Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Dispel the Mist" with Marilyn Meredith in Bookland Heights

Dispel The Mist:

A Tulare County Supervisor, with both Native American and Mexican roots, dies under suspicious circumstances. Because of Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s own ties to the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, she’s asked to help with the investigation. To complicate matters, besides the supervisor’s husband, several others had reason to want the woman dead.

Tempe has unsettling dreams, dreams that may predict the future and bring back memories of her grandmother’s stories about the legend of the Hairy Man. Once again, Tempe’s life is threatened and this time, she fears no one will come to her rescue in time.


“Filled with suspense, mystery and legends, you'll keep turning pages until you reach a satisfying conclusion.”—The Book Connection

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Marilyn Meredith is the author of over twenty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Dispel the Mist from Mundania Press. Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series. No Sanctuary is the newest from Oak Tree Press.

She is a member of EPIC, four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, WOK, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She was an instructor for Writer’s Digest School for ten years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writer’s Retreat and many other writer’s conferences. She makes her home in Springville CA, much like Bear Creek where Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives. Visit her at and at her blog -

BH: What or who most influenced your writing?

MM: This is a wonderful site and I’m happy to be stopping here again. First and foremost I believe all the books I’ve read over the years had a great influence on my writing. I try to write the kind of books that I most enjoy reading. I love mysteries and especially those with characters who are in law enforcement—so that’s what I enjoy writing about.

BH: What is the one thing you want readers to know about your book(s) and/or writing?

MM: In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree books there is always something to do with Native American legends or mysticism. My books don’t have unnecessary sex or gore but definitely have unusual mysteries.

BH: What is your next project and when can we expect to read it?

MM: My latest book is out now, Dispel the Mist. My heroine, Deputy Tempe Crabtree, investigates the murder of a popular county supervisor and has an encounter with the Hairy Man. The Hairy Man is a Tule River Indian legend similar to Big Foot.

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  1. Fascinating interview! This series intrigues me, so these books are definitely going on my list!

  2. Welcome -- again-- to Bookland Heights, Marilyn!

    You are one busy writer, Marilyn. I'd love to know more about your writing process as well as how you manage to successfully market your books.


  3. Good you see you here, again, Marilyn! Love the fact that your books have a native-american theme. What drew you into this series?


  4. I didn't realize I was on here already, had a different date down, or I'd have been promoting like crazy.

    Because I live really close to a Native American reservation--can see one of the mountains that borders it out my office window--I was drawn to write about the tribe and its legends. Though, I must caution everyone, I gave the tribe a different name as well as the reservation and I remind everyone I'm writing fiction.

    As far as my writing process and promoting, I'll come back another time when you have a space for me.


  5. Whoops, sorry Marilyn. They posted it over the weekend, but we added it to the schedule for tomorrow.

    Marilyn is one of my favorite clients and I thank you for hosting her during her latest virtual book tour. "Dispel the Mist" is my favorite of her Deputy Tempe Crabtree books. I can't wait to see what Tempe gets into next.


  6. Sorry if we jumped the gun, Marilyn and Cheryl, but, hey, more publicity is better, right?

    Always glad to have you here, Marilyn.


  7. Oh, no, you did the right thing. Pump Up doesn't work on the weekends, so we are promoting this stop today.

    Thanks for hosting Marilyn. She's an excellent client and I truly enjoy all the books I've read from her so far.


  8. Folks, I'm going to be letting people know about this blog today. Thanks again.

  9. I'm hooked on Tempe, and the Native American link makes her adventures interesting and exciting! Keep 'em coming.

  10. I'm impressed by the number of novels you've written--quite an accomplishment! Wishing you every success.

    Jacqueline Seewald
    Five Star/Gale 2009

  11. I am not familiar with your Tempe series, but it sounds like a definite one to add to my TBR pile. I love the use of the mystical and natural elements, as well as various ethnic aspects in books, particularly when they are tied to a place ... it adds so much to get to "know" an area through an author's books.

  12. Thank you, Jacqueline and Lise, for stopping by and leaving a comment.