Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why My Rocky Bluff Characters Won’t Let Me Go

I'm pleased to have Marilyn Meredith (aka F.M. Meredith) with us today as she makes the rounds on her blog tour to promote the most recent novel in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series. I've asked her to tell us why her Rocky Bluff characters won't let her go.

Believe me when I wrote Final Respects I had no idea that it would turn into a series. But here I am now promoting #10, Murder in the Worst Degree.

The more I wrote about the men and women who are part of the Rocky Bluff P.D. and their loved ones, the more I wanted to learn about them. And the more I learned about them, the more real they became to me.

And as their creator, I know more about them than I do my own family and friends. That may sound crazy to you, but think about it, I know how each of these people think. With my family and friends I can only guess—sometimes I’m right, but often I’m not even close.

I really want to know how Detective Milligan and his wife, Officer Stacey Milligan, and their son, Davey, are doing. And of course there are her parents who are renting a room to Officer Gordon Butler.

And will Gordon ever find a woman to love who loves him back?

What about Officer Felix Zachary? Is anything new happening with him and his wife Wendy? And how is she doing with their baby, little Ruby?

When Officer Ryan Strickland and his wife’s infant is born—how is he going to handle the fact that the baby has Down Syndrome? And what about her three sons?

Will there be any changes in the Rocky Bluff Police Department itself?

And of course, there is a murder to be solved or else why would I have called the book, Murder in the Worst Degree?

I hope that answers your question, Patricia, and thank you so much for hosting me today.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Blurb for the latest RBPD mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree
The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
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Bio: F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.


Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used as a character in a book if you comment on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.

Tomorrow you can find me here: http://judys-stew.blogspot.com/


  1. Here's wishing you great success with your new book, Marilyn. It sounds like a winner!

  2. Thank you, John. I had a great time writing it.

    And Patricia, I want to thank you so very much for hosting me today.

    1. Marilyn, it's my pleasure! I love your Rocky Bluff PD series - I've read them all - and, yesterday, I finally got my copy of "Murder in the Worst Degree" in the mail. Can't wait to start reading it!

  3. Wow! Ten books in a series. That's quite an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your feelings about your characters. And thanks, Patricia, for bringing us this post.

  4. James, I started a long, long time ago. It took me a while to get settled with a good publisher--but I kept on writing.

  5. Congrats and much success, Marilyn. Soon as I catch up on my own writing, I will definitely grab a copy - looks so intriguing. :-)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara. You ought to see my TBR pile!

  6. This was an intriguing post, and I enjoyed what you said about knowing what they're thinking. You're obviously having so much fun with these characters, and it shows in the books.
    Marja McGraw

    1. Hi, Marja, you hit the nail on the head--I do love these characters.

  7. It's clear that you're very invested in your characters. They sound like a great group of people!

  8. That's a great way to put it, Staci--it has been a rewarding investment.