My guest is Marilyn Meredith, a prolific mystery writer who just released her latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Not as It Seems. Family is important to Marilyn and today she tells us how her family sparked her interest in law enforcement.
Readers often ask if I was ever in law enforcement and the answer is no. While growing up my uncle was a motorcycle cop and later became a detective in Los Angeles, and one of our neighbors was an LAPD police officer. I found them interesting, but I don’t think that had much influence on me.
When we bought our first house, many of our neighbors were police officers. I had coffee and conversation with their wives, and the couples often partied at our house. I learned a lot about the problems of being married to a cop, and a lot about the job.
However, my true fascination came when my son-in-law became a police officer and came over for coffee every morning after his shift and said, “Do you want to hear what I did last night?” And. of course, I did.
He also took me on a ride-along, after I promised not to tell anyone I was his mother-in-law. That was in the days before seat belts and I had quite a ride.
Several years later, I did other ride-alongs and one with a single mom who told me what it was like to be the only female on that particular department.
I joined a group called The Police Writers Club which later became the Public Safety Writers Association and met many more people in a variety of law enforcement jobs. They have been extremely helpful with needed research.
And to bring it back around to relatives—I now have a grandson who is a police officer, and a grandson-in-law who is a deputy sheriff.
All this exposure to law enforcement and listening to many stories, are the reasons for my fascination with law enforcement.
My heroine, Tempe Crabtree, is a sheriff’s deputy in the area centered around the small town of Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra, but in the latest book she is on vacation in Morro Bay.
Not as It Seems Blurb
Tempe and Hutch travel to Morro Bay for son Blair’s wedding, but when the maid-of-honor disappears, Tempe tries to find her. The search is complicated by ghosts and Native spirits.
Character Naming Contest
Once again, I’ll name a character after the person who leaves a comment on the most blogs.
Marilyn Meredith lives in the foothills of the Southern Sierra, about 1000 feet lower than Tempe’s Bear Creek, but much resembles the fictional town and surroundings. She has nearly 40 books published, mostly mysteries. Besides writing, she loves to give presentations to writers’ groups. She’s on the board of the Public Safety Writers Association, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and three chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Central Coast chapter.