Monday, October 29, 2018

Back on the Back Deck with a New Release from F.M. Meredith, author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series!

Hello, everyone! I know it's been a long time, but the past year has had a lot of challenges and changes for me. As I'm preparing my sixth Black Horse Campground mystery for release (it doesn't even have a title yet!), I'm warming up the Back Deck with the latest release from friend and fellow author, Marilyn Meredith. "Tangled Webs" is the 15th book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

Where Some of the Ideas Came From

As always, the ideas from Tangled Webs came from some past experiences and a lot of imagination.

Years ago, I taught in several day care centers. My favorite and my longest employment was in a pre-school for developmentally disabled youngsters. I also worked in two other centers run by the same company. Some of the characters are composites of the people I worked with—good and bad.

And yes, some of the plot is based on activities I observed that weren’t what they should have been. As always, nothing is exactly what really happened (no one was murdered, of course), but some similarities do exist.

The building for the center is not based on any of the places where I worked. I created what I needed to fit into the beach community of Rocky Bluff.

I borrowed the looks for one of the younger characters in this book from a beautiful child I know who is a black and white ethnic mix—with fair skin and curly blond hair.

And of course, I always like to have my characters deal with problems we all may face in our lives from prejudice, being bullied, having a relative with Alzheimer’s, problem teenagers, unexpected changes, and having a child with developmental disabilities.

Life and living plus a big dose of imagination give me plenty of ideas for all my books.

Marilyn who writes the RBPD series as F. M. Meredith

Blurb: Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.

Bio: F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn once lived in a beach town much like Rocky Bluff. She has many friends and relatives in law enforcement. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, 3 chapters of Sisters in Crime and serves on the Public Safety Writers Association Board.

Facebook: Marilyn Meredith
Twitter: @marilynmeredith

 to discuss the setting for Tangled Webs.


  1. Thank you so much, Amy, this was a fun post to write.

  2. Very interesting post, Marilyn! Sounds like very gratifying work you did at the pre-school. I love your last line: Life and living plus...imagination = plenty of ideas. So true!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Lida. Sometimes it's easy to just remember things and then think how it might have all gone wrong.

  3. Sounds like another winner, Marilyn. Having known and worked with this lady for years at the PSWA Conference, I know what a great teacher she is to other writers. I read her books for inspiration in my own writing.

  4. Thank you, Unknown. Always happy to hear I did something right.

  5. It's always a pleasure to have you on the Back Deck, Marilyn! You keep me wanting to keep writing... I have a lot to learn from you!

  6. Thank you, Amy. And I must say, I'm still learning too.

  7. OKAY as to a great series, a favorite of mine. And Marilyn, I love your new hair style!!!

    1. Thank you, Radine! As to my hair--my young hairdresser talked me into it, and I'm happy with it.

  8. Marilyn, you're truly an inspiration!