Welcome Marilyn!

November 9, 2014

Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith

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!)

River Spirits By Marilyn Meredith

River Spirits
By Marilyn Meredith



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:
For Kindle:
Amazon paperback:
For Nook

  *** 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/

With Marilyn at recent LCC Conference in Monterrey

With Marilyn at recent LCC Conference in Monterrey


19 Responses to “Welcome Marilyn!”

  1. Patricia, thank you for calling me an inspiration.
    Thanks for stopping by, Quintin.
    Hi, Linda, I’m so glad you’re following the tour. Hope you like the book.

  2. It makes sense to me, Karen. I think your characters have to be real (in your mind) for it to all work. I was writing the climax chapters of my 2nd book this weekend. They’ve always been in my head, but I’m just starting to put them on paper. What’s weird is how scared I get when I put the words down. I know all will end well, but it doesn’t matter. I’m scaring myself with an ending I want to be a little scary.

  3. I love it when one of my characters does something different from what I was expecting. That’s when I know they’ve filled out and become real people (in the fictional sense, if that’s even possible!).

  4. We’re 2 hours later from California time here in the Nashville, TN area, so it may’ve looked like my comment was a lot earlier than it actually was. I’m way behind you with a debut novel on the way, but I’ve found that my character takes on a life of her own too. Sure look forward to reading your new book.

  5. My goodness, while I was at church a whole bunch of you sneaked in here and I’m so glad you did! I’ve got everyone’s name down and thank you for stopping by!

  6. Ann Howley said

    Marilyn, I would like to sit down with Tempe over a cup of coffee and ask her what her secret is to keep you guessing! I love that you learn something new about her in every book.

  7. From both a writer’s and a reader’s perspective, this was such a great insight into the characters that appear in our favorite books and in those books we will be reading int he future. They really do seem to have a life of their own and when they speak, we writers should listen.

  8. Fun to know more about your creativity, Marilyn. When I finished my first book, one character kept talking to me nonstop. She has so much to reveal in the second story, surprising even me. She decided there has to be a follow-up before I’d even decided to write one.

  9. I find it amazing that our characters take over sometimes, and that’s half the fun. Love the books, Marilyn, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts about the character, Tempe, with us.

  10. Jake said

    Always enjoy your books and learning how you view characters.

  11. JL Greger said

    I enjoy Tempe because she does grow and change with each novel. I also like that she’s real – not flaky or silly.

  12. stephen tremp said

    Its great to keep the characters going in new books. Because they are so real shows you have much passion with your writing. Good luck with the blog tour!

  13. dragonmis said

    If your characters are growing and changing with each book, it shows how real they are.

  14. I love that Tempe still surprises you. All the better to keep the character fresh and show growth. This book is on my list!

  15. Hi Patricia, you must have sneaked in while I wasn’t looking. So nice to see you here–and you know exactly what I’m talking about since you write a series too.

  16. My goodness you folks are up early! It’s only 6:10 here in California. I want to thank Madeline for hosting me today. She’s one of my good friends both on line and in person. Quintin, thank you. And Linda, thank you so much for following along on my blog tour–and I hope you enjoy the book.

  17. Marilyn,
    I feel the same way about my characters. I love watching them change and grow. Writing a mystery series, is truly an adventure.
    BTW, Madeline, Marilyn is an inspiration to me too!

  18. Quintin Peterson said

    Great article.

  19. That’s a good sign that you have a relationship with your character. They should come alive on the page. From the Tempe Crabtree books I’ve read, she was real to me. I ordered my copy of River Spirits last week, so I think it should be here tomorrow. Mundane Press uses UPS ground.

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