Today I'm welcoming Marliyn Meredith to the blog!1. What was your inspiration for your book? Can you tell us about how your own experiences influenced this story?
The title was given to me by a friend—I started off having no idea how the story might fit the title, though I did have the plot in mind. It wasn’t until nearly the end that I knew how to tie it all together. An earthquake plays an important part in Murder in the Worst Degree, and I’ve been in lots of earthquakes living in Southern and Central California. The earthquakes I experienced definitely helped me write the scene.
2. Would you classify this series as plot driven or character driven?
A bit of both—but probably more character driven. There is an ensemble of characters who appear in each book in the series. The focus is often on what is going on in the private lives of the Rocky Bluff P.D. officers as much as on the plot.
3. Can you tell us a little about your main characters?
Detective Doug Milligan is now a detective and married to Stacey Wilbur Milligan. She is also a police officer and together they are raising Stacey’s son. Detective Felix Zachary and his wife Wendy have a baby girl. He was the only African American on the RBPD until the new Police Chief arrived—who is also female. Everyone wonders what changes she’l l be making. Ryan Strickland and his wife Barbara are about to welcome his first child into the world—a baby with disabilities. Ryan isn’t sure he’s got what it takes to handle this—but something far more devastating happens to him. Things may be looking up for Gordon Butler, who has had some major problems in the romance department.
4. Without giving away too much, tell us about the main conflict.
The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-tme friends and a mystery woman.
5. What do you hope readers take away from this book?
That not only will they enjoy the mystery and trying to figure out “who did it” but also want to know more about these characters and what goes on in their lives on the job and in their private lives.
6. Night Owl or Early Bird?
I am definitely an Early Bird. Always up around 4:30 a.m. I do my best writing in the morning.
7. Skittle or M&Ms?
M & Ms—or anything else that is chocolate.
8. Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorites that include authors from small presses: M.M. Gornell, Victoria Heckman, Ellen Kirschmann and often whomever I am reading at the moment. William Kent Krueger is a mainstream author that I enjoy reading.
9. Can you tell us about any other future projects?
I write two series, the Rocky Bluff P.D. series—Murder in the Worst Degree is #10 and what I am busily promoting now. At the same time, I am writing the next in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series—no tile as yet—but it’ll be #14 and that series is published by Mundania Press.
Get your copy of Murder in the Worst Degree here: http://tinyurl.com/md7cequ
Bio: F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.