Today I am hosting my friend and fellow author, F. M. Meredith a.k.a. Marilyn Meredith. This lady makes the Energizer Bunny look lazy. In addition to caring for her home and family, she writes two different series of books a year and can accomplish more in a day than the rest of us do in a week. Here’s what she has to say:
Rocky Bluff, the Setting for Tangled Webs
Rocky Bluff is an imaginary beach town somewhere between Santa Barbara and Ventura in Southern California. It’s geography is the main reason it hasn’t grown and become a popular vacation destination. One side of the town backs up to a bluff. The bluff overlooks the ocean and is filled with expensive homes and a spacious church. On the southern side there is a condemned pier and a campground, the remains of a warehouse and the ocean coming too close to the cliffs where the 101 highway is, limiting how much the town can grow.
The 101 also divides Rocky Bluff. On the eastside, ranches and orange orchards climb the hillside.
The town and the beach are separated by sand dunes. Old cottages are being replaced by three story condos, though not finished, many have already been sold.
Valley Boulevard is the main street on where many old and new businesses are located. A recent earthquake demolished some, others were rebuilt On or near the boulevard is a museum, the police department, city hall, the library, gift shops, restaurants, schools, the hospital, and a day care center.
The residential part of town is also built on a hill with side streets leading from the boulevard. Many of the homes have been here for a long time, Craftmans, some Victorians, and here and there, homes built later. There are also a few apartment complexes.
In other words, Rocky Bluff is like many small towns. The biggest problem for the police department is lack of funds to finance more personnel and newer equipment.
Though Rocky Bluff is a product of my imagination, I can see each business, home, streets, the beach, and hills in my mind as well as any place I’ve lived.
Marilyn, who writes the RBPD series as F. M. Meredith
Blurb: Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.
Bio: F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn once lived in a beach town much like Rocky Bluff. She has many friends and relatives in law enforcement. She’s a member of MWA, 3 chapters of Sisters in Crime and serves on the PSWA Board.
Facebook: Marilyn Meredith