Mystery author, Marilyn Meredith (on the right)
Though I’ve often put bits and pieces of people I know into my books, I’ve disguised them so well no one has ever recognized him or herself. In Raging Water I did something completely different.
A friend, who is also a big fan of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, had been asking me for quite some time to put her in one of my mysteries. She said, “I don’t care who I am, you can kill me off, make me the murderer, just make me a character.” So I did.
Though I changed her name to Miqui, anyone who knows this person will recognize her. She’s the same age and has the same physical appearance—and personality. So much so, my friend said when she read the book she had to laugh sometimes at what the character said or did. She also said she didn’t realize I knew her so well. We’re not bosom buddies, in fact what we share in common is watching General Hospital, the soap opera (though I must confess, I sleep through most of the hour), a love of reading, and we do go to movies together sometimes to see ones her other friends can’t be bothered with: all the Harry Potter movies, the Twilight movies, Avatar.
Her two little dogs are in the book too, though when she read it she informed me I got them mixed up, wrong name for the type of dog. Oh well, they are still brave and actually save the day.
If you read Raging Water you’ll see that Miqui Sherwood plays a most important part. As to whether or not the character learned anything, I don’t think so. I think she’d be just as brave and foolhardy no matter what came along.
Raging Water Blurb: Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundatedand a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.
I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me reassure you that every book is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved. . Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Intervention, Wing Beat, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears With Us, Raging Water.
Bio: Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and follow her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/
Marilyn borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area.
Do enter Marilyn’s giveaway contest for a copy of the previous Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, BEARS WITH US. Leave a comment and you're automatically entered. Include your email addy so she can get in touch with you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on her blog (http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com) on December 11, 2012. Good luck!