Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Triggered Some of the Plots for Rocky Bluff P.D.


The Rocky Bluff P.D. series has evolved over time. I never meant to write a series when I wrote the first one..

Final Respects, is about the death of a police officer during a domestic dispute. Though the circumstances are much different in the story I wrote, a real situation triggered the plot.

My son-in-law, who was a police officer, told me many tales about incidents that happened while he was at work, many of them have turned up in different forms in several of the Rocky Bluff P.D. books, and especially in Bad Tidings. The detective’s wife with breast cancer has many similarities to a good friend of mine and her bout with breast cancer.



Fringe Benefits is about Cal Sylvester, an officer in the Rocky Bluff P.D., despises Gordon Butler, who is his rookie partner. However,Cal thinks Butler's wife is hot and he pursues her romantically. Their affair heats up and Cal is hooked on the gorgeous Darcy. but Darcy wants more than love and passion...she wants fine things and high times which are beyond Cal's means. He figures out a way to do it and get away with it.
(I asked my cop son-in-law how he would do it and he gave me a terrific idea.



 Smell of Death is based on a real kidnapping of a child that happened long ago and I changed a lot of the most gruesome circumstances. It’s in this book that Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan begin to notice each other in a much different way than as fellow officers. The title and some of the plot came from my son-in-law telling me that movies and TV shows aren’t able to portray the worst part of a crime scene, that is the smell.



No Sanctuary is about two churches, two ministers, two wives and one death. Though I’ve never been in a church where the ministers were quite like these two guys, I once belonged to a church where the minister had an affair with the choir director and I learned about it from the church secretary. This book has a choir director and church secretary much like the ones I knew. One of the side plots about a pedophile came from a female vice-officer who told her stories at a Sisters in Crime meeting.



An Axe to Grind, also has a tie-in to a Sisters in Crime meeting. The guest speaker was a coroner and he delighted in showing us the grisly crime scene slides where the victim had been decapitated. The opening scene of this book is the discovery of a decapitated murder victim. (And I've been told, that made one reviewer laugh.)

A ride-along with the only female police officer on the department gave me a lot of fodder for writing about my character,  Stacey Wilbur. From three o’clock in the morning until six, the lady cop didn’t have a single call. As we rode around the city, she bared her heart to me, telling me all about what it was like to be the only woman with a bunch of guys, and how hard it was to be a single mom raising a son on her own. I used a lot of what she told me to create Stacey Wilbur.


Angel Lost Blurb: 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?

 And of course, the latest in the series is  No Bells. Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem, she’s the major suspect in a murder case. Gordon has become a favorite of many of the years as things never seem to go right for him. You'll have to read No Bells to see if thongs are beginning to look up.




F.M. Meredith a.k.a. Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels. Under the name of F. M. Meredith she writes the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series. No Sanctuary was a finalist in the Epic 2009 best in e-book mystery/suspense category. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Epic, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association. She was an instructor for Writers Digest School for many years, served as an instructor at the Maui Writers Retreat as well as many other writers’ conferences.

All of these books are available in the usual places such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Marilyn a.k.a. F.M. Meredith


9 comments:

Shalanna said...

Cool! I always wonder where plots come from. I say that mine come from the Girls in the Basement. They are always cogitating and plotting. Occasionally they will let a seashell wash up on the beach, and that's the spark of inspiration. It's like an internal version of the Muses.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, Shalanna. Ideas flow in from everywhere, don't they?

Marilyn

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Forgot to say the angel in the window was inspired by Jesus' image appearing in a window in Porterville for several nights, and that inspired a major plot point in Angel Lost.

And for No Bells, one of the crimes was told to me by a police officer friend. If you read the book you can probably figure it out.

Marilyn

Monti said...

Nice little blurbs for the books as well as interesting info about how they came about! Thanks for sharing.

Monti
Mary Montague Sikes

Sally Carpenter said...

Marilyn, you're such a prolific writer. The rest of us will have to run fast to catch up! A screenwriter once told me, "the ideas are out there," meaning an author is never short of material. Thanks for sharing.

Lesley Diehl said...

You certainly know the right people as sources and stoeeis for your books.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks, Monti.

And Sally, I have so much written because I'm old and been at it for a long time.

Lesley, belonging to PSWA helps, over half the members are law enforcement of one sort of another.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Yes, ideas for stories are all around us, but the real work comes with sitting down and actually writing these stories and then marketing them. You have done a tremendous job, Marilyn, in doing just that! I didn't realize you had so many books out there, and gaining inspiration from real crimes makes all the difference. Keep them coming. Beryl

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Yes, ideas for stories are all around us, but the real work comes with sitting down and actually writing these stories and then marketing them. You have done a tremendous job, Marilyn, in doing just that! I didn't realize you had so many books out there, and gaining inspiration from real crimes makes all the difference. Keep them coming. Beryl