Though often something that has happened in real life has been the seed for one of my books, Lingering Spirit is based on a tragedy that happened in our family about twenty years ago.
My son-in-law was killed in the line of duty in his job as a deputy sheriff, leaving my daughter a widow with three young sons. I loved my son-in-law like he was one of my own boys and I believe writing this story was a way for me to deal with my grief.
Readers need to understand that Lingering Spirit is fiction. Though it blossomed from fact, it is not my daughter’s story. There are definitely some similarities, especially in the beginning, but the fictional heroine and her family are nothing like my daughter, or any of us. What happened to my daughter and her family as time went on has no resemblance to what I’ve written in this tale.
Anyone who reads Lingering Spirit will probably want to know if there is any truth to the ghostly visitations. The answer is yes, and if you ever see me in person, ask and I’ll tell you what really happened.
Lingering Spirit had a former life as an e-book with another publishing company. When the Kindle came out, my publisher at Oak Tree Press asked me if I had any old books that I’d like to make available for Kindle. I sent her Lingering Spirit and she fell in love with the story. This year she asked me if she could put it out in trade paperback. Of course I said yes. She always tells everyone to have a box of tissue handy when they read Lingering Spirit—but be reassured, you’ll have plenty to smile about too.
Marilyn Meredith is the author of nearly thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Dispel the Mist from Mundania Press. Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, An Axe to Grind is the latest from Oak Tree Press.
She is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Internet chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com