F.M. (Marilyn) Meredith, Mystery We Write Blog Tour
As the Mystery We Write Blog Tour begins, my friend Marilyn Meredith is my guest and I couldn't have asked for a better way to start the tour. I know you'll enjoy Marilyn's blog as well as her books, and she has over thirty titles to choose from. Welcome, Marilyn!
Gathering Ideas for My Rocky Bluff P.D. Series
Because this particular series has an ongoing cast of characters besides whatever the main story line is, I want to write about what is going on in the lives of each of the characters. My main goal for this series has always been to show how what is happening on the job affects the family and what is going on with the family affects the job. So whatever the major plot I’ve decided upon will have some influence on the characters and their loved ones.
I got the main idea for the plot for No Bells from a murder that happened in Ventura County and I saved all the newspaper clippings about the case. While I developed who would be murdered and who the suspects would be, they had very little resemblance to the real story—but that had been my jumping off place to start my brainstorming. I’ve always collected newspaper stories about murders that sometime I might use some way in a future story.
Officer Gordon Butler has become a favorite of my readers and I knew I wanted him to have a starring role in this story. Nothing ever goes right for Gordon. If there’s an odd call, Gordon is the one who is going to get it, and he definitely goes on some very odd calls in this story.
In fact, I contacted some police officers I knew and asked if anyone had an odd vice crime that I could use in a story and someone came up with the perfect tale.
Sometimes I search the Internet for small town crimes too which often gives me some incidents I can weave into the storyline.
Of course Stacey and Doug Milligan are important to this story for many reasons. They were recently married in Angel Lost so I knew readers would want to know how their marriage was going. Of course Doug Milligan, a detective for RBPD, will be investigating the murder along with his partner, Frank Marshall. Because the department is small, Stacey helps interview suspects.
Other ongoing characters appearances will revolve around the murder and whatever is going on in each of their lives.
It didn’t happen with No Bells but I have used stories people have told me about terrible things that happened to someone they knew or to a relative. Once in awhile someone will email me an idea they think I should use. Never will what I write be recognizable because what these stories do is act like a jumping off point. My thinking will probably start like this, “What would happen if instead of this, it went this way.”
Once I’m writing the book, more ideas flood in, some even arrive in the form of a dream or nightmare.
And that, good friend, Marja, is where some of my ideas comes from. As a side note, I’ve met Marja at various places over the years and now I consider her a good friend and I really enjoy her mysteries.
F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith
Marilyn, thank you so much for visiting today. The feeling is mutual, and I enjoy both you and your books so very much. I hope you’ll return when your next book is released.
No Bells Blurb:
Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem, she’s the major suspect in a murder case.
Bio: F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels—and a few that will never see print. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is No Bells. Rocky Bluff P.D. is a fictional beach community between Ventura and Santa Barbara and F. M. once lived in a similar beach area.
Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves as the program chair for the Public Safety Writers of America’s writing conference. She’s been an instructor at many writing conferences.
And if you’d like to get in touch with her email: email@example.com
CONTEST: The person who comments on the most of my blogs on this MMW Spring Blog Tour will win a copy of No Bells so be sure to leave your email too, so I can contact you if you win.
The Blog Tour continues on April 18 with Anne K. Albert. I know you'll enjoy hearing what Anne has to say.
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