She’s Done it Again!
October 5, 2013
Welcome to Marilyn Meredith!
Yes, Marilyn’s done it again and written another great Deputy Tempe Crabtree novel, Spirit Shapes. As I’ve said in the past, Marilyn is a guiding light for me in the way of writing, promotions, and “what it means to be a good writer.” Consequently I’m always thrilled when she can visit. I asked Marilyn to talk about where her story ideas come from…
Where, When and How I Get My Story Ideas
To be perfectly honest, I don’t have any wonderful formula for gathering story ideas.
Sometimes, a thought strikes me such as I ought to write about ghost hunters discovering a body in a suspected haunted house. That’s exactly how the idea came to me for Spirit Shapes, the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. From there I did some research on ghost hunters, not a lot, just enough to know what my ghost hunters might do and say.
I didn’t have to do much research into haunted houses because I’ve done a lot in the past, and my own house is haunted to a slight degree—yes, it is—and hubby and I love to stay in haunted hotels.
From there I began thinking about who or what might be haunting the particular house in my story and I drew on some old stories I’ve heard and changed them a bit.
When I’m writing about Tempe, I always want some Indian mysticism and a way to include Nick Two John in the plot. I found a great quote that gave me the title to the story.
I always keep interesting news items, events that I could ask the question, “What if it happened this way instead?” I once heard Mary Higgins Clark say that’s often how she began with an idea for a story. Nowadays, that story might be something I read on the Internet. I print it out and tuck it into a folder.
When I’m trying to come with an idea for my next novel, I cull through the things I’ve stashed in that folder—actually I have about three such folders.
Often when I’ve actually started writing, more ideas start coming at me. Sometimes I’ll get an idea in the night. I’ve learned that I must write whatever I’ve thought of done or it will be lost.
Actually, there are more ideas floating around than I’ll ever be able to use. Isn’t that wonderful?
Spirit Shapes: Ghost hunters stumble upon a murdered teen in a haunted house. Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation pulls her into a whirlwind of restless spirits, good and evil, intertwined with the past and the present, and demons and angels at war.
For those of you who haven’t “met” Marilyn, here’s a little about this wonderfully prolific author.
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. She borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of Bear Creek and the surrounding area, including the nearby Tule River Indian Reservation. She does like to remind everyone that she is writing fiction. 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://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/
To buy direction from the publisher in all formats: http://mundania.com/book.php?title=Spirit+Shapes Also available directly from Amazon.
And there’s something special Marilyn is offering!
Contest: The person who comments on the most blogs on this blog tour will have the opportunity to have a character named after him or her in the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
Tomorrow I’ll be visiting at: http://poluckwithjudy.blogspot.com