Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Last Days of my Blog Tour for Murder in the Worst Degree

April 20 Cora Ramos 
How romance plays a part in the book

April 21 Pamela Mason Review

April 22 Morgan Mandell Several Romances


April 24 Mary Welk Social Issues

April 25 Chris Redding  How I Do My Research

April 26 Writers Who Kill
Ways I’ve Murdered People

April 28 Cheryl Malandrinos 

April29 Kathleen Kaska Choosing Names for Characters
April 29 Mike Orenduff 
How My Books Have Changed

My Experience with Killers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

About Rayne E. Golay, author of The Wooden Chair

Some people are lucky to spend their whole life in the village or town or country where they were born. They’re surrounded by relatives and friends they’ve known since childhood. These people have deep roots. I believe they are very rich. My life has been made of a different cloth with hues of the rainbow. It’s been about change and adaptation.

I was born in Helsinki, Finland during the Finno-Russian winter war. When I was very small, my mother used to read to me. She helped me form words. As she was done reading  “A Thousand and One Nights” my passion for literature was born. From then on, I read everything with the printed word: matchboxes, newspapers, pamphlet and books, of course. I was no more than six years old when my father obtained a library card for me. Believe me, that was one of the happiest days of my childhood. To this day, I read at least three books a week. In school, I always had high grades in composition, and wanted to be a journalist, but my parents had other plans. I complied, obtained a Masters degree in psychology, and was later certified as addictions counselor in England after studies in the United States.

Skilled in languages, from the age of fifteen I translated dialogues in Hollywood movies from English into Finnish and Swedish. This, my first paying job, came through my father, who was the Nordic managing director 20th Century Fox.

After graduation, I married, had two children in rapid succession. My then husband was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, so that’s where we moved with our two wonderful children.

In Geneva, I worked in a multinational company, DuPont de Nemours International, as an addictions counselor with responsibilities for all of the company’s European subsidiaries. During this time, I wrote two non-fiction books: one about alcoholism, another about dysfunction in the workplace. I also wrote the script to “Something of The Danger That Exists,” a 50 minute film, used within the company as part of an educational program, which I facilitated. In my function, I was a frequent speaker on chemical dependence at conferences and to business groups. As I oversaw company subsidiaries and plant sites throughout Europe and the then East Block countries, I’m fortunate to have traveled extensively. Through my work with addicts and alcoholics I encountered some adult victims of child abuse and neglect, which inspired my award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR.

As an avid reader, I’ve read most American, French and Russian classics, modern literature and poetry. It may seem that my books are autobiographical, particularly THE WOODEN CHAIR, but that’s not so. I believe in writing about what I know, so my life has parallels in Leini’s story.

My whole life I’ve longed for the sun and warmth. When opportunity presented itself, I took up residence in Florida. I live here with my partner, my best friend, my third husband.

The award winning novel THE WOODEN CHAIR is my second book. At present, I’m editing my third story.

“The Wooden Chair” is available at,

Rayne E. Golay


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Library Visit and Easter

This is National Library Week and on Friday, April 18th, I'll be heading over to Santa Maria with my daughter at the wheel. She loves to drive and she'll be my helper this time. We're going to stay at the Santa Maria Inn overnight, one of my favorite places. Daughter will love it.

On Saturday, April 19th, I'll once again be joining the Central Coast Sisters in Crime for an event, this time at the Santa Maria Library, 4215 W. McClelland at 10 a.m.

We authors will be having a panel discussion about plotting your mystery. Should be interesting and enlightening because I'm sure we all go about it differently. We'll all have copies of our books and I'm bringing several from both mystery series.

And yes, I'm looking forward to seeing my fellow Sisters and Misters again. 

We won't be hanging around though once the event is over and everyone who wants to buy a book has, because we'll be heading back home that afternoon. The reason being the next day is Easter.

All the churches in Springville are joining together for an Easter Sunrise Service in the park at 6:30 a.m. The youth from the churches will be providing the music. My daughter is the pastor's wife at our church and of course she needs to be there--and I want to be there too.

So, Happy Easter everyone. And if you are in Santa Maria on the the 19th, do stop by and see us at the library.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Defense of Not Being a Work-Aholic

Everyone always remarks about all my energy and I've been accused of being a work-aholic. Neither is true.

