Sunday, January 27, 2008

Judgment Fire by Marilyn Meredith

Why you chose that particular setting?
In my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, my main setting is in a mountain community of the Southern Sierra. Though quite similar to where I live, the area has been fictionalized a great deal. Locals recognize places, but nothing is quite the same.
Lake Dennison is much bigger than the mudhole we call a lake.
Bear Creek Indian Reservation has many similarities to the Tule River Indian Reservation, but the reservation and the Native Americans who live there are all fantasies of my imagination.

What does the setting add to the story?
The setting is important to the story because Tempe is the resident deputy of a very different area than most stories involved with law enforcement.

Could you write the same story in a different setting?
It wouldn't be the same story in a different setting.

Why or why couldn't you use a different setting?
Small towns have a very different dynamic than larger cities--and even more so when the town is in a mountain area. I also enjoy including the Indian reservation.

Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting?

In some ways--Bear Creek is similar to the town I live in some ways and very different in others.

Or, did you create the setting from scratch?

So though I didn't create Bear Creek from scratch, there are many things that are different--and the same goes for the Indian reservation.

Is there anything else about your setting that we need to know?

Feel free to share. In any book, setting is very important--it can almost be as important as a character. The setting can help set the mood and it gives certain parameters to the plot.

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?
After leaving the town of Dennison you will drive on a winding road toward the mountains, passing orange groves, Dennison Lake and the road to the reservation. The higher you go, the more winding the road, and the trees change from oaks to pine trees and cedars. The town itself is lined up on either side of the road with a post office, grocery store, a saloon, cafe, fire station and the Bear Creek Inn. The Bear Creek Community church is on the way to the higher elevations and camp grounds, homes and cabins, Tapper Lodge, and the giant Sequoias.
What sort of people are there?
Many of the residents are second and third generation, but new people have started moving in, many from Southern California.
If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us?

If you're going higher into the mountains bring the right kind of clothes for hiking and in case the weather changes--which it's prone to do. In the summer, bring your bathing suit to take advantage of the great swimming holes.
For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting?

They will need to enjoy the great outdoors.

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
or as an e-book
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Judgment Fire, Eppie Finalist

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