Hey ya’ll! I can’t believe Protective Duty is out in the world! So many of you who read Fatal Reunion asked about Eric Hale and I’m so excited to share his story with you. I decided to get chummy with my cast of characters and get some real talk. But I’m not asking the questions. Nope. Instead, my Patch Pack team who helps me spread the word about my books through word of mouth, reviews, and other cool ways asked most of these babies and they were so fun.
Shout out to my Patch Pack! I love ya’ll so much. Thank you for all your support, the laughs, the conversations on our facebook page, and the prayers. I treasure each one of you.
So let’s get on with the show, shall we?
This first question comes from Susan Snodgrass and it’s for Eric.
Eric: Awesome. I love being first. Susan, thanks!
Me: You don’t even know the question yet.
Me: Susan asks why you think you’re a Jedi.
Eric: Maybe you should ask Luke Ransom. I don’t want to seem all puffed up….Okay, I’ll tell you. I have this thing I do where I give a suspect the look. I stare him down and will him to speak and he does. I can make just about anyone talk. But I kind of get Luke. Not Ransom. Skywalker. I mean he had a pretty intimidating father. Like mine. Of course, my dad never cut my arm off, but then he wanted me to use it play pro golf so there’s that. Also, when I was five, I was vicious with a light saber. Just sayin’.
Me: Susan, I don’t know if that answers your question or not, but there ya go. The next question comes from Gayle Adams and it’s for Newton! Yes, the puppy. Aw. Newt, were you scared when the truck tried to run ya’ll over?
Newton: I peed a little. A lot really. I’m a pup. I have a hard time holding it in. Just ask Bryn. Sorry about the kitchen…and the carpet. Really. I’ll get better.
The next two questions come from Charissa Kerley.
Bryn, do you watch Star Wars movies with Eric?
Bryn: I have seen Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi–the original trilogy with him when we dated ten years ago. I have seen them multiple times. By multiple I mean too many to count. When I found out Eric’s partner at the precinct was Luke Ransom I thought, “How many times has Eric said, ‘Luke, I am your father.'”
Eric: Actually, that’s the first thing I said when I met him.
Me: How did he respond?
Eric: I got the eyebrow raise and, “So about this case…”
Bryn: As far as the new movies…truth is I didn’t see them because seeing them without Eric hurt too much.
Eric: Well guess what we’re doing Friday night, babe?
Bryn: Thanks, Charissa, you’re a real peach. *inserts heavy sarcasm*
Charissa: Eric, what is your favorite Star Wars movie?
Eric: Empire Strikes Back. Hands down. One hand if you’re Luke. Hey wasn’t that a movie? One Hand Luke.
Bryn: That was Cool Hand Luke. With Newman.
Eric: Riiiight. Yeah.
Me: Okay, moving right along. The next question comes from Denise Hershberger. It’s for Bryn. When did you start swimming?
Bryn: I was probably two. I always loved the water. We were in Florida, I think. And I just jumped in and of course my dad jumped in, panicked…but I rose to the top and just swam. All by myself. After that, my parents put in a pool and I did take lessons. After that it was history.
Eric: I was twelve if anyone wants to know when I started swimming.
Bryn: Nobody does.
Eric: Harsh, babe.
Me: Susan Tuttle asks Eric, if there was a worldwide licorice shortage what would be your next vice?
Eric: I can tell you it won’t be Kale. Oh man, I couldn’t imagine that. I’m totally stumped. Meatloaf, maybe.
Bryn: Oh jeez! How about Dum Dums?
Eric: I’m feeling some subtext here.
Bryn: Must be your Jedi senses.
Eric: Probably so. Good call, babe.
Me: Susan also wants to know if you’d fall for Bryn if she has an allergy to licorice.
Eric: I’d give it up cold turkey. Because I like kissing Bryn way more than eating licorice. And she can make meatloaf…now.
Bryn: *rolls eyes*
Okay, ya’ll thanks for joining real talk! I hope you’ll buy the book and check out this fun and crazy cast!