When you get to be my age, or at least in my case, my energy only lasts so long. I rise early and get started right away. Unlike others I've read about, I always shower and dress first knowing that if I didn't, I might not get dressed all day. Besides, it's what I've done all my life. 

After straightening the kitchen and making a cup of Chai latte, I sit down at my computer where I do my Bible study, Email and a quick check of Facebook come next. And because I'm on a blog tour right now, I promote whatever blog I'm visiting on Facebook, Twitter, all the Facebook groups and lists that I belong too. During the day I'll be checking to see who has commented and reply to them, keeping a list of who comments for my contest.

I always have an ongoing to-do list which will include working on the three newsletters I'm responsible for: mine (monthly), PSWA (quarterly), and CRSA (monthly), any promotion sites I want to use, writing blogs for Make Mine Mystery and The Stiletto Gang (2 times a month), and my own blog. I have something new here every two days--and if I don't have a guest, I need to come up with something.

I check my calendar often to make sure I don't forget to do or plan for something. Next on the calendar is heading over to Santa Maria on Friday (means deciding what to wear and packing) because I'm joining the Central Coast Sisters in Crime once again on Saturday, April 19 from 9:30 to noon at the Santa Maria Library at 421 S. McClelland. We're going to be talking about plotting.

And there's Easter. Because of the traveling on the day before, I've had to ask my daughter-in-law to make salads for our Easter dinner--already have the honey baked ham.

By late afternoon, I'm done. I'm probably going to fix dinner, but there won't be any work from then on. Hubby and I will no doubt watch a Netflix movie or some ongoing series using our Roku.

There are other things that come up along the way--and because I don't want to forget, I take care of whatever it is in a timely manner. Procrastination just isn't part of my personality.

I've always gotten great satisfaction out of accomplishing things--unfortunately, these days I'm not able to do nearly as much as I used to--but after all, I am 80.

Marilyn aka F. M . Meredith

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Porterville Library Visit During National Library Week

On Monday, April 14, 10 a.m., I'll be at the Porterville Public Library, 41 West Thurman Ave., Porterville CA, as part of the celebration for National Library Week.

My topic will be about writing two mystery series. However, I'm always open to questions of any kind--about writing, getting published, etc.

I'll have my four latest books in my two series available for sale and signing:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree series:

Spirit Shapes

Raging Water

In the Rocky Bluff P.D. series:

Murder in the Worst Degree

Dangerous Impulses

For all the events going on this week:

Hope to see some of you there,

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yikes! The Electricity Went Out!

Right while I was promoting my stop for the day on my blog tour, the electricity went out. It was a little after 6 a.m. and still dark outside.

I waited and it came back on again--but almost immediately went off.

It was off for a long while so I got out my iPad and began working on it. I love it, but it's not as easy as working on my PC.

When it finally came back on to stay, I switched back to my PC. It made me realize how much we rely on our electricity. Yes, I did make do with my iPad--but I was lucky because it was fully charged as was my phone.

I thought about those who rely on electric alarm clocks--bet there were some folks around here who overslept.

When we first moved to the foothills we lost our electricity a lot--often during a storm.

When we had our care home, the women who lived with us just couldn't understand why we couldn't get the TV back on. And it it happened in the evening, some were scared of the dark. Fortunately we had some batter powered lamps and a battery powered radio to use in such times.

More recently, I remember play games by candlelight just to pass the time.

I have a feeling today's black out was due to someone running into a power pole. And if so, I hope the person or persons are okay.

Because so much of my work is done on my computer, losing the electricity really makes me realize how much I rely on it.

And if you haven't done it yet, be sure to visit where my topic is about things I'll never write. (That is April 11's stop.)

On April 12 I'll be visiting Cheryl Malandrinos and talking about some of the cops on the Rocky Bluff P.D.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Next 10 Days in the Murder in the Worst Degree Blog Tour

If you're following along for the contest and missed a few blogs, scroll down and you'll come across the list of the first 10.

April 11 Earl Staggs  
Things I’ll Never Write

April12 Cheryl Malandrinos 
About Some of the Cops on RBPD

April 13 Marja McGraw 
Inspiration for the Latest

How I Get My Ideas

April 15 Rebecca Buckley  
Writing Friends

April 16 Kaye George  
A Visit to Rocky Bluff

April 17 Jackie Houchin
How Rocky Bluff P.D. Became a Series

April 18 Stephen Brayton How I get Titles

April 19 Janet Greger  Review