What Being a Writer Means to Me

I started writing stories when I was a youngster. I wrote my own versions of the books I read. My first original was a story about fairies which I illustrated. My mother sent it to a publisher, who sent back a nice note telling me to keep writing, and I did for a long time.

My first efforts as an adult were rejected and I’m sure because I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t get serious about writing until I had grandkids. My sister did our family genealogy and I decided to write an historical family saga based on both.  I had to do lots of research about places and times my ancestors lived and believe me it took a long, long time.

The second one I wrote was published by a major publishing company. I had no clue about marketing or promotion and did one book signing. When the 2nd was published, I knew a bit more.

Next came my first mystery, and another.  I’ve been at this a long time, and now have 50 published books all available on Amazon. Along the way I’ve learned so much about writing and promotion.

Besides the fun of writing and creating characters who seem as real as the people I know, I’ve had a great time over the years traveling all over the county attending writers workshops and mystery cons—Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime, plus many of the smaller ones  that have disappeared like Mayhem in the Midlands and Crimefest.

I was able to meet some of my favorite authors like Mary Higgins Clark, William Kent Krueger, Craig Johnson, Naomi Hirahara, and so many, many more. Plus, I made friends with so many other writers and more importantly readers.

When I read about how much writers and readers enjoyed this most recent Left Coast Crime, I was a tad envious, but then realized I had so many great memories of conferences past and all the interesting people I’ve met over the years.

I’m now in the process of my two favorite writer pursuits: 1. Planning for and promoting my latest book, the last in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Reversal of Fortune and 2. Putting together ideas for my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

Being a writer is a wonderful and rewarding part of my life in so many ways.

Reversal of Fortune is about the death of a fortune teller. It’s available in paper and for Kindle on Amazon: (I wrote this series as F. M. Meredith)

8 thoughts on “What Being a Writer Means to Me

  1. Love visiting with you! Your life is such a great story! I don’t have Reversal of Fortune! Off to Amazon now…

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  2. Marilyn, I wrote all throughout my childhood and when my kids were in school, I started writing novels but didn’t work at getting published until the kids were in high school and didn’t need me as much. Some people now ask when I’m going to stop writing. My come back is when I can’t remember what word to write. 😉 When you are a writer it isn’t what you do, it is what you are.

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  3. Marilyn, I’m guessing you speak for all of us here and on other blogs. As a child I used to entertain my parents with stories about my dolls and animals, the never-ending sagas. Later I wrote story after story, sending them out (and getting them back). But writing for me has always been more than fiction, so I wrote almost everything–fundraising letters, grants, histories, essays, sales stuff. I love words and creating something with them. Fiction is the best but only one way to use language.

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  4. You’re singing my song or writing my story, Marilyn. But I’m sure many of us at Ladies of Mystery feel the same way. All of my life I’ve been writing and cannot imagine any other way of existence. In fact, ‘one-book-wonders’ puzzle me. How can you not love the entire process of creating a story, book, or novel no matter how much work is involved? How can you not go on and on until you can’t lift your pen to paper anymore? Thanks so much for this article..

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