Marilyn Meredith is Here! (And with a New Tempe Adventure)
September 15, 2015
I just love it when Marilyn¹ starts here blog tours with me! In the past I’ve gone on and on about what an inspiration this hard-working and talented lady is (for me and all writers)–and when needed, a helping hand. But yes, I’m saying it again–you couldn’t ask for a better guiding light!
So Where Do Real People Fit in Your Mysteries?
Madeline asked me this question, and it’s a good one. Over the years, there have been various essences of real people in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries.
Tempe is a combination of a Yokut woman that I met, a resident deputy and a police woman I went on a ride-along with one night years ago. All three were strong women and share personality traits with Tempe.
A teacher who taught grandchildren of her first students and didn’t quit teaching until she was in her late seventies became a principal in one of the earlier books. The character didn’t look like the teacher, but I definitely thought of the real person as I wrote her into the story.
Because I live in a small town much like Bear Creek with people who’ve lived here all their lives and those who have moved here to get away from the big cities, I’ve gleaned a lot from both experiences. Like any place, we have people who have a lot and those who don’t—all I’ve had to do is pay attention to what’s going on around me to come up with interesting characters with stories to tell.
I actually used a real person as a character, not her name, but at her request, her description, her pets, and her personality quirks. She’s actually appeared in two books, and I might use her in another one day. She loved it, and all of her friends said I truly captured her.
In my latest, Not as It Seems, most of the characters have appeared in my imagination just as I depicted them. None are based on anyone that I know, except for the fact that each one has bits and pieces of folks I’ve met along the way of a long life.
Not as It Seems
Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.
Character Naming Contest:
Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.
Tomorrow I’ll be stopping by Evelyn Cullet’s http://Evelyncullet.com/ and telling where the idea for Not as It Seems came from.
¹Bio: Marilyn Meredith now lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.