We're excited to present Marilyn Meredith as our honored guest today. It's been my pleasure to attend two PSWA conferences that Marilyn helped organize: they were incredibly welcoming and chock full of great information. Marilyn is always funny, always warm and welcoming.
Marilyn is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. She borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area, including the nearby Tule River Indian Reservation. She does like to remind everyone that she is writing fiction. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and follow her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/ .
A haunted house plays an important part in Spirit Shapes. I’ve always been fascinated by haunted places and today I live in one.
We purchased an old house. At the time of our buying it, we were becoming the owners and administrators of a licensed residential facility for women with developmental disabilities. Since we shared the home with our ladies, we never considered the sound of doors opening and shutting anything out of the ordinary. After all, there were a lot of people wandering the halls of our five bedroom, three bath home.
Once we retired and the people we’d cared for went on to live elsewhere, we found out that our granddaughters who came to visit didn’t want to sleep downstairs even though there were four bedrooms to choose from—with new furnishings. Each one preferred to sleep upstairs on the floor of our bedroom because they insisted the downstairs was haunted. (Our grandson who visited, and three who ended up living with us for periods of time, had no problem at all—though agreed ghosts did wander around.)
We always noticed that our cats (we’ve had many over the years) could see things we didn’t and sometimes ran from the invisible sightings.
Now when I’m working in my office, I often hear doors open and close and when I investigate, no one is there. Someone likes to run up and down the stairs too.
Does all this supernatural activity scare me? No. Despite what we see in movies, I don’t think ghosts can hurt anyone. Frankly, I’m not sure what a ghost really is—is it the spirit of someone who has unfinished business or just can’t move on for some reason. Or maybe, what’s going on is just residue from an early a time, an echo that’s leftover.
I don’t know, but I’m quite content sharing my home with whatever it or they are who are still roaming around down here.
The person who comments on the most blogs on this blog tour will have the opportunity to have a character named after him or her in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
Tomorrow I’m posting on http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com .
Spirit Shapes is available in all formats from the publisher http://mundania.com and of course from amazon and all the other online bookstores.
Ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen in a haunted house. Deputy Tempe Crabtree's investigation pulls her into a whirlwind of restless spirits, good and evil, intertwined with the past and the present, and demons and angels at war.