I’ve seen authors choosing one of their characters to interview. After checking out some character interviews, I decided to join in on the fun and do one for my protagonist, Lieutenant Jim DeLong. Some of you know that he was the lead investigator in my debut novel, The Murder of Manny Grimes. Well, Lieutenant DeLong will return within the next few weeks in the follow-up novel, Blood Runs Cold. The upcoming case will be the most difficult of his career, filled with tension and suspense. Will he be able to pull through? Or will DeLong fall even further down the darkness of his soul? Well, you’ll have to pick up Blood Runs Cold once it’s out to find out! In the meantime, enjoy my sit-down with Lieutenant Jim DeLong.
This interview takes place before the events of The Murder of Manny Grimes.
I’m a lieutenant at the Columbia County Sheriff’s office in Augusta, GA. I usually push paperwork but I find that boring. I like being out in the field. I do that every chance I get.
- What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
I can’t really say. I mean, I don’t usually ask. When it’s about work, I’m there to do my job. I’m dedicated to my work. Sometimes obsessively. When I first meet people, I get right to business. Other than that, I don’t make much small talk.
(Chuckles) I’d say it depends on the person. Some say I have anger issues. I’ve had others say I’m down-to-earth.
(Laughs) No. I guess you can say I just feel things a little more than I should.
- I see. Tell me about your family.
Well, I’ve been married for seven years. My wife’s name is Samantha. We met when we were in college. We have a six-year-old daughter, Bella. She’s great. (Laughs) But she certainly can be a bit of a handful.
- (Laughs) Gotta love that kids keeps life interesting, huh?
Yeah, she certainly does.
Um, isn’t that a bit personal?
- Yes. But I believe people like to know what makes Augusta’s finest tick.
Umm….well, we have our ups-and-downs. Just like any other marriage. We just do what we have to, right?
- I suppose so. Do you think you turned out the way your parents wanted you to?
- I’m pretty sure some do. What makes you think you didn’t?
I didn’t say that I didn’t. Is this interview over, yet? I really need to get back to work.
- You implied it. Lieutenant, is there a reason you don’t want to answer the question?
No, I just have a lot to do. Look, if you want an answer, let’s just say our past makes us who we are today. When things happen that’s out of your control, you deal with it the best way you know how.
- “When things happen.” Did something happen to you? Something you couldn’t control?”
OK, you know what? This interview’s over now.
- Wait. Let’s move on. Is that OK, Lieutenant?
- Who is your best friend? Tell me about him/her.
Russell Calhoun. We go way back. He used to work in the Navy. He retired as a criminal investigator. He’s a good guy. As good as they come. Russ has done a lot for me in the past. I don’t know where I’d be today without him.
- You seem very close to him. What does he give/do for you that no one else can?
(Pause) I don’t know. I guess…a sense of peace.
- I see. Are you happy with your life?
Happy? Sure. Maybe. I mean, I love my family. And my daughter means the world to me. I have friends. But…
Well, I’m alive, aren’t I? I have troubles, just like the average guy. I’m working through them. Trying to find…
Yeah. I guess that’s accurate.
- Thank you for your time, Lieutenant DeLong. I wish you the very best.
Right. Uh, you too.
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Lieutenant DeLong is featured in The Murder of Manny Grimes, available at B&N and Amazon in paperback and eBook. Blood Runs Cold is set for release soon! For more information or the link to order, click here.