What is the main premise of the second book you’re featured in?
This book 'Find Emily', is about the search for a missing schoolgirl, covering a span of just over 24 hours.
How do you feel being the main character of a book?
It’s spooky. It makes me second guess everything I say. Every time I open my mouth to speak, I worry that my words might appear in print.
What is the most interesting suspect you’ve interrogated and why?
Suspects are not “interesting”. The way they respond to interrogation shows their guilt or innocence, and that is interesting. In my experience the tough guys are the biggest cowards, the white collar criminals the most difficult to crack.
Who’s the most disturbed suspect you’ve had to deal with?
Anyone who mistreats a child must come top of that list. I have had to deal with a lot of really nasty people like that. But calling them “disturbed” is like making an excuse for their behavior, and I don’t go along with that. Perverts are perverts in my book. I’ve no wish to understand them.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A night owl. The piano keeps me up all hours.
Why did you choose law enforcement as a career?
That’s a long story, and one that hasn’t reached its end yet. I had a difficult childhood. My father abandoned me and my mother when I was three. I never found out why, and we never discovered where he went. He left the house to buy cigarettes and simply vanished into thin air. I think a subconscious desire to get to the bottom of that mystery was the reason I joined the police force.
How long did it take you to solve your most current case?
In FIND EMILY, we knew we had 24 hours to find her. It took just a little longer than that.
If you could work in any profession outside of law enforcement, what would it be and why?
I’d love to earn my living as a professional musician. There’s nothing quite like the feeling I get at the end of playing a piece as the music fades, leaving nothing tangible -- just an imprint in the memory of the listener.
If you could change one thing that JJ Toner wrote (or told) about your life, what would it be?
He thinks I’m a hopeless drunk, but I’m not. Not really. My binge drinking is never compulsive. Oh, and he has an annoying habit of removing expletives from my dialogue.
Can we look forward to reading about you again anytime soon?
I can’t answer that question. You’d have to ask JJ. He’s Watson to my Holmes. He decides what to write and when to publish.
Is there a secret you’d like to let readers know about you, that isn’t in the book?
My grandfather, my father's father, was a shipwright in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. He worked on the Titanic.
Where can readers find your first and second books?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
JJ Toner- In 1995, after half a lifetime of plausible excuses, JJ Toner began to write. Encouraged by some modest early success with his short stories, he went on to write novels. His first novel found a home on the garden compost heap; the second and third are historical fiction both waiting for extensive edits. Thus far he has published his fourth novel, St. Patrick's Day Special, his newest novel, 'Find Emily' and an anthology of shorts. He lives in Ireland with his wife and youngest son.
-Thank you so much for your time in allowing me to do this interview, Detective Inspector. Please be sure to thank JJ Toner as well, for getting us in touch with one another.