Thursday, October 1, 2015

Marilyn Meredith thank you for visiting my blog site, Wild About Fiction. The message you gave to all of us was insightful. There were some technical problems but we finally got your post up and hopefully the next time you want to visit it will go smoother. All best on your new Tempe release.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Glitch on my blog

Due to a glitch with my blog site, Marilyn Meredith's guest post didn't present until late today, 25th. Please take time now to scroll down and read her great post.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

She's here....Marilyn Meredith presents

Marilyn Meredith has so graciously agreed to post on my Wild About Fiction Blog today. Welcome Marilyn. I know your post will present my readers with great insights to writing a mystery.  Thank you for sharing with us. (Check out the copy cover for Marilyn's new book below her post.)

Keeping a Mystery Series Fresh

The publisher and I count the number of books in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series differently—I say the latest, Not as it Seems, is number 15 because I’m counting the prequel and they don’t. (Well they do, but on their website it says it’s number 0.) Either way, it’s a lot of books. Some series end with three or four.

One big reason I keep writing about Tempe Crabtree is because I really care about my characters and want to see what’s going to happen to them next. They’ve become like family, and the only way I’ll know what’s going on in their lives is to write the next book.

Most of the series is set in the fictional town of Bear Creek and the whole mountain area above and below it, including the nearby Indian reservation. In this particular mystery, Tempe and her pastor husband Hutch are in Morro Bay (California) to celebrate son, Blair’s wedding. A new setting and many new places for Tempe and Hutch to visit while she attempts to solve a murder.

In a much earlier book, Tempe, using an Indian ritual, called back the dead to find out the truth about a murder and suicide. Since that time, she’s been visited by spirits of the dead including some from long ago. Of course, this happens to her again in a totally new way.

Tempe and Hutch have a good marriage, but sometimes Tempe’s persistence tries her husband’s patience. I like to write about the difficulties in even a great marriage and I believe it adds authenticity to their relationship. To Hutch, family is more important than anything else. But once Tempe is on the trail of a killer she won’t give up, no matter how many dead ends she encounters.

Like any series, I need to find someone to kill who has several people who might want the person dead or at least out of the way. And if possible, find a new means of murder.

Tempe will find herself in mortal danger, but being a strong female, she’ll save herself and solve the crime. That’s the kind of book I like to read, and I hope others do too.

--Marilyn Meredith

Not as It Seems Blurb:

Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.

Character Naming Contest:
Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.

Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Libby McKinmer’s and answering the question How Important is it that Tempe Crabtree is an Indian?

How Important is it that Tempe Crabtree is an Indian?

Marilyn Meredith now lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Counting down the days until multi-published author Marilyn Meredith will be visiting Wild About Fiction on September 25th... 

Marilyn, the author of the Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, as well as the Rocky Bluff PD Series will be talking to us about how to keep a mystery series fresh.

 You can use the concepts Marilyn shares in her post with any genre you might be writing. Just tweak them to fit the vision you have for your work in progress.

Here is Marilyn's latest book. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Multi-published Author, Marilyn Meredith...

I am thrilled to let you know that multi-published author, Marilyn Meredith will be touring my blog on September 25th.

Marilyn writes the Tempe Crabtree series, (my fav), which tells the tales of a female deputy sheriff in a small mountain town. Tempe is of Native American heritage and believes in and follows many of her people's spiritual beliefs. Her husband on the other hand is a Christian Minister, so sometimes there's a clash between there spiritual perceptions. This only make the read so much more interesting. And of course, there is always a crime to be solved.

Marilyn also writes Police Procedural novels under the name F.M. Meredith. Check out her Rocky Bluff'll fall in love with her characters in these books.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Old Times were the best...

A friend of mine brought over a couple of old "magazines" to me. He explained that his father-in-law, many years ago had written stories that had been published in these publications of long ago. I wanted to share with you one of the that features Cowboy-Life Romances. Is that not right up my alley? I wish this publication was still around, I'd sure like to write something for it. The picture here was the January, 1949 edition.  And, talk about bodice-ripper covers!
Here's a close up

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Marketing Plan...

On the downhill slide to finalize my Personal Marketing Plan in the event I need one to submit with my manuscript of Stone Oak .

Of course, any publisher will do all they can to help market my book, but they also want to know I am willing to do some of the work as well. Rightly so.  As my wise son always says, "If you don't believe in you...who will?"

Not having done a personal marketing plan before, I asked the help of some writer friends who have been involved with marketing (not just books) in the past.  Thanks to my WOW group for all your suggestions, and especially to Sandra.  Most helpful.

Now to compile all these ideas and formulate a plan that fits my novel and my own efforts.  Will be working on this today and getting it in a final draft to present with the submission of Stone Oak, if necessary.

It's been a learning process, for sure, but so exciting to have all these thoughts and concepts whirling around in my head...and knowing in the not so distant future I could be totally involved in carrying them out.  Whoo Hoo!

Hope you all are reading a good book, or writing one.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready to Submit...Almost

July 13, 2015

I have been very busy since the end of March and my return from the California Dreamin' Conference polishing up the manuscript for my novel Stone Oak. It took longer than I thought...doesn't it always? However, after fighting with Microsoft Word for days to get the formatting right and keep it in place, I have one single document ready to submit. 

 My 2 page short synopsis is complete and all I have left to do is design a personal marketing plan (in case my targeted publisher asks for one). I have some friends who, I hope, can assist me on this. My intention is to have the manuscript with all required attachments ready by the end of this week.

