Author Interview with F. M. Meredith

This author interview features F. M. Meredith. F. M. Meredith is the author of numerous books including ‘Murder in the Worst Degree’ by F. M. Meredith. ‘Murder in the Worst Degree’ is part of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. I selected this title from Cheap Kindle books. Book review coming soon!

When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was in grammar school I began writing stories. Continued to write stories and plays all through high school. Marriage and a big family caused me to cut back though I did write the PTA newsletter and plays for my Camp Fire Girls to act in. When the kids grew up I began writing seriously again.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Because I write two mystery series, I write two books a year. Writing consists of first decided what I’m going to write, getting it down and then rewriting. The critique group I’ve belonged to for years hears every chapter and gives me suggestions. So the answer is probably about six months per book, though a lot of time is also spent on promoting.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve lost count, but I’m nearing forty published books. There are a few books that I wrote that will never be published. Everyone always asks which book is my favorite, but it’s usually the one I just finished.

What are you working on at the minute? What’s it about?
I just finished the latest Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery called A Crushing Death (though that may change) and reading it to my critique group. The murder victim is a popular teacher accused of making improper advances to a female student. The new police chief is being stalked by someone she put in prison years ago. And of course, it’s also about the lives of the men and women who are part of the RBPD.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Making myself sit down and write. Sometimes I have many other things that draw me away like promotion, answering emails and of course, Facebook.

What was the easiest thing about writing?
When the story is flowing, it’s easy to sit at the computer and write. Time passes quickly. I’ve learned to stop in the middle of a scene so I can easily pick up where I left off when I get back to the story.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Of course I love to read–but I don’t seem to have as much time to do that as I once did. Because I have a big family, I enjoy being around them. My husband and I love to go to the movies–good movies. I also enjoy attending writing events where I can be around other writers.

What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m reading two that I’ve promised to review. Infernal by James Garcia Jr. (A Christian horror with vampires and the devil. And Bequest by Nancy Bojorsky, a mystery set in Los Angeles. I’m enjoying both.

What is your favorite book and why?
I have lots of favorites, but one that I won’t forget is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. It’s a mystery, but also a coming of age story. I enjoy Krueger’s mystery series too, but Ordinary Grace is special.

–Nighttime Narratives

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