Saturday, November 17, 2007

Judgment Fire by Marilyn Meredith

Why you chose that particular setting?

The setting for Judgment Fire and most of Deputy Tempe Crabtree series is a mountain community in the Southern Sierra (CA) called Bear Creek. It is very much like the town I live in except I moved it up into the mountains a thousand feet for better trees.

The Giant Sequoias are in the higher elevations, a river runs through the area and it's called Bear Creek, there is a lake several miles below the town, and an Indian Reservation nearby. (All these things are true for where I live too except for the names of places and things.)

What does the setting add to the story?

I like writing about a small town, a small town surrounded by mountains and wilderness areas. Because of the Indian reservation, people from the reservation often play important roles in the stories. There is a lot of draw on from the setting.

Could you write the same story in a different setting? No, then it wouldn't be the same story.

Why or why couldn't you use a different setting?The setting plays a very important part in every one of my stories, often as important as the characters.

Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting? Yes, as I said earlier, it is where I live. I grew up in Los Angeles and the dynamics of a small town are fascinating to me.

Or, did you create the setting from scratch? No, but I've certainly taken a lot of liberties with the setting.

Is there anything else about your setting that we need to know? Feel free to share. In each book, I focus on a different area of where I live--might be the reservation, or the lake, or higher in the mountains. In the book coming next year, Kindred Spirits, Tempe will spend time in Crescent City and Santa Barbara CA.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?

Tell us some specific details about your setting. What would we see? What sort of people are there? If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us? For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting?

Our town is the gateway to the Sequoias. It is a place where many visitors pass through on their way to the high country. The real town has a rodeo every year, an Apple Festival (30,000 people come to this two day event), a Jackass Mail Run, Music in the Park on Friday nights during the summer. We have no bank, only an ATM, an Inn (which is often featured in my books), four other cafes (though this changes), a dress shop, two gas stations with grocery stores, a newspaper office which doubles as a visitors', two second hand stores,
and a post office. The river has several nice swimming holes including a great one right behind my house.

We have wild animals: deer, bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons, possums and an occasional bear.

Lots of folks live in the mountains in houses and cabins. There are many ranches and orange groves--and people are moving up from the cities and building big houses.

If you're coming in the winter time, bring clothes suitable for snow, if you're coming in the summer bring your swim wear, sun screen and bug repellant.

Thank you for sharing details about your book setting. Now, what's the title of your book and where can we buy it?

Judgment Fire can be ordered through any bookstore, but easiest to purchase from the publisher:

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