My friend and one of my favorite authors, Marilyn Meredith, is visiting today. I always enjoy having her visit, and she always finds interesting things to write about. Today's post is short but interesting. Check out the details for a book giveaway at the end of the post, too. Welcome, Marilyn!
The Inspiration for Violent Departures
On a previous blog, I wrote a post about the inspiration for the main plot of the latest book in my Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, a newspaper article about a man who disappeared right out of his car that was left running in his driveway.
But there is something else that inspired one of the plot threads and that was a memory I had of the days back when Charlie Manson and his crew were in the news, how and where they lived.
It also brought back memories of hippies and the “flower children” of the past. Because I lived through those times, lots of ideas flooded my thoughts.
Though none of them are in the book, some of those memories gave me an idea that became rather important in solving the main plot of the story.
It is amazing how many different things can trigger a plot idea or give you other threads that can be woven into the whole of a story.
F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith
Blurb for Violent Departures:
College student, Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges.
F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels. 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. Besides having family members in law enforcement, she lived in a town much like Rocky Bluff with many police families as neighbors.
Because it has been popular on my other blog tours, once again I’m offering the chance for the person who comments on the most blog posts during this tour to have a character named for him or her in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery.
Or if that doesn’t appeal, the person may choose one of the earlier books in the series—either a print book or Kindle copy.
Tomorrow I’m answering a question I’ve never been asked before, “Who Do I Write For?”