Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Interview with Greta Rose, Chief of the Appleseed Creek, Ohio Police

Author Amanda Flower Interviews Police Chief Greta Rose from her Amish Mystery Novel, A Plain Death.


Interviewer’s notes: Chief Greta Rose is a petite woman in her thirties, who wears her hair is short bouncy brown curls, and she has bright green eyes. She looks more like a second grade teacher than a cop.

Chief Rose: You know that I can read upside down. Second grade teacher? Give me a break. (pats holster) Does a second grade teacher pack heat?

Amanda (red-faced): Let’s jump into the interview then.

Chief Rose: Fine.

Amanda: Thanks for sitting down for this interview Chief Rose. I know you have been very busy lately.

Chief Rose: I have. The atmosphere of Appleseed Creek has changed over the last several months.

Amanda: How so?

Chief Rose: In the past the Amish and English in Appleseed Creek have been able to live quietly side-by-side, but lately, that’s not the case.

Amanda: What’s happened?

Chief Rose: Someone has been harassing the Amish. Whoever is doing this wants them out of Knox County, Ohio.

Amanda: What are they doing?

Chief Rose: Ruining crops, firing shotguns off in the middle of the night, and letting livestock out of their pens.

Amanda: Are crimes against the Amish unusual?

Chief Rose:I’ve been the chief here for seven years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Occasionally, I’ve had to deal with rowdy undergrads from Harshberger College or a fight at the livestock sale. I’ve never seen a rash of crimes against the Amish though.

Amanda: Why would someone target them?

Chief Rose (rolls eyes): If I knew that, do you think I would be sitting here talking to you? I’d be out arresting people. My favorite sound in the world is handcuffs cackling on a perp’s wrists. I think I would know the motive much sooner if I didn’t have complications.

Amanda: What are those?

Chief Rose: Chloe Humphrey, this twenty-four-year-old girl from Cleveland, thinks she can get to the bottom of what’s going on. I have to admit, she’s only been here a few days and already has gotten closer to the Amish district in Appleseed Creek than I have, and I’ve lived here my entire life.

Amanda: What do you think about Chloe?

Chief Rose: She’s a nice enough girl. Very smart. But she’s one of those crusader types, trying to right the world’s wrong. Those types of people can become a headache for law enforcement.

Amanda: Back to the crimes against the Amish, do you have a suspect?

Chief Rose: I do.

Amanda (leaning forward): Who is it?

Chief Rose: Now, why would I tell you that? If I tell you here, no one will read the book, and if no one reads the book, what will happen to me?

Amanda: I want them to read the book too.

Chief Rose (shakes head): Of course you do. That is the point, isn’t it?

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Amanda Flower debuts the first novel in The Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, A Plain Death, July 2012. To learn more this series or Amanda other mysteries visit her online at http://www.amandaflower.com/. You can also follow Amanda at https://www.facebook.com/authoramandaflower and http://twitter.com/aflowerwriter.

4 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with someone who wants to right the world's wrongs... especially not when so many won't even try to fix what they can!

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  2. Sounds like you might make a good sleuthing team with Chloe, Chief Rose. I know...cops don't like to work with civilians but you do like to make the right arrest, right?

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  3. I admire you, Chief Rose. Good talking with you today!

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