Then the waiting begins. The sweat beads on the forehead, the clammy palms, heart palpitations, sleepless nights, upset stomach and wringing of hands until I hear the outcome. I am hopeful, but also realistic to a point. Any publishing company views thousands of manuscripts weekly. Mine will have to stand out and even though it was praised after a pitch session, I know the pitch may have been well received and yet my story in full manuscript may not hit the mark. It is always a possibility, however, I choose to believe my novel will live up to my pitch in the eyes of my targeted publisher.

So, with great expectations and happy thoughts, I will send off my novel, Stone Oak. Fingers and toes crossed.  Wish me luck, my friends.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Good News

     Thought you might want to hear what happen at the California Dreamin' Conference.  My scheduled pitch session was with Jill Limber of Boroughs Publishing. When I met up with her on Saturday to pitch Stone Oak, also at the table was the CEO and President of Boroughs, Michelle Klayman. Did that make me more than nervous...oh, yeah!
     Well, what did I have to lose, I told myself. So, I took a deep breath and presented my pitch...and they liked it.
     I was told to polish my manuscript and then they would be interested in seeing it .Needless to say, I am feverishly working my way chapter by chapter to get Stone Oak in the best shape I can. 
        I intend to do more research regarding Boroughs Publishing. While they are interested in my novel, it is important that I feel they are a good fit for my story and for me. That is part of the author's job. Then I'll submit to the publisher I feel is the most compatible with my style of writing.

     At least I can see the door to publication. Will it swing open wide? Only time will tell.
     I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Packed and on my way...

My suitcase is packed in preparation for leaving tomorrow AM heading for the California Dreamin' Writers Conference.  I am excited to say the least. I've been practicing my pitch, ready to present it to whichever editor I'm scheduled to meet with on Saturday.  I'll let you all know how that goes.

Another thing I'm really excited about, well, a couple of things. A woman who took my Writing For Women's World Workshop a year ago, just sold her first story to Woman's World. It came out in this week's WW magazine. And, one of my writing students, whose manuscript I edited for her, just sold it to The Wild Rose Press.  I am thrilled...this makes 3 of my "babies" who have fulfilled their dream. Another student got published last year.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Doin' the Happy Dance

March 11, 2015
Well, I have a couple of things to do the Happy Dance about today. First, I am attending the California Dreamin' Writers Conference the end of this month. I have scheduled an appointment with an editor to pitch one of my completed books. Won't know until I arrive which of the 3 choices of editors I got, but I'll be happy with any of the three. I will have actually two pitches ready to give. One for my novel STONE OAK, a Contemporary Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and CORA, a Western Themed Historical Romance with just a touch of paranormal.  I, of course am hoping to be able to pitch both books. I'm allowed 8 minutes, but I'm a pretty fast talker, so we'll see how it goes.

I have complete the final edit of CORA, going to let it set for a couple weeks and then give it a final read through. It's actually in the hands of my Beta Reader now. STONE OAK, is a book I wrote some years back. I have updated it, but no final editing done as yet. So, if an editor at the conference does ask me to send that manuscript to them, I'll be burning the midnight oil to get all revisions completed and have it in final draft within 30 days time. I can do it...yes, I'm sure I can.

The second thing I'm Happy Dancing about is this: One of my writing students, Sandra McCart, just got a contract offer yesterday for one of her Regency novels.  Needless to say she is on cloud nine. Wild Rose Press expressed interest but felt the manuscript had problems beyond the time they could devote to it. Sandra asked me if I would content edit it for her, and I did.  There were some major flaws. Sandra had written this story long before she joined my group and she learned a lot since then, but just wasn't able to figure out what she needed to do to clean the manuscript up. I was glad I could help her with that. I offered suggestion, but she put in the hard work to make the changes. I tell you this so you will know, never give up on a story you love. Sandra didn't and her hard work paid off, because she is now under contract with Wild Rose Press.  Way to go, girl!

Okay, until we meet again...and I hope it's not at this hour of the morning 4 am (I can't sleep), keep reading great books, or writing them.
Sunny Marie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Away for too long...

January 23, 2015
Hello and greetings to you all,

I have been away from my little blog for a very long time, and for that I am sorry. It became necessary for me to go back to Missouri and bring my mother out here to California to live with me and my husband. She had developed Alzheimer's Disease and no longer could live without supervision.

My husband, bless him, and I did our very best for her over the past two years, but it recently became apparent that we were not equipped to give her the care she needed. We were so lucky to find a 5-Star Care Facility where we could place her. She is adjusting nicely and we visit often, although she doesn't know who we are, just that our faces somehow are familiar.

So, I began the new year refreshed, and ready to tackle the writing that had been placed on the back burner. I am doing the final edit for my novel CORA and plan to submit it to Wild Rose Press in mid to late April. Then I will tackle editing on LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW, and follow that novel with, MURDER IN ECHO VALLEY. I now have 5 completed novels and must refrain from starting a new one until these finished stories are in final draft stage and queried. This is not easy for me (the not writing something new part) as I have all these thoughts running rapid in my head. What am I to do? I know, you don't have to tell me; find a notebook and make notes to use later. 

I wanted to share a couple books with you who are writing fiction, that I think can make or break you writing efforts. The first is: 21st Century Fiction by Donald Mass...a must have for writing in the market that is NOW  and will be in the future. The second is: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson.

I have no good fiction reads to recommend to you at this time...sorry.
So until next time, and I promise it won't be months or years, enjoy the writing process if you're a lots if not, and stop and smell the roses along the way.
Bright Blessings,
Sunny Marie