Welcome F. M. Meredith!

October 31, 2018

Today I’m welcoming Marilyn Meredith, who writes her Rocky Bluff series as F. M.Meredith. Under either moniker, I’m always so pleased when Marilyn visits. From the first time I met her–way back around 2009 or so–she has been a constant inspiration and guiding light. She’s also heck-of-nice person. Here she is…

Marilyn in Vegas 1

The Big Question—How Do You Plot?

Madeline wanted to know how my plots came together, planned or as I go.

The simple answer is a little bit of both. This is what happened with Tangled Webs.

Whenever I begin a new Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, I first think about where I left the characters in the last book as far as their private lives and know I want to move things forward for them or create bigger problems.

The next thing is who am I going to kill off and who might have wanted to see this person dead.

In this book, I decided it should be a teacher in a day care center. I’ve worked in two pre-schools and two day cares and have knowledge about what goes on in them, including theft and using school resources for a person’s private means. This gave me the main plot idea.

At that point, I began creating the characters themselves and their possible motivations. And like in most of my books, once I got started writing the characters themselves gave me ideas how to move forward.

As with all the Rocky Bluff P.D. books there are some side plots, one is about Detective Milligan’s teen aged daughter and a friend. That one was a surprise to me.

Because people always want to know if an author is a plotter or a pantser (writing by the seat of your pants), I’m a bit of both. Hope that answers your question, Madeline.




Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.

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M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn once lived in a beach town much like Rocky Bluff. She has many friends and relatives in law enforcement. She’s a member of MWA, 3 chapters of Sisters in Crime and serves on the PSWA Board.

Blog: https://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

Facebook: Marilyn Meredith

Twitter: @marilynmeredith

Webpage: http://fictionforyou.com

Next up is an excerpt from Tangled Webs at https://evelyncullet.com/blog/


Thank you for visiting me out here in the Mojave, Marilyn! Always glad when your blog tour comes out my way. Looking forward to reading Tangled Webs!

11 Responses to “Welcome F. M. Meredith!”

  1. marilynm said

    Thanks, Marja, we all change–so fictional characters should too.

  2. Another good post, Marilyn! I particularly like your comment about remembering what was going on with the characters in the last book. Keeping them growing really makes a difference.

  3. marilynm said

    Lida, thank you for visiting–and your kind words.

  4. Lida said

    Great post, Marilyn! I really appreciate how you condense your explanations so simply, yet there’s enough there to provide a good amount of direction. As Madeline, stated, you are definitely an inspiration!

  5. marilynm said

    Mar, what I like best is knowing ho my characters will react to events that happen in their lives.

  6. marilynm said

    Thanks for commenting, Jacqueline. I had fun with this one.

  7. Marilyn, I wish it were that simple for me. But there’s a lot to be said about knowing your characters intimately. What they ate for breakfast, what their father did for a living, whether their car and work space is a mess? It all matters when you’re working up a plot. I think.

  8. photojaq said

    This was great, Marilyn. You make it so clear how to plot a mystery… so why can’t “I” do it? Haha. I’ve written some children’s stories – 7 in one family – so I know what a great start it is to build on their lives for the start. I think, like you, I am a bit of a plotter and panster.
    Thanks for hosting Marilyn and “how she dunnit”, Madeline!

  9. marilynm said

    Hi, Jacqueline–it’s not quite as easy as that, but it’s the general idea.

  10. marilynm said

    As always, thank you so much for hosting me once again!

  11. Thank you, Marilyn, for your insightful comments. That was a very good point about going back to see where your characters were at the end of the last novel. Looking forward to reading this latest adventure.

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