They help writers with their promotion. (Like right now, my being on Mary Welk's blog.)

4. They willingly share experiences and advice in matters of publishing and promotion.

Best of all, when we do finally meet in person, we probably will become instant friends. This has happened to me so many times and even though we don’t see each other often, when we do run into one another at a conference or convention, it’s a bit like a family reunion.

I have a friend who is an avid mystery reader and he once asked me, “How can you all be friends when you are in competition with one another?”

Though there are a few exceptions, the majority of us love reading one another’s books and we enjoy hanging out together when the opportunity arrives—even though these times may be few.
When we do, there is no lull in the conversation.

Most of us are thrilled when we hear about one among us who has received recognition for his or her work. I think it’s because we all know the effort and sometimes, the sacrifices that went into the creation of that particular book.

And as an added tidbit. Mary and I met at Mayhem in the Midlands in Omaha long ago. We’ve seen each other at other mystery cons and enjoyed one another’s company. When hubby and I went to Love is Murder in Chicago, Mary took us to her home for a fun visit. We’ll never forget it, snow and all.


P.S. You can find me tomorrow hanging out with Thelma Straw on the  She asked me to explain where I get my energy.

Blurb 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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  1. Yes, it's very true that mystery writers will go out of their way to help one another. We're not competitive in that sense, and are eager to help each other and share what we've learned.

  2. First, thank you Mary, for hosting me today. We've had a special connection despite me living in a mountain community in California and you in Chicago--a connection that began in Omaha.

    And thank you, Morgan, for stopping by. You're another one who has supported me many times along the way.

    1. Always happy to host you here on Cicero's Children, Marilyn. You are one of my heroes with all you've done in your life, not to mention I really love your books. Have a good week, and give Hap a hug from me. :)

  3. Of course that comment from the Stiletto Gang, was from me. I always manage to goof somehow or other.

  4. Good post, Marilyn, and oh so true! Especially the part about being supportive and meeting authors and there's an instant connection. In line with that thought, also nice to meet you Mary--I'm from Chicago, born and raised there, and my "maiden" (if that's still a term used!) name is Rhodes, and my latest book (out in about a month or so) is called Rhodes -- The Mojave Stone. So, of course, Mary, I'm going to have to meet Caroline Rhodes! Great blog tour you're having Marilyn...


    1. Thanks for posting Madeline. Wondering if anyone recognizes the authors and husbands in the photos. Of course there's Hap and me, Jan Burke and her husband, Tim, Radine and her husband, John and hate to admit it but I've forgotten the other's names.

    2. Seems we have a lot in common, Madeline. :) Now I'm going to have to look up your books!

  5. Marilyn describes the bond between writers so well. Mary, thank you for hosting her today. Marilyn and Mary, if I ever have the chance to meet you in person, it will be a very happy day!

  6. So true Marilyn. I've always felt excited when some author I know gets a big contract or wins. Recently, one author I knew before he published his first book got a movie contract. I was ecstatic. I've met a few "bad apples" along the way who seem jealous rather than enthusiastic for other authors' wins. They seem to disappear quickly from the writing scene and they sure don't get support from other writers. They are in the minority.

  7. Hi, Linda--wow, a movie contract, that would be something! Glad you found me today!

  8. I consider both you, Marilyn, and Mary among my friends for exactly the reasons you mentioned. Excellent post, and thank you!
    Marja McGraw

  9. You echo my experience, Marilyn. Our voices and our approaches to stories differ greatly so there is no feeling of competition.