June 1, 2011

Made It Moment: Marilyn Levinson

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 7:30 am

A Murderer Among Us

I was particularly interested in Marilyn Levinson’s Moment because it’s the first to explicitly distinguish between making it in an e world and making it traditionally. Will there always be differences between these two? I don’t know the answer to that, but for sure there are now, and this Moment reveals some of what we can expect from each. Read on…and if you like a little mayhem with your seniors, check out Marilyn’s debut mystery!

Marilyn Levinson

I knew I’d made it as a mystery author in the New Age of Publishing when I sold two mysteries to two different epublishers only weeks after sending them my manuscripts. What a refreshing change after the months’ long wait I’ve experienced when dealing with traditional publishers. Best of all, Wings ePress is bringing out A MURDERER AMONG US in June, in both ebook and paperback.

No matter that I’m the author of several books for children, all published the traditional way. Suddenly I was thrust into the world of ebooks! I discovered that every step of the publishing process of my debut novel was to be conducted online. Thanks to the wonderful community of mystery writers–with special thanks to Pat Gulley–I learned the importance of getting the word out. Suddenly I was blogging, writing articles, sending my book out for reviews–all aspects of being an author that removed me from my Ivory Tower of Writing, at least temporarily. Oddly enough, the hardest part for me was obtaining my book’s copyright online. But even there my good friend and fellow writer, Bernardine Fagan, helped see me through it. As for getting the book ready for readers, I had a wonderful editor and, for the first time in my writing career, was offered the opportunity to work with a artist and tell her how I’d like my cover to look.

I’m delighted readers will get a chance to meet Lydia Krause, my sleuth in A MURDERER AMONG US. Lydia, a vibrant, attractive widow, moves to an upscale retirement community on Long Island, where she exposes a resident’s criminal past and sets off a series of homicides. Amid the murder and mayhem, Lydia deals with her grown daughters’ problems and creates a new life for herself.

Marilyn Levinson is a former Spanish teacher and the author of several books for children and young adults. RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK was selected by the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council for “Children’s Choices for 2002.” NO BOYS ALLOWED has been in print since 1993 and has sold over 200,000 copies.

A MURDERER AMONG US is her first published adult mystery. MURDER A LA CHRISTIE was a finalist in the 2010 Malice Domestic contest. She is a member of The Authors Guild, RWA, The Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and is president and co-founder the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Bernie, and their cat, Sammy.


  1. Congratulations Marilyn. Good luck.

    Arthur Levine

    Comment by Arthur Levine — June 1, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  2. I’m happy for your success, Marilyn! The book sounds interesting with the twist of the “older” sleuth in a retirement community :) Jenny, as always I enjoy reading your posts, Rae

    Comment by Rae — June 1, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  3. Sounds great! I’ll watch for it on Amazon!

    Comment by Mary Reilly — June 1, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  4. Arthur and Rae,
    Thank you for your good wishes! I’m thrilled to now be a mystery author.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  5. Good going,Marilyn.

    Comment by Pat Gragg — June 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  6. Sounds like a great book I’d love to read. Congratulations on your future!

    Comment by Patricia Yager Delagrange — June 1, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Love the cover!

    Comment by Lane Stone — June 1, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  8. Thank you, Pat.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

  9. Thank you, Mary and Pat.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  10. Mary and Pat.
    Many thanks.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  11. Two books! That’s great news, Marilyn. Congratulations and good luck.

    Comment by Ellis Vidler — June 1, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

  12. Congratulations, Marilyn! What a huge accomplishment. :D

    Comment by Catie Rhodes — June 1, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  13. Congrats on the book release, Marilyn!

    Comment by Angelique Armae — June 1, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

  14. Congratulations on your new mystery, Marilyn!

    Comment by Kaye George — June 1, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  15. Nice to read about these Moments. Congratulations on yours, Marilyn. I like your cover! :D

    Comment by Ellis Vidler — June 1, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  16. Thanks so much for all your kind words. Ellis, I’m glad you like the cover.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  17. Oo, that sounds great. Congratulations!

    Comment by Savvy — June 1, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  18. Congratulations, marilyn. Murder A la Christie sounds great. And thanks for the follow button, Jenny. I pushed it.

    Comment by Donna — June 1, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  19. Savvy and Donna,
    Thanks for congratulations. I’m delighted to have my first mystery out and available to readers.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 1, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  20. Hey Marilyn that’s fantastic!!! Congrats. Here’s to many more.

    Comment by Donna Coe-Velleman — June 1, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  21. Congratulations and best wishes, Marilyn! So exciting!

    Comment by Kathleen A. Ryan — June 1, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  22. Donna and Kathy,
    It is exciting! I appreciate the support you’ve both given me. Can’t wait to read your books when they come out.

    Comment by Marilyn Levinson — June 2, 2011 @ 10:58 am

  23. Congratulations Marilyn! Can’t wait to read it, then I may want to interview you over at Writers Who Kill. I hope it’s a series!

    Comment by E. B. Davis — June 3, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  24. Wonderful book, Marilyn. Good red-herrings, good foreshadowing of the actual killer. I lost sleep reading the last few chapters–every reader’s dream.

    Comment by C.B.Knadle — July 11, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  25. Wonderful book, Marilyn. Good red-herrings, good foreshadowing of the actual killer. I lost sleep reading the last few chapters–every reader’s dream.

    Comment by C.B.Knadle — July 11, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

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