Thanks for this interview, F. M. Meredith. Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing? Can you tell us about your journey?
For Reversal of Fortune it has been pretty much smooth sailing since I’m independently published. However, over the years it has not been an easy road. I’ve run into all sorts of obstacles from crooked publishers, those who decided after a few books to quit the publishing business, losing an editor in a publishing house, and the saddest, two of my publisher died. This is a testament to the fact that I don’t give up.
When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?
Over the years this has changed a lot. When I was younger one of my favorite things to do was to travel. I loved to fly, and going to mystery conventions all over the U.S. was something I enjoyed for several reasons: hanging out with readers and writers and visiting another part of our wonderful country. Now days, I still like visiting with readers and other writers, but I love reading other’s mysteries, and having a nice lunch or dinner out with friends and family.
What makes your book stand out from the rest?
Probably the fact that it is the last in a long running series. I was not an easy decision as I’ve had the characters in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries hanging out in my head for a long, long time. I tried to leave them with in a place where readers might imagine what may happen to them next. Of course I’m hoping that anyone who reads Reversal of Fortune will want to read the rest of the books in the series.
Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?
“Dad, I need you right now.” Beth, Detective Doug Milligan’s daughter sounded desperate.
“What is it? Can’t it wait? I’m right in the middle of an….”
“No, Dad, it can’t wait. We found a dead woman.” He could hear another young voice in the background.
“Calm down. Who’s with you?”
Kayla Duval, the mayor’s daughter, was Beth’s best friend.
“Where are you?”
“You know that fortune teller or whatever she is…was? We’re at her place.” Beth’s words came out in a rapid stream. “The house on Valley Boulevard.”
Rocky Bluff P.D. had received several complaints about the so-called psychic or spiritualist, Bernadette Wolfort, and Doug had even gone to her home to interview her once. The complaints had been vague. Nothing really added up to a crime. If people were foolish enough to visit a fortune teller and pay her, they got what they deserved, didn’t they?
He knew where to go. “You two stay put, and don’t touch anything.”
“We didn’t. I know better. We knocked, but when no one answered, we tried the door. It was unlocked, and we opened it. After all, Kayla was told to come here this morning. There she was, lying on the floor. We could tell she was dead.”
“I’ll be there in a few minutes.”
If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?
It’s not really close to any holiday, it’s in early spring. Warm enough for people to start heading for the beach.
Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?
Reversal of Fortune is number 17 in the series.
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
I’ve always written, stories when I was a kid, newsletters for PTA, plays for my Camp Fire Girls to perform in, articles of magazines, but didn’t really think about writing fiction as a full time profession until I wrote my first full-length book.
What’s next for you?
I also write the Tempe Crabtree series under the name Marilyn Meredith, and it’s time for another one of those. I’m also playing with the idea of writing a young adult mystery set during World War II.