Author Marilyn Meredith on the importance of setting
Your reader needs to know where the story is taking place and what is going on around the characters as the story unfolds.
Years ago when I was a Writers’ Digest School instructor, I’d receive written lessons where two characters were speaking to one another and not once was it mentioned where the conversation was taking place. Sometimes a piece would be all action with no clue as to where it was happening. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the dialogue is or exciting the action, the reader needs to be able to “see” the whole scene.
Raging Water takes place in a mountain community called Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra. Sierra means mountains—so this is the southern part of the Sierra Nevada range in
An Inn, a grocery store, the Café, the fire station, the school, the
the trailer park, and some low income housing play important parts in the
story. Bear Creek
The town is named for the creek that runs through it, but in this story an ongoing rain storm has turned it the creek into a raging river that is flooding the lower parts of the town and the homes built along it.
There is only one way in and out of Bear Creek and the deluge causes a huge mud slide to block the road.
Bear Creek has great similarity to the town I live in, however, I moved it higher in the mountains 1000 feet so it would have better trees and more chance for snow. My town mostly has oak trees and cottonwoods, and a scattering of bird-planted palm trees. We’ve had one big snow storm since I’ve lived here. When you travel just a few miles higher, there is an abundance of pines, other evergreens, and even a stand of wonderful giant Sequoias along with snow storms in the winter—and that’s what I wanted for Bear Creek.
Besides giving the readers visual aids to “see” the setting, it is important to add the smells, colors and sounds. As a writer, we should hope to make the reader feel like they are right in the story with our characters. I certainly hope my readers will see the town of
Bear Creek as desperately tries
to keep the inhabitants safe while trying to figure out who and why two women
were murdered without possibility of back-up. Tempe
Raging Water Blurb: Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s investigation of the murder of two close friends is complicated when relentless rain turns Bear Creek into a raging river. Homes are inundated and a mud slide blocks the only road out of Bear Creek stranding many—including the murderer.
Where to buy Raging Water
I know there are some people who like to read a series in order, but let me reassure you that every book is complete. Though the characters grow through each book, the crime is always solved. Here is the order of the books for anyone who wants to know: Deadly Trail, Deadly Omen, Unequally Yoked, Intervention, Wing Beat, Calling the Dead, Judgment Fire, Kindred Spirits, Dispel the Mist, Invisible Path, Bears With Us, Raging Water.
Bio: Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Raging Water from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel us No Bells, the forth from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America.
Marilyn borrows a lot from where she lives in the Southern Sierra for the town of
Creek and the
surrounding area. Bear