Monday, August 22, 2011

Marilyn Meredith's "Bears With Us"

Title: Bears With Us

Publisher: Mundania Press

Cover blurb: Deputy Tempe Crabtree has her hands full when bears turn up in and around Bear Creek, a young teen commits suicide and his parents actions are suspicious, a prominent woman files a complaint against Tempe and her preacher husband Hutch, a love affair from long ago comes to light, and a woman suffering from dementia disappears.

1) How did this story come to you?
My grandson is an Aspen CO police officer and he kept telling about chasing bears out of people’s homes and posting photos of the bears on Facebook. I emailed him asking lots of questions about how they knew the bears were inside homes, how they chased them out, what the bears did inside, and how they smelled. I knew my heroine, Deputy Tempe Crabtree would have some of the same experiences.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Because I am writing a series, my publisher seems to be willing to publish the next one. This series does have a history though. The first four were published by a small press who put them out in mass market paperback. I had one earlier one that an e-publisher picked up. My publisher passed away and I met the publisher of Mundania at a conference and asked if he’d be interested in picking up the series. Thankfully, he said yes and I’ve been with Mundania for this series ever since.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. Though I’ve had over thirty books published, I’ve been rejected many, many times.
2. I’ve written in all sorts of genres, historical family sagas, psychological horror, Christian horror, romance with a touch of the supernatural, ghost stories, and of course, lots of mysteries.
3. And years ago, I went to a nudist colony. One day I ought to put something about a nudist colony in a book.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a new Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery that has yet no name. The next one in that series, No Bells, will be out in

5) Parting comments?
Writing is an important part of my life—something I really enjoy. My characters all seem very real to me—and I hope they do to my readers.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My webpage is and my blog is


  1. this looks interesting to me. I live in PA and several friends have been having bears "visit" their homes.

  2. Would love to read this book. Please enter me.


  3. I am really enjoying some mysteries lately so this sounds like it would really be up my alley. I would love to read it!!

    countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

  4. This sounds very interesting!

  5. BEARS WITH US looks like a fascinating read. Love to know more about bear behavior.


  6. Bears are interesting creatures. Thanks for your comments everyone. I did want to let you know that I'll be out of town this Friday so can't pick a winner until I get back. I'm attending Killer Nashville. Also, I haven't received my copies of Bears With Us as yet, but the first book to go out will be the contest winner.


  7. I live in the area of lower Michigan with the largest bear population. We see them from time to time. Beautiful creatures!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  8. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Hi, Pegg and KarenK--it'll be Tuesday before I can pick a winner.


  10. I live near the Ocala National Forest in Central FL where many black bears call home :o) I travel up there alot in hopes of spoting some of the bears and other wildlife. Once at dusk I saw a Momma bear running across the road in front of me with two baby bears following - such a fond memory. Your book sounds like a wonderful read. Please enter me in your book giveaway. Thank you! Daisy Adams

  11. Hi Daisy, so glad you made such a great comment.