WRITING THE ON-GOING SERIES

Welcome my writer friend and mentor Marilyn Meredith who agreed to share her expertise on the challenges in Writing the On-going Series. She tells us about UNRESOLVED, her latest. Here’s Marilyn.

Unresolved is number thirteen in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. And yes, there are many challenges to keeping a long series going.

First, of course, is making each book interesting enough that readers will want to find out what’s happening in Rocky Bluff. When I’m writing each new mystery, I want it to be complete, with the mystery solved, so if someone is reading the series for the first time, the story will read like a stand-alone.

Because to me, the police officers’ families are as important as the officers themselves and the job they do, I need to include what’s happening in their private lives. Anyone who has read through the series knows that there have been marriage problems, new marriages, unrequited love, children growing up, an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s, the birth of a child with Down syndrome, and much more.

The police chief retired and a woman has taken his place. What problems she faces as being the new boss and female need to be addressed.

The Rocky Bluff Police Department is underfunded and lacks most of the equipment larger departments have. In most cases, the detectives must rely on the old-fashioned way of solving crimes.

Frankly, I thought this book might me the last one, some of the loose ends have been tied—but now I want to know more about the characters—what else is happening in their lives. That’s what always compels me to write the next book.

F.M. aka Marilyn Meredith

#13 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Unresolved Blurb:

Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

Copies may be purchased from Book and Table by emailing bookandtablevaldosta@gmail.com with a 10% discount and free shipping, as well as all the usual places.

Bio: F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. 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. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

Next I’m visiting http://cherleygroggauthor.weebly.com/blogUnresolved.jpg

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About sharonervin

I write novels for and about women. I work half-days in my husband and son's law office. A former newspaper reporter, I have a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. I have four grown children.
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7 Responses to WRITING THE ON-GOING SERIES

  1. marilynm says:

    I’m glad to finally be here. Thank you, Sharon, I hope this wasn’t too stressful for you.

    • sharonervin says:

      Took my granddaughter to work out, so all is well. A little sore from the work out, but only joy from finally accomplishing the blog. Thanks for providing the challenge.

  2. I know what you mean. We write several series, and I can’t wait to find out what will happen to the characters.

  3. Always enjoy your comments about the specific story and your general writing tips.

  4. That’s a good discussion of all the things we have to think about if we’re writing a series. I always like following the protagonist’s family through a series.

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