Please welcome Marilyn Meredith author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries!
The Mystery That Almost Wasn’t
The publishing world is ever-changing. I’ve been around long enough to see many major publishers disappear, and smaller independent publishers appear on the scene and thrive. For many years, I’ve had my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series put out by a distinguished small press.
The latest book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Spirit Wind was finished and sent off to the publisher. It went through the editing process. A wonderful cover had been created. Then there were signs that the publishing company might be in trouble. I didn’t receive any replies to my emails. Royalty payments were woefully behind. This press for years had been wonderful up to now, and I hoped for the best. Alas, it was not to be.
My thoughts immediately went to the fact that all the research for the book would be for naught. And my beautiful cover would never be used. And worst of all, would there every be another Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery?
Tempe has been a part of my life for so many years, she truly feels real to me. I felt like I was in mourning.
In a short time, an email was sent out to all the authors that due to many unfortunate circumstances, the publishing company’s doors would soon be closed. Thankfully, I asked and my rights were returned, including all my covers. But what was I to do next? Spirit Wind is #17 in the series; I doubted any publisher would be interested, even though each book is complete in itself.
Yes, I knew that many authors have turned to self-publishing, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to try my hand at that. In fact, I wasn’t sure I could figure out how.
That’s when a good friend and her husband said they’d help me. There’s nothing like the friendship of fellow writers. Because of their ability and talent, Spirit Wind is now available.
There’s no way to thank them enough.
What might have been a personal tragedy, turned out to have a happy ending. Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives on to solve another mystery.
In Spirit Wind, a call from a ghost hunter changes Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s vacation plans. Instead of going to the coast, she and her husband are headed to Tehachapi to investigate a haunted house and are confronted by voices on the wind, a murder, and someone out to get them.
Thank you so much for hosting me today.
Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains.
She is a member of Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.
Website URL: http://fictionforyou.com
Blog URL: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com
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