Marilyn Meredith has visited my blog many times in the past. Each time with yet another good book coming out. I believe she’s gone over the mid-forties in number of books published. I’ve honestly lost count and remain awestricken on how she continues to write and to publish book after book. Once more I’m proud to introduce Marilyn Meredith.
Real Events that Inspired Bones in the Attic
Once I decided to write about this topic, I realized I couldn’t tell much because it would spoil the ending. All I can say about the two big events is they did happen, but not exactly as I wrote about them. I used what happened and made it work for the plot.
So instead, I’ll tell you about some other real-life situations I’ve worked into this plot.
One of the characters in the book and others in the series is a teen who loses her mother to cancer and must go to live with a father she doesn’t know. This young girl is a white/black mix with blonde curly hair. I based her on a darling little boy I know with a similar appearance. Everyone loves him—however, with my character, things don’t go so smoothly.
Ryan Strickland, an ongoing character, and one who has changed the most since the beginning of this series, is the father to a toddler with Down syndrome. For 10 years I worked in a pre-school for kids with developmental disabilities and came to love these kids. Later I owned and lived in a licensed home for adult women with disabilities, four of whom had Down syndrome. I’ve had other experiences with children and adults with Downs, and one thing I’ve learned is the more normal they are brought up the happier and better off they are.
One of the biggest examples in my life was a boy about 11 with Downs who was in a summer program I ran for the recreation department. His mom brought him and another boy (older and more mentally disabled) to the park every day. One day, she slept in and when she woke she realized he was gone. She frantically called the police. This remarkable kid, made his lunch and one for his friend, walked to his friend’s house to get him, (his mom thought the first boy’s mother was waiting in a car.) Together they walked the three miles to their destination without a problem. The boy’s mom was amazed. He was far more capable than she imagined.
My hope is to show that the toddler in my story does well by being treated as much like any other child her age.
Though the Rocky Bluff P.D. series are all mysteries I’ve had one major goal with each one. I’ve wanted to show the private and family lives of these officers. No, they are not all perfect, a few have had major problems, but in most cases, these men and women are balancing their jobs and families as best they can.
And though I’ve not experienced the law enforcement side of things, I do know enough officers (related to a couple) to see what they are like–so much different than what is depicted on TV.
Blurb: The discovery of a skeleton, a welfare check on a senior citizen, and a wildfire challenge the Rocky Bluff P.D.
Bio: Marilyn Meredith, who writes the RBPD mystery series as F.M. Meredith, is the author of over 40 published books. She once lived in a small beach town much like Rocky Bluff, and has many relatives and friends in law enforcement. Webpagehttp://fictionforyou.com/
And she’s a regular on these blogs:
2nd and 4th Tuesday: https://makeminemystery.blogspot.com/
4th Monday of the month: https://ladiesofmystery.com/