Writing About Events that Happen in the Future

It has happened before. I wrote about a bear invasion in Bear Creek that Deputy Tempe Crabtree had to deal with and a couple of years later, we had bear marauding in Springville (where I live and Bear Creek bears a big resemblance to the area.) 

After about a five year drought, we've had some great rain storms which have swelled our usually calm Tule River to the point where boulders are moving and crashing into each other, and trees and some people's possessions are floating on down toward the dam.(Lake Success.)

At times they've blocked off the entrances to the bridges that cross the river. They do this because the river is flowing over the bridges and they take down the sides to prevent debris from piling up and damaging the bridge. 

There are some great similarities Raging Water as far as the flooding is concerned. The two murders are actually based on two deaths that occurred in our town, not treated as murders, though I, and others certainly thought they were suspicious and should have had more investigation done. I took care of it in this tale. 

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.

One of Raging Water Reviews:

5 Stars

The Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series has been one of my favorites since I began reading it. I never miss a book.

In this installment, Tempe is battling many issues. There's a burglar on the loose, which leads to her being yanked out of bed at an ungodly hour. The murder of two best friends is puzzling, and a raging storm leaves everyone on edge. So, in addition to trying to fight crime, Tempe is put in the undesirable position of having to notify people to evacuate to shelters, break up disagreements, and keep herself out of danger. There is so much going on in this book, you'll be flying through it and be eager to read it over again once you're done.

Meredith has spent a good deal of time with Tempe, her family, and the residents of Bear Creek. It shows. Her characters are well-developed. There's enough back story so newcomers to the series aren't lost, but enough new characters and crime solving to keep long time fans satisfied. I like how each
book stands alone, but also helps move the characters along in their lives in the process.

Superb! Thrilling! A real page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end. –Review by Cheryl Malandrinos.

And what the river look like now:


Anonymous said…
I loved Raging Water, very good story, I remember being real scared in one particular scene! Love seeing the pictures. Could you please right about me winning the lotto (smile) Enjoyed your post.
I sure wish it worked that way and I'd sure write some good stuff about a lot of us.
Patricia Gligor said…
I had the same thing happen to me - but in reverse. When I wrote my first Malone mystery, I didn't consciously remember The Cincinnati Strangler but the similarities between the real life serial strangler and my fictional Westwood Strangler were uncanny. Gave me the chills!
Hi, Patricia, I do get some of my ideas from things that have happened in the past, or stories people tell me about their own lives.

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