Author: Stacy Eaton
Character being interviewed: Officer Corey Hamilton
Book Title: Garda – Welcome to the Realm
Hi Clare, thank you for having me today. I’ve heard Stacy talking about you before and I’m glad I finally got a chance to meet you!
It's nice meeting you too. Tell us about the story you're in and your role. By the way, love your cover image.
This story that I’m in is called Garda – Welcome to the Realm and it is about me becoming a Garda Síochána, or Guard of the Peace, otherwise known to people as a guardian angel.
See, I was a police officer for many years and I worked hard to protect people and help everyone that I could. I made a mistake shortly before I died. See, I kinda fell in love with a married man, Mitchell O’Reilly. He is a police officer also, and the day I died, well it happened at work, and he thought that it was his fault that I was killed, but it wasn’t.
Oops, that transition must have been hard. You must have been missed by all your colleagues, especially Mitchell.
Yep, but what I didn't know is that I also had my own Garda or guardian. I met him right after I died. His name is Brock. He had been watching over me for many years and the day he brought me home, he actually did something wrong himself. He wasn’t really punished, but he had to sit back and allow me to make my decision without interfering That was really hard for him because he cares for me deeply, only I didn’t want him to.
Interesting. I'm sure you were so used to helping others, it must have felt strange to be on the receiving side. So what did you do next?
Eventually, I come back down to the living arena and have to help Mitch try to get on with his life, but when I am beside him, looking into his incredible eyes, I know nothing but him. My destiny is in my hands and my decision will affect my afterlife completely.
You must have had a tough row to hoe in this story. Guess we'll just have to read it to find out what happens?
Yes, there are a whole lot of things that Mitch, Brock and I have to deal with before I finally figure out where my heart lies and what my true destiny is.
Okay, then answer these questions for me -
1 - We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
Part of me wishes I had never met Mitchell and turned his life so upside down, but if I hadn’t, then some other things in his life might have gotten better or they could have gotten worse. I’m a firm believer in fate, so I guess the relationship that I had with Mitch was destined to come whether I wanted it or not. I hated the fact that Mitch blamed himself for my death, it wasn’t his fault. I made a decision to try and save someone else’s life, and I did save them, but I lost my own. It’s the price you pay being a police officer.
2 - Yes, sadly so. If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
I wish I would have gotten a chance to give Joe Corby a piece of my mind. I mean a big piece of my mind and maybe a fist and a kick too. I thought he was our friend, but turns out, he’s not. He deserves to be knocked down a peg, and in the future, I hope my creator will allow me to do it..
3 - Ha, ha, here's hoping. What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
I love how Ms. Eaton gave me such a large heart and made me such a strong woman. I have my moments of weakness, but for the most part I can hold my own and handle most things that come my way. What I don’t like about myself is that I fell in love with a married man. I mean, I did exactly what my husband did to me, and it made me sick at times to think that I was hurting another woman. I wish that Ms. Eaton could have come up with another way to bring Mitch into the story, but if she had done it any other way, then the story was have been totally different.
4 - What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
I think the hardest part was when I died. It was emotional for both of us! Not only did Ms. Eaton write the death and funeral from my point of view, but she showed what Mitch and Brock were feeling throughout it too. There are moments when we both cried along with Mitch and Brock. That section of the book is pretty intense, but I’m happy with the way Ms. Eaton bared all our souls on the pages so others would understand our grief.
5 – Seeing grief from different points of view do help us to eventually accept it. 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?
From what I hear, Ms. Eaton is toying with ideas for the next story. I have heard her talking about how I’m in it again, although I might be a secondary character. David, one of my fellow Gardaí might be taking center stage in that, but I do know that Mitch, Brock and even Joe will be part of the story line. I hope Ms. Eaton allows me to get my hands on Joe this time, I barely got to fight him in this book and I really want to take him down.
Well, thanks for being with us, Corey. And since you have such a dislike for Joe, I hope Ms. Eaton will let you have at him next time. I really enjoyed getting to know you better and wish you a happy afterlife.
Thank you again Clare for allowing me to come and visit. I hope your readers are interested in learning more about Garda – Welcome to the Realm!
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