DEFINITIONS OF BUG USED IN THIS BLOG -
1. Slang verb or noun: concern or annoy (most common use of the word in this blog),
2. Proper noun: best dog I know,
3. Proper noun: name of dog in COMING FLU and MURDER: A NEW WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT,
4. Noun: computer error or flaw, and
5. Noun: an insect
Sunday, March 17, 2013
What Bugs Guest Blogger: MARILYN MEREDITH?
I'm delighted to introduce my guest Marilyn (alias FM) Meredith. I think you'll quickly see she's
a wonderful writer and a caring person.On Friday, we'll be back to blogging about science and writing.
What Bugs Me Janet asked me to write about a big issue that bugs me and
how I’ve incorporated the issue into my novels.
I had to think about this a bit, but it dawned on me that
what had bugged me is the foundation of why I wrote the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime
In movies, TV and books that have police officers as
characters, with few exceptions, too many are either dumb, on the take,
alcoholics, perhaps even evil, and womanizers with shaky, if any, family ties. Even
the female officers seemed to be seriously flawed, have an addiction, or never
be able to sustain a healthy relationship with anyone. (One big exception is
Blue Bloods, a fairly TV new series.) But when I started writing the RBPD
series, this is how most cops were depicted.
I’ve had several law enforcement officers in my family and
am friends with even more. What I’ve seen is that most of them are like the
rest of us: they do their jobs to the best of their abilities, have interesting
personality quirks, love their wives and families and have problems like all
the rest of us.
What I wanted to depict in my mysteries were characters who
were more like the men and women in law enforcement that I know. Yes, I’ve
known some stinkers and I’ve written about them in a highly fictionalized
manner.I’ve also incorporated the
publicity hound, the only female on the force—different gals—and that changes
in my latest, Dangerous Impulses—the
cop who uses his job as an advantage, the fellow who has a psychological problem
that needs treatment, the police widow, the by-the-book cop, and the officers
who are facing all sorts of family problems. Of course, I’ve thrown in a few
not so likeable characters here and there.
Trying to avoid stereotypes, I believe I’ve created officers
who the reader will enjoy following and cheering on, as they confront crime and
their own personal issues. The books are primarily mysteries, but the readers
always knows what’s going on in the officers’ families—some issues are bigger
From reviews, I know that one of my readers’ favorite
characters is Gordon Butler.He’s
had quite a time of it. His wife was stolen by his training officer, he’s
wrecked brand new police cars, and he yearns for a romantic interest. Though he
is definitely a rule follower, things don’t seem to work out for him. While he
was looking for a place to rent, one of my fans said she thought about letting
him sleep in her extra bedroom.
I’ve been fortunate in being a member of the Public Safety
Writers Association where I’m friends with many law enforcement officers. I’ve
had help from them with plot ideas, and I’ve also been able to observe them and
know how diverse they are in personality and looks.
One thing I always remind people, Rocky Bluff P.D. is a fictional
police department that resides in my imagination, so I can do things the way I
want. As one reviewer said, “Most crimes are solved the old-fashioned way
interviewing anyone connected to what’s happened, lots of footwork, and the
collection and sorting of clues.”
Now a bit about Dangerous Impulses
An attractive new-hire captivates
Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary’s wife Wendy is befuddled by her
new baby, Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news about her
pregnancy, while the bloody murder of a mother and her son and an unidentified
drug that sickens teenaged partiers jolts the Rocky Bluff P.D. Buy link:
The person who comments on the most
blog posts on this tour may have a character named after him or her in the next
Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel or choose a book from the previous titles in the
Rocky Bluff P.D. series in either paper or for Kindle.
Rocky Bluff P.D. Series:
Though each book in the Rocky Bluff
P.D. series is written as a stand-alone, I know there are people who like to
read a series in order. From the beginning to the end:
Smell of Death
An Axe to Grind
F. M. Meredith’s Bio
F.M. is also known as Marilyn Meredith,
the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. She first became interested in
writing about law enforcement when she lived in a neighborhood filled with
police officers and their families. The interest was fanned when her daughter
married a police officer and the tradition has continued with a grandson and
grandson-in-law who are deputies. She’s also serves on the board of the Public
Safety Writers Association, and has many friends in different law enforcement
fields. For twenty plus years, she and her husband lived in a small beach
community located in Southern California much like the fictional Rocky Bluff.
She is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Epic, and Mystery
Writers of America.