Today Kali O’Brien, the protagonist of the Kali O’Brien Legal Mysteries by Jonnie Jacobs, sits down with us to dish about her author.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I was working at a prestigious law firm in San Francisco, on my way to making partner. I earned a nice income, was dating a man I hoped might be “the one,” and thought I was set for life. Ha! Authors can make a mess of best-laid plans, and actually put a person in danger.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m smart (at least I like to think I am), tenacious, honest (well, I’m not above a white lie or two, but where it counts I have integrity), and I treat people fairly (except for people who don’t deserve it.)
What do you like least about yourself?
My hair. Oh, you mean personality. I’m critical (of myself as well as others) and impetuous. Both get me into trouble sometimes. And I have trouble saying “no.” That also gets me into trouble.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
She’s had me do all sort of things I’d rather not do — break into homes and offices, fall down cliffs, climb out windows, run for my life, get shot, and she sent me back to the DA’s office where I started my career to determine if I’d helped convict the wrong man of serial murder (talk about stress!) But the strangest thing occurred in The Next Victim where she had me interview a porn star and spend time in a porn studio. That was a real eye opener!
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Absolutely, it’s a constant struggle of wills. I try to avoid trouble but she ignores my pleas and asks, “Where’s the adventure in that?” Who says I want adventure? And I’m tired of failed romantic relationships (she’s put me through a LOT of heartache). I think she’s finally listened to me though. I’m sort of engaged to a hunky homicide detective named Bryce.
What is your greatest fear?
Failing to successfully defend an innocent person. I’m always afraid I’ll miss some important but seemingly insignificant piece of evidence that’s crucial to my client’s defense. Personally, I’m claustrophobic (my author knows this but it doesn’t keep her from putting me through horrible experiences) and I hate spiders (luckily, she does, too, so I don’t run into many of them.)
What makes you happy?
Fighting for a just cause. A nice glass of wine (or iced martini) and a quiet night with Bryce. Or with a book. (Huh? No wonder I haven’t done so well with the relationships.)
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
Other than being born beautiful and rich? There were plenty of experiences I would have preferred skipping at the time, but looking back I can see they’ve all contributed to making me who I am today, and I’m fairly happy with that.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Luckily, I’m not bugged by any of the characters who’ve stuck with me through the series, but in each book there’s always one. Slimy prosecutors, smug judges, reporters who ignore the facts and write the story they want. Oh, and clients who are trouble (happens more often than you’d think.)
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
There’s actually no one, except maybe my sister because she managed to skirt through most of her life ignoring responsibly. If it was just a quick, temporary trade, my friend Margot, who is actually a man. Or was. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be her.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Jonnie was an attorney, like me. But she opted for a more normal life (husband, kids, dogs). She lives her exciting escapades vicariously through me and her other characters. Granted, I have a dog, but I might like a husband and maybe a kid, too. And not so many close calls. Not that she’s going to listen to me.
Jonnie has written sixteen books (two series and several stand-alones) and a couple of short stories. You can find her at her website.
What's next for you?
I’m not really sure. My author left me in a nice place in the last book (if you can ignore the stitches in my face). I won a case, exposed some bad people, and learned what a great guy Bryce really is. But now she’s off working on another stand-alone. Meanwhile, I’m itching for more adventure. (I know, I said I liked to avoid trouble, but maybe she can send me on a nice beach vacation or a trip to Paris. I can hear her already, “Where’s the adventure in that?”)
Kali O’Brien Legal Mysteries
There are eight books in the Kali O’Brien Legal Mystery Series. In the first, Shadow of Doubt, Kali returns to her hometown of Silver Creek where her childhood friend is the prime suspect in the murder of her husband. Kali is convinced she's innocent until the evidence begins to mount. The second, Evidence of Guilt, is currently available for the promotional price of 99 cents, and the eighth, What the Widow Knew is a super bargain because it’s part of a ten-novella collection SleuthingWomen II: 10 Mystery Novellas — 99 cents for all ten.