Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Spunky Marilyn Meredith Is Having Too Much Fun to Retire!


Marilyn Meredith Says:
Having Way Too Much Fun to Retire

Marilyn Meredith as a flower girl
 I’ve retired from other jobs, but I’m certainly not ready to retire from writing and promoting.

Some people think writing is a nice quiet job for a senior—let me tell you it is far from that.

Marilyn Meredith and hubby, Hap, on Wedding Day

I was a grandmother when I went on my first ride-along. I’ve been on two more since then. I’ve flown all over the country to attend writer and mystery cons, sometime with my husband sometimes not.

The “not” was twice when I flew to Alaska. The first time I flew from Anchorage to Bethel in a commuter plane, and was picked up in a suburban and driven on a frozen river to a school in a small village. The second time I hitched a ride from Anchorage with someone I’d just met to go to Wasilla. There I stayed with a friend I made on the first trip. One of my days there I spent at a middle school talking to every class about how to write a mystery.

I’m still the newsletter editor for the California Residential Services Association for administrators of licensed care homes and I continue to do consulting for them.

One of the most satisfying and fun jobs I have, though really time consuming, is planning the yearly writing conference for the Public Safety Writers Association. Through this organization I’ve made friends with people in the FBI and every other sort of law enforcement agency you can think of and lots of mystery writers.
Marilyn with hubby, Hap, in church


At their conference, my hubby of 61 years helps with the book selling and I think he enjoys everyone as much as I do.

We now have 18 grandkids and 13 great-grands. We love spending time with our kids and their offspring. The one thing we have retired from is babysitting.





Marilyn Meredith's current
mystery release
About Raging Water:  Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s  investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.

CONTEST: The person who leaves comments on the most blogs will have his/her name used for a character in my next book—can choose if you want it in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery or a Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel.



Marilyn Meredith
is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. 


Visit Marilyn Meredith at http://fictionforyou.com and follow her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

Please leave a comment to welcome Marilyn Meredith to Spunky Senior Authors and Talents.


28 comments:

  1. Love those photos you sent, Marilyn! Welcome to Spunky Senior Authors and Talents!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://www.morganmandel.com

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  2. You can certainly see me aging through the years, but I do love what I do. Thanks for hosting me--again.

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  3. I loved reading about your life, experiences, and the fact that your hubby is with you to enjoy the fun. Re: baby sitting; it's time I retired from that sweet task. As one Spunky Senior to another please tell my youngest daughter, please.
    Charmaine is a good name for a character in your next book. Be my guest.
    Success and good health, Marilyn and you too,Morgan. You're the best.

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  4. Oooh, I love the name Charmaine! The only ones young enough to need babysitting are the last batch of great-grands and I can't run fast enough to catch them.

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  5. Loved the young picture! What a cutie! You still are. (Both of you!)

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  6. Always enjoy seeing photos. Wedding photo is a classic. You showed me another new blog-many thanks.

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  7. Hi, Lorna, can't even remember being that young.

    Jake, I do remember my wedding day. I loved my dress--moths got it.

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  8. I love that flower girl picture, Marilyn. How adorable. You never cease to amaze me with how busy you are. Keep up the great work.

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  9. I love those pictures, Marilyn. What a lovely young girl you were, and you looked so thrilled to be a flower girl.

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  10. What a precious flower girl!!! Thanks for sharing, Marilyn.

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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  11. Thanks, Maryann and Monti--that was a long, long time ago!

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  12. Marilyn, you are my idol and the spunkiest senior I know. You're a terrific role model for everyone!

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  13. Oh, Cindy, thanks a bunch. I'd get a swell head, but I'd probably have a problem balancing.

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  14. Like they say, growing older isn't for sissies, and you're definitely not a sissie. Cindy is right, you're a terrific role model. (By the way, I lived in Wasilla for a brief time.)

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  15. Hey, hey Marja. Never knew you lived in Wasilla. I was there in September and the snow line came down lower everyday. My hostess, a Native, told me it would soon be time for snow tires. I had a great time staying at her house and had a couple of meals with her family. Twice we went out to eat together and she took me to the museum in Anchorage. Fond memories.

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  16. Marilyn,

    What a great post. I love the pictures - especially your wedding photo (that's the romance author side of me.)

    Your tenacity with your writing career is remarkable. I don't know where you get your energy!

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  17. I enjoyed your post. I'm right there with you about the babysitting!

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  18. Hey, Kathy, thanks for stopping by. Truly, I really don't have that much energy. I go like a house afire early in the day--only ashes bey evening.

    And Liz, thanks for the comment. I babysat and even raised a couple of grandkids while having my own business, but can't do that anymore. See, I do put my foot down about some things.

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  19. As usual, you're entertaining. I've already passed along your comment that you've retired from baby sitting.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Yep, can't chase those two-year old anymore.

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  20. Loved the post, Marilyn, and really enjoyed the pictures. Hap was quite a good looking guy when you married him, but I do believe he's even more handsome now (and you can tell him that from me!). We had our 3-year-old grandson here yesterday, and you're right -- those little ones are hard to keep up with now. I told him he wore me out and I had to take a nap. Well, he crawled right up on the bed with me. Needless to say, neither one of us napped. :) Keep writing -- I do enjoy your books.

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    1. Hi, Mary. I think Hap is handsome now too--but oh, was I smitten when I met him.

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  21. Hi Marilyn. We both married sailor boys! And they both grew up. Except yours has more white hair. Love this post.

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    1. Thank you, Norma, I had fun writing it. Yes, it's a good thing they grew up. Mine honey's hair is thinning, but he does have some.

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  22. You are my idol and my inspiration, Marilyn, in all things!

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    1. Oh, Jacqueline, thank you, thank you. Never think of myself as any kind of inspiration.

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  23. So glad I decided to stop by again, so many of you posted since my last visit. This was a fun stop.

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