Thursday, April 21, 2016


Marilyn on right with Bonnie Hearne
Today my guest is veteran author, F.M. (Marilyn) Meredith. She’s written forty novels. I think that makes her an expert on the topic - book series. Her newest novel is A Crushing Death.

The easy answer is the charactersFor a series to work, the reader has to love the main character(s). If the main character(s) isn’t realistic with some flaws and redeeming qualities, he/she/they aren’t going to compel readers to be anxious for the next offering in the series. The writer hopes the reader will want to find out what is going to happen to the heroine/hero or supporting cast next.

In the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series there is a large group of on-going characters:
Officer Doug Milligan is the main character in the first book of the series: Final Respects. He appears, and sometimes stars in the following books—and is now Detective Doug Milligan.
Officer Stacey Wilbur, the only female officer for a long while, is in many of the first books, but becomes an important character and the love interest of Detective Milligan in Smell of Death. She eventually becomes Officer/Mrs. Stacey Milligan.

A favorite among readers of the series is Officer Gordon Butler. He makes his first appearance in Fringe Benefits. Nothing goes easy for Gordon in the job or his love life.

Officer Abel Navarro appears in most books. He’s married to Maria, an emergency room nurse and they have a daughter. He becomes Sergeant Navarro later in the series.

Officer Felix Zachary, the only black officer for quite some time. He’s married to Wendy, a teacher, and eventually joins Milligan as a detective.

The character who shows the most growth is Officer Ryan Strickland and much of the change can be attributed to his wife, Barbara.

The latest character to make an appearance is the new chief, Chandra Taylor, also African American. She plays a big part in the two latest books—Violent Departures and the brand new A Crushing Death.

There are other characters who come and go, some important, others not so much. In my opinion, the men and women in the Rocky Bluff mystery series is what makes the series work.

I’d love to hear from readers and what they think makes a series work.  Once again, the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour, can have a character named after them in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery. So be sure to leave a comment on this blog.

Tomorrow you can find Marilyn at:

A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.
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F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of forty published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she is counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association.
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