Featured Interview With Meriam Wilhelm
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born, raised and continue to live in Redondo Beach, California. In short, I am a beach girl. Any day that includes a walk along the shoreline is a great day for me. I live for a good sunset and love to have my toes in the sand and surf. Our dog is long since gone and so my walking partners include my husband,kids, sisters and friends. If I’m not writing, walking on the beach or traveling – I’m sewing or quilting my day away.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have loved to read since I was a little girl. My mom used to drop my three sisters and I off at the library park in the morning and pick us up at days end. Our long days were made all the more tolerable, interesting and fun as I learned to read to and with my sisters. We all liked different genres so boredom was not an option!
Although I wrote newsletters and articles all throughout my career in education, I did not write anything publishable until I retired a few years ago. I started off in non-fiction writing parenting books and running a parenting website www.project-parenting.com and quickly gave in to my desire to write a non-fiction series. I’ve always had a fascination with witchcraft and so The Witches of New Moon Beach became my first fiction series. So much fun!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I am an eclectic reader, I love to vary my reading genres. However, right now I am enjoying Amanda M. Lee and her witch stories, Rebecca Forster and her women’s thrillers, Amanda Lee and Paula Hawkins for their mystery stories and Eric Czuleger for his PsyFi books. I am really into mysteries and thrillers right now. I enjoyed and found inspiration when reading Amanda M. Lee’s quirky witch stories. Love the freedom she takes with her characters.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest books are a series entitled The Witches Of New Moon Beach. I have had so much fun creating this beach town, modeled after my home town of Redondo Beach. New Moon Beach is a charmed hamlet by the sea. But when Olivia Merriman returns home from college to open her dream shop, Mystique Creations, the entire town erupts in magical chaos. Happy to be reunited with her sorceress sisters – Constance the baker and Harmony the town mayor, Olivia is determined to forget Jonathan Maxwell, the man who broke her heart. Unfortunately life gets in the way as witches seem to pop up everywhere, ghosts move into her home, her magical cat has plans of her own and her father is determined to get in Olivia’s way.
As if that’s not enough, someone is brewing up a plan to ruin the dream future of Mystique Creations. A fancy resort is being built right on her beach and is sure to destroy her brand new shop. And when Olivia finds out that her ex-boyfriend is leading the construction team she takes matters into her own hands. Not known for her spell casting talents, Olivia Merriman stops New Moon Beach in its tracks when her spell goes terribly awry.
Just how much trouble can this young witch get herself into? It may take more than just a little morning magic to set it right; especially when an evil wizard steps in.
If you love the beach and witches you’ll love the Merriman sisters and their hometown of New Moon Beach!
I started writing this series about nine months ago and have worked non-stop (accept for two weeks in Florida) since. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to create characters and to bring them to life. If you know Redondo Beach, you’ll recognize the bakery, coffee shop and more. I encourage you to jump right in and enjoy my little beach city by the sea.
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