September 25, 2017

I’m not sure if re-energized is a word, but that’s how I feel following Marilyn Meredith around on her blog tour (including here in the Mojave.) Made me face-up to the fact I’ve been really lazy recently. Thank you, Marilyn, for re-emphasizing, re-energizing, and reminding me that I actually love writing and everything associated with it. (sigh–even promotions–which I’m sneaking-in below.) And be sure to follow me and my fellow writers at Writers in Residence. I’m thinking my next post there will be on connotations and denotations of words! Real attention grabber, right? (smile)

I also have a post coming up on September 28 on Marilyn Meredith’s Blog where I talk about the music of writing. It’s an edited revision of an earlier post on Writers in Residence. (Jacqueline Vick pointed out how re-visiting blogs could be interesting) Turned out, for me, it was indeed very interesting to see if I still felt the same about the topic. I did, whew!

Thank you! if you have already read my latest, and if you left a review, my sincerest gratitude. Writing reviews takes time and effort, and I greatly appreciate them!


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Welcome to Marilyn Meredith!

September 23, 2017

The most prolific, popular, and accomplished author Marilyn Meredith has a new Tempe Crabtree book–just released in August. And today she’s sharing with us the logistics of Tempe getting older. It’s an interesting topic, I think–balancing “moving on” and character’s getting older…Here’s Marilyn!

Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith’s published book count is nearing 40. She is one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra, a place with many similarities to Tempe Crabtree’s patrol area.

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Aging of Characters

In some series the characters never seem to grow older. In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Tempe and her family have aged, though probably not as much as if in real time. To be honest I never stopped to figure it out, nor really kept track as I should have.

In the first books, Tempe has a teenaged son, Blair. Through the series he’s gone away to college, graduated, become a fireman though it’s all happened “off screen.”  In Not as it Seems he gets married with the wedding becoming a major part of the plot.

Frankly, I’m not sure how old Tempe is, I only had a vague idea in the beginning of her age. Now, all I can say is she’s old enough to be the mother of Blair, and to have been a deputy for a long time. She may be getting close to retiring time. At this point, I’ve only thought about that and what I might have happen.

Tempe and Hutch met in Deadly Trail and were married in Deadly Omen, though I didn’t write about their wedding. If I were to do it all over again, I think I’d do a better job of planning. The reason I didn’t is because I never thought I’d write so many books in this series—it just happened. I kept wanting to know what happened to Tempe next and the only way to find out was write the next book.

One fact I can give you is that I’ve aged plenty since I started writing this series. (you certainly don’t look it, Marilyn!)

What do you think about your favorite fictional characters, should they age, or remain around the same age forever? (feel free to share your opinion in a comment!)

Here’s a tantalizing teaser from Marilyn for A Cold Death:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer, another a ghost.

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And there’s more!

Contest: Once again I’m going to use the name of the person who comments on the most blogs on my tour for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which may be the last in the series.

Tomorrow: I’ll be here:  I’ll be talking about How Tempe Crabtree has Changed Through the Series.

I’ve read A Cold Death, and thoroughly enjoyed Marilyn’s latest Tempe adventure. Here’s my review (on Amazon),

I’m fond of British mysteries, especially Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, so being stranded at a camp in a blizzard was a very enjoyable traditional kind of setting and plot for me. I’ve followed this series with delight because there are always interesting characters popping into Tempe and Hutch’s world, while they remain traditional and straightforward–even when there’s a touch of the ethereal! So in this Tempe adventure, there’s a great closed setting atmosphere, great character/suspects, and other-worldly happenings! This Tempe adventure easily took me away, I even shivered a couple times, and for me, that’s the mark of good writing. I certainly enjoyed, and highly recommend.

Moving On…

August 25, 2017

For once I’m moving right into my next book after just having my last one published. Trying to be more like my more prolific author friends! Hard–in that I’m a rather slow writer. (And in case you missed it, Rhodes The Movie-Maker is still available in all the usual places! (smile))  RTMMFront300dpi2500pixAmazon Author Page  –   Barnes and Noble Online

In the past, seems like my mind needed a lull–mindless DVD watching or Ngaio Marsh or Agatha Christie audio-books. Input, not output. Well for once, I’m working on the next book–and it looks like it will be a third Rhodes tale. I’ve highlighted third, because it will be my first third.(smile) Title, Rhodes The Caretakers.

Also, Marilyn Meredith will be visiting here September 23, and be sure to catch my fellow Writers in Residence (and me in turn) every Wednesday at  Writers in Residence.

Back to work…