(Received permission to repost from Character Interviews with Stacy Eaton)
Welcome to Author’s Spotlight on World Literary Cafe
with Stacy Eaton
Today we have Emily Stone from Dark Mind written by Jennifer Chase.
Welcome Emily – Great to have you here! I’m looking forward to hearing about Dark Mind… Tell us more.
My name is Emily Stone and I realized I was different from other children before the age of twelve.
Really? How is that?
I wanted to make a difference in the world in some way, but I never knew that it would take the unsolved murders of my parents to propel me into the dark and sinister world of serial killers and child predators.
Um.. Yeah – that is different.
I gave up the “typical” family life with a home and children to work alone, covert and anonymously, to gather evidence for the police in some of the most horrifying cases of murder.
That is quite a switch.
Law enforcement never turns away any hard evidence from my undisclosed emails. I use every means that is available to me from my thorough knowledge of criminal profiling and psychology to gathering forensics and detailed analysis from the crime scene areas.
That is very interesting… You know I am in law enforcement so I love this stuff! Tell us more.
I find that I have an edge compared to law enforcement; I don’t have a boss, budget restrictions, or have to worry about where the case takes me.
Must be nice… lol…
I may overstep my bounds at times, but it’s all worth it. I feel that I’m one of the lucky ones because I have the love of my life Rick Lopez working with me now. An incredible man, an ex-police detective, that I met my chance. Maybe it was fate?
Always nice to be able to work with the one you love.
The only worry I have is some of the sticky situations I get myself into and every case has its challenges that I’m not prepared to handle. Even though I’m capable of handling firearms, hand-to-hand combat, and complicated rescue strategies, there’s always something new that even surprises me.
lol… I can understand that – happens to me too.
My newest case entailed a search for a nine-year-old child abducted from the San Francisco area that caught my full attention.
I bet it did. What did you do?
I followed the clues from California to the island of Kauai and my fears were realized – slave brokers orchestrated the kidnapping and they weren’t going to stop anytime soon. As I found myself deep in the jungles on a daring rescue mission, simultaneously a serial killer had taken his first victim on the island paradise.
Kidnapping and serial killer…. wow!
The killer stalked the island and took his victim in a brutal frenzy of ancient superstitions and folklore. I knew there would be more victims and I could not leave the island until I solved the case.
Dedication… I love that.
The locals weren’t prepared for what was going to happen next. And, I couldn’t investigate this case alone…
I’m taking a guess here… but I’m thinking your partner and love helped you out. Ok Emily, answer a few questions for me.
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish Jennifer had done differently with you?
Sometimes I wish that I didn’t care so much about these investigations and it’s an overwhelming burden to carry each day with every new case and another victim. There are some days I wish I was normal, where my only stress was going to work and keeping the bills paid.
lol.. Nice thought.. but I can’t see you being happy doing that.
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
I would have wanted my creator to have added more celebrations – or just a really fun party once in a while. I am only human – right?
Oh yeah… we all need a little fun sometimes!
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
I’m extremely capable and trained and love my work, but my high drive makes me vulnerable to many situations and people. I hate feeling vulnerable.
I can totally relate.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
The parts in the book dealing with serial killers – the killings, the loss, and the realities of what these monsters do to our humanity.
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
My story creator informed me that I’m destined to be part of a series and I think that’s the best idea I’ve heard yet. There are too many killers out there that need to be brought to justice. I’m more than game, but I could use some cheering once in a while.
Well I hope Jennifer takes a peak at this interview – maybe she will be willing to put a little celebration into the next book. Thanks for stopping by Emily – A real pleasure and keep up the hard work – we need more women like you out there!
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