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.
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?
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.