Getting Behind--and it has nothing to do with Christmas

The house is decorated as much as it's going to be--Christmas cards have gone out. The presents I'm giving are on the way. So what's the problem, you ask?

It seems that there is far too much to do in too short a period of time. And I confess, I'm much slower than I used to be.
My mind works best in the a.m., so that's when I try to get things done. But, like today, things come up like doc appointments and errands to run. 
What I need to do is finish a program plan for an in-house day program--almost done, probably two or three more hours.
I'd also like to finish the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery I'm working on and start doing some research for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
I have done no Christmas promotions, I never even had a launch for a Cold Death here in Springville. I've decided to do something here in January--but I need to plan that.
I should be promoting my latest short story that's on Amazon, so I'll do that here and now.

This is …

How Things Have Changed in RBPD by Marilyn Meredith

Slowly but surely, I'm moving my Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series to Aakenbaaken & Kent Publishers.

I have my latest mystery in the series with them now, Unresolved.

The publisher and I decided we'd start with the first one in the series--Final Respects. I received the text block to check it for typos, etc.
First thing I noticed was the overabundance of exclamation points! I took them all out.
Then came a lot of things that have changed over the years.
All my police officers had mustaches of one sort or another. You seldom see a mustache on a law enforcement officer these days. But back when I was writing the book, all the officers i knew and saw had a mustache. And with their dark glasses on, they tended to all look alike.
My detectives smoked--and they smoked in their office in the police department. Something that would not happen today.
No, I didn't change any of that--because it would make problems in the plots of later books.
Despite all that and other things I no…

The Suburbs Have Secrets--Thanks Mom!

When I was a pre-teen and still dreaming about becoming a published author, my mother used to suggest I write a story like Peyton Place. For those of you too young to know what I’m talking about, Peyton Place was a blockbuster book about small town scandals and secrets that later became a TV series. It was the 1960s version of Desperate Housewives and Pretty Little Liars. My mother loved the idea of a novel about a fictionalized version of our street where everyone had some kind of dirty little secret.
Flash forward a couple years, and Murder She Wrote became a Sunday night staple in our home. Once again, my mom – who we discovered was a savant when it came to solving crimes before Jessica Fletcher – suggested that I write a small town  mystery story where everyone had secrets.
Interestingly, she never thought of writing the story herself. She only thought I should write one. Apparently, I was to be the conduit for her imagination. But, that’s an issue for another day (and maybe a l…

Ideas for a New Book Keep Flooding in

And I need to be finishing the one I'm working on.

I'm guessing this is what happens with many writers--none of us have enough time in the day to do what we need to do, much less what we'd like to do.
The older I get the less time there seems to be in a day. When I was a kid, there was so much more times and it seemed like the days moved far more slowly.
I've always been an early riser, even when I worked late night shifts at the telephone company. The big change is now I go to bed far earlier than I ever did, sometimes as early as when I was in grammar school. Not all that long ago, I always needed an evening. No matter how late I worked, I had to have at least an hour of an "evening", when I did what I wanted.
When I had little kids, my "evening" was after the little ones went to bed.
Now my evening starts right after dinner. That's when I settle down with hubby and watch some TV. I may read at the same time, but it's still my "evenin…

20 Things about my Sleuth – Delanie Fitzgerald of Falcon Investigations


Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today. I write mystery novels and short stories. The Tulip Shirt Murders is the second in the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series. She is a private investigator who lives in Central Virginia. And I’m often asked about what my protagonist is really like. Here’s my list of twenty Delanie facts.
1.Delanie is a redhead like 1-2% of the human population. She has grit, determination, and a spunky spirit. 2.She drives a Mustang, and she calls it “Black Beauty.” 3.She used her share of the money from her father’s estate to open Falcon Investigations. 4.Delanie chose the name for her company in honor of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. 5.My private investigator graduated from VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) with a degree in business. 6.Though she prefers the comfort of jeans and T-shirts, Delanie has a wardrobe full of outfits and shoes to create just the right look when she’s sleuthing. 7.Her partner is computer guru (and hacker), Duncan …

Growing Up During World War II

When President Roosevelt gave his radio message about the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor, I listened with my family. I was 8 years old and lived with my father, mother, and sister in Los Angeles.

We had black-out curtains on our windows, and an inner room (hall) where we could have a small light and we had a stash of food and board games to play. 
There were air raids--at night all lights had to be out including headlight on cars. If you were driving during an air raid it was quite an adventure--at least we kids thought so.
Food and gas were rationed. My father rode his bike a long, long way to work to save gas stamps so we could go on vacation in the summer. 
We had air raid drills at school--no under the desks, but on the first floor of our two story brick building. (Not safe at all.)
Our family went to the movies nearly nearly every Friday night, watched all the war movies and horrible news reels--which got worse and worse as the war came closer to the end. There were also some grea…

My Favorite Writers' Conference, PSWA!

Yep, this is the conference to go to if you're a mystery writer and like to be sure you've got all the law enforcement information right. Or if you want to know about other kinds of public safety, like emergency rooms, homeland security threats, insurance fraud, arson, undercover work, public health, and on and on, this is the conference to attend. There are special speakers and panels.
The conference welcomes mystery writers and others who are willing to share their writing, editing, and promotion expertise. New writers are also welcome, and there is a before conference workshop for a small fee.
Because this is a small conference, you have the opportunity to make friends with all these experts. You also won't have to choose one panel over another because there is only one track.
I've been to many writing and mystery conferences over the years, but this one is my absolute favorite for many reasons.
The conference is held in the Orleans Hotel in…