Welcome, Marilyn–and Deputy Tempe Crabtree

September 8, 2016

I consider it a special treat when Marilyn comes to visit, and I’m among the many who consider her inspirational and a guiding light in all she does and accomplishes. As one of her fans, I’ve read lots of her books(1) in two series, and Deputy Tempe Crabtree is one of my favorites. I’m also fond of Nick Two John. So, I asked Marilyn if she would share Tempe’s back story.  Here’s Marilyn….

A Sunny Day on the Patio


Marilyn lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains. She is a member of Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.



Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s Back Story

Though an American Indian, Tempe wasn’t raised on the reservation. Instead, she lived with her Native mother and white father in the town of Bear Creek. During her childhood, her grandmother lived with the family, and she greatly influenced Tempe with her stories and legends.

Tempe married and had a son, when her husband died she was left to raise her son on her own. An aunt left her a small cottage in Bear Creek where she continues to live. She became a Tulare County Deputy Sheriff, and was soon assigned as resident deputy of the mountain area surrounding Bear Creek.

When her son, Blair, was a teen, Tempe met and married the local pastor, Hutch Hutchinson. Though they have a strong love, at times Tempe’s use of native rituals and mysticism has caused some problems between the couple. Her close friendship with the owner of the local Inn, Nick Two John, has sometimes made Hutch jealous.

Overlooking the Valley

Overlooking the Valley

Nick Two John educated Tempe about her heritage, and in his own unique manner, has helped her solve several cases.

Other problems have risen in Tempe and Hutch’s marriage, including them being on opposite sides of whether or not the local reservation should have a casino.

Though the Bear Creek Indian Reservation has its own police force, once in a while Tempe is asked to help out with an investigation.

Because Bear Creek is so remote, the county violent crimes detectives use Tempe as an on-site investigator in murder cases. Their respect for her abilities has grown over the years.

Tempe’s son Blair has grown into adulthood, and is now a fireman and in the book before this one, married.

This compacted back story covers many mysteries.

And here’s Marilyn’s latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s mystery:

Seldom Traveled Front Cover

Seldom Traveled

Seldom Traveled

The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.

Buy directly from the publisher in all different formats: http://mundania.com/book.php?title=Seldom+Traveled

I’ll be glad to answer any questions. (easy to ask in a comment. Marilyn’s email and blog are also included below.)

http://fictionforyou.com and http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com



And as a special bonus, Marilyn has a new contest:

New Contest:

Winners will be randomly picked from those leaving the most comments on the blog posts during my blog tour. Each winner can choose one of the earlier books in the series as either a print book or e-book.

I am visiting here tomorrow: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/

(1) Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40.

9 Responses to “Welcome, Marilyn–and Deputy Tempe Crabtree”

  1. Terell Byrd said

    Think I missed a couple books. I didn’t know some of these things about Tempe. Great post.

  2. bkschroeder said

    Tempe sounds like a fascinating person, not merely a fictional character but a real live human being. No wonder everyone loves your books!

  3. marilynm said

    GB, I really do feel like Tempe and all those who inhabit Beard Creek are real–at least to me!

  4. mmgornell said

    Fond memories! Yes, giggling teenagers if you can imagine…

  5. gbpool said

    Marilyn has created an entire world with her characters. Just reading Tempe’s history shows that Marilyn knows these people like family. This makes for a terrific series because the reader gets to know everybody, too.

  6. marilynm said

    Thanks for commenting, Jackie. Madeline is terrific, we’ve been roommates at conferences– and we were transformed to giggling teenagers.

  7. jtzortman said

    Interesting post about Tempe’s background, Marilyn. Maleline has a special place in my heart, too, though we’ve never met. Once more, good job by both of you.

  8. mmgornell said

    Welcome, Marilyn, and you are so right, don’t see each other enough. Hope you have a great day in the desert–it’s a perfect day, and the temperature outside is “just right!”

  9. marilynm said

    Madeline and I are good friends–though we don’t get to see one another often–so it’a great pleasure to be visiting with her today.

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