Tempe Crabtree–What a Great Name!
September 13, 2012
I’m honored to feature Marilyn Meredith today. She’s on a blog tour, and Deputy Tempe Crabtree is a very interesting character. Here’s Marilyn…
Madeline asked me to write about this topic. I’ve been writing about Tempe for a long, long time. To be perfectly honest, she seems like a real person to me.
Her creation began a long time ago when I went on a ride-along with a female police officer in the small town of Porterville. From the hours of 3 a.m. until 6 she didn’t get a single call. During that time she told me what it was like to be the only female officer in the department and being a single mom with a son who worried about her dangerous job. I also interviewed the female resident deputy of the town I lived in and she truly bared her soul about her job. When I met a young Native American woman at a totally unrelated function, I knew I wanted to combine these women into one character and from them Tempe Crabtree emerged.
I’ve had people ask me if there’s anything of me in Tempe and the answer has to be “no.” The only exception might be Tempe’s strength and her sense of right from wrong. I’m not Indian—though I have a great-granddaughter and a granddaughter who are part Indians (different tribes)—but I’ve borrowed a lot from the Indians who live on the Tule River Indian Reservation.
I’ve never been in law enforcement though I have many relatives who have been or are now. My uncle was an LAPD motorcycle cop. My son-in-law was many years with Oxnard P.D. and 6 months as an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy until he was killed in the line of duty. I learned a lot from him and he is the one who got me interested in writing about people in law enforcement. And today, my grandson-in-law is a deputy in Southern California and one of my grandsons is an Aspen police officer. And yes, I do get ideas from them and I know what’s important in their lives.
When Tempe faces a challenge of any kind, I know how she will react. I know how she’ll talk to people. I know she’ll always try to find out the truth. She’ll never take the easy way out no matter what it may cost her.
In Tempe latest adventure, Raging Water, she faces some challenges she’s never had before.
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 inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.
Contest: The person who leaves comments on the most blogs will have his/her name used for a character in my next book—can choose if you want it in a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery or a Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel.
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.
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.
Thanks, Marilyn for visiting my blog today, and much success with all your wonderful titles. I love both your series!