Today we sit down for a chat with Detective Will Peterson from romantic suspense author Afton Locke’s Deadlocked by Dawn.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I had an easy job in the Key Largo PD investigating commercial crime. Until a murder happened at a nearby resort, and the department was shorthanded.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I have a great gut, and I’m not talking about food. My instincts about killers are usually spot-on. If only I’d listen to them more.
What do you like least about yourself?
Waiting too long to think things over instead of making a split decision.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
The author will kill me if I give away any plot spoilers, so I’ll be vague. In the moment of truth, Delia took away the very option I planned to use. And I didn’t have a lot of time to figure out Plan B.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Yep. She always tells it like it is, even if it makes me look bad. She says readers don’t want to read about a perfect hero, but does she have to make me look so flawed?
What is your greatest fear?
Wimping out and looking like a failure.
What makes you happy?
Being trusted. Doing well at my job. Catching killers.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
My past job. I screwed up, and it cost me dearly. I can never get back what I lost.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
The heroine. My attraction to her gets in the way of my logical thinking. She also makes me want to protect her. There goes my easy job in paradise.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
The villain. Ruthless, crafty, and full of guts.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes outside the box. Her trips always inspire her, sometimes years after they’re over. She lives with her husband, usually surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and watching retro T.V. You can learn more about her and her books at her website. http://www.aftonlocke.com
What's next for you?
I plan to be Key Largo’s best homicide investigator. Not only fearless but compassionate. Delia will make sure of that…
Deadlocked by Dawn
Paradise in the Florida Keys…
After 2020, Delia Sloane struggles to keep Rainbow Falls Resort afloat while grieving the loss of her father and husband. She refuses to let her Key Largo slice of paradise—a haven for non-mainstream couples—die. But when a serial killer begins attacking her guests—leaving a single dreadlock on each victim—everything spins out of control, including what’s left of her family.
Hides a killer…
After her brother’s experience with police brutality, the last place she wants to turn to for help is law enforcement. Scarred mentally by a deadly force incident, Detective Will Peterson has avoided homicide cases. But only he has the skills to drill into the elusive killer’s twisted mind.
And it just got personal…
When a hurricane strikes, exposing the horrible truth behind Delia’s losses and threatening everything she holds dear, trusting Will may be her only hope. Are they up to the challenge?