If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

What A Great Name for a Blog! By Marilyn Meredith

And I definitely fit into that category—I’ve managed to kill of a lot of characters in my mysteries in many different ways.
I’ve used poison a couple of times and an overdose once. An axe came in handy for a decapitation, and of course knives have played an important part in others. In the book I’m working on now, a fireplace poker did the horrible deed.
Drowning or what looks like drowning has also been the cause of death, as has strangulation and suffocation.
A deliberately set house fire took another life, as did a wildfire. In fact, I put fires in so many books, I once had someone ask if I was a repressed fire bug. (No, I have no desire to see flames, but living in the foothills has made me alert to the dangers of fire.)
Most of my killers don’t use guns—not sure why, except maybe, because I don’t know that much about guns.
I’m always looking for an unusual means of murder and out of the blue an author friend told me about death by crushing. I did some researching, and yes, that is the mode of murder in the new Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, simply titled, A Crushing Death.
Blurb for A Crushing Death:
A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Officer Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.
F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother, grandma, and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family, she counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.
Twitter: @MarilynMeredith
Contest: Once again, the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour, can have a character named after them in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery or buy the book here. Tomorrow you can find me here: http://www.celebratewithabook.com


KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like you have some great resources there when you need questions answered about law enforcement or police procedure. What a great variety of methods you've come up with for your characters to use.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I think of guns in the same way as a coiled rattlesnake, best viewed from far away. I'm always searching for new and novel ways to kill. Smothering a victim face down in mud turned into smothering by wet plaster of Paris.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

First off, I want to say thank you for being invited to visit this great blog! And thank you KM and Margaret for stopping by and leaving a comment. I've been fortunate to make a lot of helpful friends along the way.

E. B. Davis said...

I've read your books and interviewed you a few years ago, Marilyn. Thanks for blogging with us today. Good luck with the new release and on your blog tour. I love your ocean town setting.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

E. B., Rocky Bluff, has great similarities to the beach town where I lived years ago.

Shari Randall said...

Thank you for stopping by WWK, Marilyn. You have written about some very creative murder methods in your books. Variety is the spice of life, yes?

Warren Bull said...

Hi, Marilyn, We've been on author panels together. I didn't know about the various methods your characters use. Clever!

Gloria Alden said...

Welcome to WWK, Marilyn. You have some creative ways of murdering people. I think my most creative way was with a garden fork and a spade, but then I write a gardening series. Only two have I murdered with a gun, and one of those was during a Civil War Reenactment with a gun from that era. I did online research for that and am fortunate enough to have a woman in my writing group who writes about the Civil War times and with her husband also is part of reenactments. I'm hoping you will be at Malice Domestic, and I'll get to meet you in person. I'm also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hi, Shari, Warren and Gloria. Shari, I've had a great time both thinking up new methods of murder and having people give me ideas. Hi Warren, yep, we've traveled in some of the same circles. Gloria, I love the garden fork (I actually used one as a cover up of a murder in my other series) and the spade. I think I read your book about the Civil War Reenactment. Sadly, I don't fly anymore, so won't be going to Malice. Darn, that's a great conference.

D. J. Adamson Author said...

You kill, Meredith, in so many ways: entertainment, enriching characters, "can't put down plots."

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, D.J. Your kind words lift my spirit!

Linda Thorne said...

Good to see you on another blog. Your title tells me someone got crushed to death this time. You are always innovative in how your characters are killed. Great post, Marilyn.

Kait said...

WOW. Impressive list of death! Love it. Not too long ago I read about a killer who sat on his victim's chests killing the my making it impossible for them to expand the chest. Made me hyperventilate. What an awful death. I'm probably going to have to use it. I love to write the things that scare me to death!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hey, Linda--I haven't really done it on purpose, but looking back, guess I've done a good job at finding unusual ways to do folks in.

Hi, Kait--yep if it scares us it should do the same to the reader. Thanks, both of you for stopping by.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hey, Linda--I haven't really done it on purpose, but looking back, guess I've done a good job at finding unusual ways to do folks in.

Hi, Kait--yep if it scares us it should do the same to the reader. Thanks, both of you for stopping by.

Jacqueline Vick said...

Funny, but with as many of your mysteries as I have read, I don't remember all the violence! But when you list it out...eek!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Jacqueline, it's because I don't dwell on the violence or describe it blood drop by drop.

Maggie said...

Here's to creativity in killing! There are many ways to kill and guns seem to require the most technical and forensic knowledge. Thank you, Marilyn. I learn so much from you.

Lorna Collins - said...

One of the things I love about your books is you don't go for cliche stories. Each is unique, and you don't write formula mysteries. I look forward to each one.