What Next for Tempe? by Marilyn Meredith

As I am finishing up my blog tour for River Spirits and finally drawing to a close on my next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, it's time to start thinking about the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree tale.

As most authors know--we spend a lot of time thinking about our characters and what should be happening in their personal lives as well as what puzzles, mysteries, and adventures will next confront them.

All I know at this point is Tempe's son Blair will get married. Since the wedding is going to take place in Morro Bay, something ought to happen there. I love Morro Bay and would love to use it as a setting.

Blair is marrying a girl with Ethiopian blood--along with some Italian--how much of the Ethiopian culture should I include?

Will there be a murder in Morro Bay? Something that Tempe becomes involved in? If so, why would she since she'd not a part of law enforcement there?

Should Tempe be thinking about retiring? 

The last two books have had ghosts, spirits and other such entities in them, is it time to forget about these spiritual beings--or should they pop up out on the coast too?

These are just a few things that have been popping into my mind.

Anyone have any thoughts about what I've written here--or maybe some altogether different ideas. I'd love to hear anything you have to offer.



Linda Thorne said…
I think you'll need to put some information about the Ethiopian culture in if Blair is marrying someone with that background. Maybe include some part of the culture that is especially interesting and have it blend in somehow with the plot. As far as the spirits, I think they could travel to the Coast. Maybe because of Tempe's powers, they could be drawn there for a reason. I can't see Tempe retiring yet. Maybe that's a little jealousy on my part since I can't retire. :)
Hey, Linda, I doubt that she'll retire and yes, I'll be doing some research soon on Ethiopian culture and perhaps legends.

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