A Visit From Mystery Writer Marilyn Meredith

Mother Nature and Her Influence on My Writing

Murder in the Worst Degree

Though I’ve experienced several hurricanes, I’ve yet to use one in one my books and there’s a good reason. Both my mystery series are set in California and we don’t have hurricanes here.

The Rocky Bluff P.D. series is set in a small beach community in Southern California. I lived in the area for many years, and yes, we did have some winter rain storms and flooding. Living on the coast though, fog is so frequent that it plays a big part in nearly all of my RBPD mysteries.

Though new writers are often warned not to begin a book with the weather, using it to up the tension and to add another layer to the action works well.

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Murder in the Worst Degree does have its share of fog. It also has unusual surf which brings in a body—and that’s how it begins.

There is one more natural phenomenon that happens in California without warning and yes, it plays a part in Murder in the Worst Degree.

If you live in California, you can probably guess what that is, if not, you can read the book and find out what happens and how it affects the story.

Blurb for the lasts RBPD mystery, Murder in the Worst Degree: The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

Meredith in patio

Bio: F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.

Webpage: http://fictionforyou.com/
Blog: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.meredith/

Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used as a character in a book if you are the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting Evelyn Cullet at http://evelycullet.com/blog/


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15 responses to “A Visit From Mystery Writer Marilyn Meredith

  1. Thank you, George, for hosting me today!

  2. M.M. Gornell

    Hurricanes! Hurricanes and tornadoes are sure scary. Love how you bring weather into your writing. Looking forward to reading Murder in the Worst Degree. Body in the surf sounds so intriguing…


  3. I must say I love the title of your new novel! Weather can be an important part of setting in a novel. Congrats on the new book.

  4. Michael A. Black

    What? You don’t have hurricanes in California? You’ve got me intrigued already. And as far as that other phenomenon you mentioned, does it have anything to do with electing crazy politicians? That’s our naturally occurrence here in Illinois.

    • Hi, Mike, we do have big storms and mud slides like the one they had in Washington state, and yes, we do elect crazy and do nothing helpful politicians–but something else big happens.

  5. Following this series is like getting to know you drop by drop (or wave by wave might be more apropos!). I am an admirer of your prolific output! Wonderful to see the great stories continue to come.

  6. Hi, Marilyn: Nice post. I agree entirely about weather – used well, it can be an important tool, and certainly a scene-setter. I grew up in snow country- I would never think weather is unimportant!

  7. Weather can be as much of a character as the antagonist. So can setting, but I’ll bet you address that later this tour! They both factor into the mood of the work.

  8. Weather always plays an important part in mybooks–and yes, I’ll be talking about setting later on.

  9. Nancy LiPetri

    I’m a Nature fanatic and can’t imagine not writing about the way it affects my characters’ moods and opportunities. Am especially intrigued when a dead body is found in Mother Nature’s elements. Thanks for another great post.

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