November 9, 2014
You’ve heard me say it before, but I can’t say it enough, Marilyn Meredith is a guiding light of inspiration for me. I’ve followed her lead in many areas, which meant trying a lot of things, because Marilyn does not hesitate to “go do it!” I love her Tempe Crabtree series, and so glad I can post about her new book. Today Marilyn offers us some thoughts about her and Tempe.
My Relationship with Deputy Tempe Crabtree
Though Tempe is my creation, I’ve watched her change and grow through each book.
I often tell people that though I’ve been married to my husband for over sixty years, most of the time I have no idea what he’s thinking. With my characters, since I get inside their heads to write about them, I do know what they are thinking.
Most of the time, that is.
There have been times during this series that Tempe has done something that totally surprised me. Yes, I know, I’m the one who is writing what she sees, feels, hears, and does, but sometimes when I’m putting together a scene, I think she’s going to do one thing and she kind of takes control and does something different.
I’ve learned about Tempe with each book. There were some things about her that I wrote, but had no idea why she felt the way she did, but the cause or what happened in the past would be revealed to me as the I wrote the next story about her.
Though each one revolves around a mystery or a crime, usually a murder, things about Tempe’s earlier life often influence what she does or how she does it.
I know Tempe is a fictional character, a person who only lives in my mind, but when I think about her, it seems to me that she is real. She is as real to me as anyone I know—and frankly, I know her better than I do any of my friends.
So what you’d call this relationship I have with Tempe, I don’t know, but it’s one I hope to have for a long, long time. (I’m counting on it, Marilyn!)
While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacredground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
Here’s where you can buy River Spirits:
From the publisher, all formats:
*** AND there’s a contest too!***
The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour.
He or she can either have a character in my next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.
Tomorrow you can find me at Patricia Gligor’s place: http://pat.writersforum.blogspot.com/
Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest River Spirits from Mundania Press. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/