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Back to Fantasy - The Emperor's Guard Series Continues in 2020
January 10, 2020
"Pursuing the Dead" Wins Award!
December 16, 2019
Jacob Schmidt Short Reads Series Now Available (For Free!)
December 12, 2019
Third Book In "Jacob Schmidt Short Reads" Series
December 7, 2019
Free Series Coming Soon
December 3, 2019
Cyber Monday Giveaway
December 2, 2019
"Burden Street" Free This Week on Amazon
November 19, 2019
Teasers for Pursuing the Dead - Updated as of 10/7/19
October 1, 2019
"Pursuing the Dead" Release Date & Sneak Peek
September 18, 2019
An Eye-Opening Summer
August 29, 2019
November 18, 2016
Even though I created Jacob Schmidt, it's not often that I get to sit down with him for an interview. It was a very enlightening experience for me.
Photo courtesy of "Photography 33" at Can Stock Photo
Me: I’m going to start out by letting you ask me a question.
Jacob: You mean role reversal?
Jacob: OK. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Me: I’m sorry. You already asked your question.
Jacob: (ponders and then laughs) I see what you did there.
Me: Why don’t you just say the first thing that pops into your head.
Jacob: I’m a family man.
Me: And your career?
Jacob: Will always come second, though I put a lot of time and effort into both.
Me: Would you do anything for your family?
Me: That’s a little surprising to hear.
Jacob: I just mean it in the most literal way. For example, I wouldn’t set off a nuclear bomb.
Me: Are you referring to The Strain?
Jacob: The what?
Me: It’s a television show based on a series of books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Jacob: Never heard of it.
Me: Between family and your job, you probably don’t watch much television.
Jacob: I didn’t say that.
Me: (feeling awkward) Never mind then. Let’s move on to something else.
Jacob: Sounds good.
Me: You’re a former police officer?
Me: Did you like it?
Me: But you eventually left it to start your own private investigation business?
Me: How is it different from being a cop?
Jacob: It’s harder. I have less resources available to me, and I don’t even carry a gun.
Me. Why the change then?
Jacob: Family. I have a more flexible schedule.
Me: And you have a business partner?
Jacob: Yes. Dinah Peterson. She worked the crime lab when I was a detective.
Me: A very attractive woman. You two must have hit it off?
Jacob: What are you implying?
Me: Uh. You must have worked well together at the department. Why else would you go into business together?
Jacob: Exactly. We worked a case during the apocalypse a few years ago (read Children of the Snow due out this winter).
Me: I remember that. I’m glad things are back to normal now.
Jacob: Normal is a relative term.
Me: I suppose. I’ve heard some of your cases are anything but typical.
Jacob: That’s true.
Me: Do you mind sharing?
Jacob: I do, but only out of fear of being institutionalized.
Me: That crazy?
Me: Even so, I’m offering you an opportunity for shameless promotion here.
Jacob: (shrugs) I guess I can leave out the finer details.
Me: That works for me.
Jacob: One was a cold case. Murder (read Pursuing the Dead due out in 2017).
Me: Fair enough.
Jacob: Our most recent case was a complex one. Too many things to touch on, but it took our business to another level (read Window of Fire due out in the not-so-distant future).
Me: I see. Ever heard of Jack Reacher?
Me: How would you compare yourself to him?
Jacob: We’re completely different. I’m an average guy. He’s much bigger.
Me: Forget the physical traits then.
Jacob: We’re still different. He’s former military and possesses an elite tactical and combative skill set.
Me: Then what sets you apart from the others?
Jacob: Nothing. Like a lot of others, I get the job done. That’s all I can do, and it’s all I ask of myself.