I’ve received a lot of emails from readers regarding PROTECTOR. A lot of the questions are identical and so I thought I’d select the most frequently asked questions regarding the book and answer them in one place.
Q: How long did it take you to write PROTECTOR?
A: 14 months.
Q: Is JANE PERRY based on a real detective working in Denver, Colorado?
A: No. She is completely made up and any similarities to anyone who works as a homicide cop in Denver is coincidental. (Please do not call Denver Homicide and ask for Detective Perry in the Homicide Department. I guess some people have actually done that…Talk about creating a real life character!)
Q: Is Sergeant Weyler based on a real person?
A: No. However, I named him after a homicide Detective who I met during my research phase. He was so helpful to me that I decided to name my Sergeant after him. The irony? After I wrote PROTECTOR, the Detective who helped me was promoted….to Sergeant….Sergeant Weyler.
Q: Did you visit actual crime scenes during your research?
A: No. There was no way I would be allowed to enter a crime scene and risk contaminating evidence of a homicide. I did however view a tremendous amount of photos of homicides and suicides as well as study what occurs when a bullet or knife enters the body and what it looks like in order to write about it in a realistic manner.
Q: Have you experienced paranormal events in your own life?
A: Yes. I’ve had four separate experiences with what I’d describe as “breaking through the veil” between worlds. One of those was extremely personal and I don’t talk about it. The other three had to do with either a “spirit” or “energy system” that was causing havoc around me. I was not trying to contact this spirit or energy system at the time because I am not one to encourage any dark forces my direction. The spirit or energy system simply found me and I was blown away by what happened. In one instance, I was physically pushed to my kneesa sensation I never want to feel again. Another time, I demanded that the spirit or energy system leave the place immediately and I was met with a fireplace glass panel cracking in half. When I repeated the demand, a glass sitting on a counter cracked down the side. I have no idea what that meant but it made me a believer.
And finally, one of the more unusual questions so far....
Q: When I was reading PROTECTOR, I got this eerie feeling at times. I can’t explain it. Sometimes I couldn’t read it at night because it would keep me awake. By any chance did you write this book at night?A: Well...yes. The bulk of the book was written between 7pm and 3am. I found that that was when the muse hit me and so I went with it. The world was quiet around me and there was a sense that I was tapping into a slice of consciousness that wasn’t available to me during the day. I guess I couldn’t help but transfer that essence to the page.
“Call it fate or coincidence, but isn’t a coincidence simply a co-incident?”
“There’s nothing more tedious than listening to drunks prattle on about redemption! It’s like paying a whore to read you the Book of Revelations.”
“Spending time with Bartosh is like being awake during your own surgery... He's as much fun as root canal without the positive outcome! At least with root canal, the agony eventually stops.”
“When you let go, Jane, you don’t fall into the void. You can fall into the hand of God.”
“Knowing oneself is a luxury.”
- Jane Perry
“Knowing oneself is freedom.”
- Kit Clark
“If you’re smart, you finally figure out that your destiny was never about what you accomplished, but rather, who you loved and who loved you.”
- Kit Clark
“When you take your last few breaths, you should rest your eyes on the one you love and let that love carry you to the other side.”
“Seek contentment rather than happiness. Contentment holds water. Happiness leaks.”