by Marilyn Meredith
Exactly what is a muse? In my thesaurus it states that it’s another word for inspiration. Frankly, inspiration seems to be more of what I’d call what moves me forward while I’m beginning to write a new book. Inspiration is also what keeps me going as I plod along, putting words down on paper, creating a scene and developing the characters.
Because I’m writing two books a year which is what I need to do because I’m writing two mystery series, I need to be bombarded with inspiration.
My latest book is in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. This series centers around a small police department in beach community located between Ventura and Santa Barbara in California and stars the officers and their families. In the latest few books, Officer Stacey Wilbur, a widow with a young son, and Detective Doug Milligan have been romantically involved. When I began writing ANGEL LOST I knew that it was time for these two to tie the knot and that I’d be writing about their wedding.
Because I’m writing a mystery and not a romance novel, I had to figure out what would be the main plot to weave all the other plot lines around—and it had to focus on Stacey and her wedding plans. Of course things could not go smoothly and I knew from the beginning that my heroine would find herself in danger.
The nightly appearance of an angel on a furniture window involves many of the officers on the Rocky Bluff P.D. and their families and ultimately has a major impact on the story. The inspiration for this unusual event came from a similar happening in a nearby town which brought hundreds of people every night to view the phenomena and kept two police officers busy keeping everyone safe.
Since ANGEL LOST has come out, of course much of my time has been spent promoting it on the web and in person. In the meantime, I’ve also been drawing on my muse, looking for inspiration, for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which of course, is a topic for a whole other blog post.
ABOUT MARILYN MEREDITHF.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of nearly thirty published novels. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is ANGEL LOST. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Internet chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her athttp://fictionforyou.com and her blog athttp://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com
Blurb about ANGEL LOST:
As plans for her perfect wedding fill her mind, Officer Stacey Wilbur is sent out to trap a flasher, the new hire realizes Rocky Bluff P.D. is not the answer to his problems, Abel Navarro can’t concentrate on the job because of worry about his mother, Officer Gordon Butler has his usual upsets, the sudden appearance of an angel in the window of a furniture store captures everyone’s imagination and causes problems for RBPD, and then the worst possible happens—will Stacey and Doug’s wedding take place?
Reader comment on ANGEL LOST:
“A pervert threatens women joggers on the beach, a robber threatens wealthy homes on the bluff, and an angel watches over the townspeople from a downtown window. F. M. Merediths’ latest Rocky Bluff P. D. novel is a gentle human drama about loneliness and change, through which the reader is pulled, page after page, by an assortment of compelling criminal curiosities.” –C. N. Nevets, author of psychological suspense.
Sharon is guest blogging today with Mystery Author Regan Taylor at: http://regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com