Today we sit down for a chat with Sgt. Winston Windflower from the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mysteries by author Mike Martin.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I liked my life, but it wasn’t as interesting as it is now. It seems there’s a lot more people in my life. Even an occasional ghost.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I am kind. I have a soft heart, and I think that makes me a better person. And even a better police officer.
What do you like least about yourself?
I am impatient. Not a great trait for a Mountie when most police work is actually spent waiting. My children are teaching me patience, though.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Oh boy, so many things. Mostly silly stuff with my kids like being a judge on their American Idol game. Or falling down a mine shaft in the middle of nowhere. Actually, he inflicts a lot of injuries on me. I hope you feel sorry for me.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
All the time. I tell him my story and how he should write it. Then he asks other characters for their opinions. Often the story turns out completely different from the one I planned.
What is your greatest fear?
It used to be getting shot. But now it’s if something were to happen to my wife and children. I still don’t want to get shot, by the way. Please tell my author.
What makes you happy?
I am a simple guy. My ideal day would be a picnic with my family or going fishing with my friend. I am grateful for what I have and that makes me happy. Usually.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I don’t think so. I have a great life and it just keeps getting better. One person who read one of the books called me Canada’s friendliest Mountie. I like that.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
I actually like most of the other characters. But I occasionally butt heads with the higher ups in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They don’t understand life at the working level. And the criminals are pretty creepy. But most of them are sick people so it’s hard to get too mad with them.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I like Herb Stoodley’s life. He runs the Mug-Up café with his wife in Grand Bank and knows a lot about trout fishing and classical music. He’s teaching me about both.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Mike Martin was born in St. John's, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer, and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. Learn more about Mike and his books at his website.
What's next for you?
I’m telling my author the story for the next book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. I’d tell you about it, but then I’d have to kill you. Just joking!!
A Sgt. Windflower Mystery, Book 10
Sgt. Windflower in a special assignment in St. John's and adjusting to life in the big city. He is navigating traffic, a difficult boss at work, and what seems like an epidemic of missing girls. He becomes more interested when he discovers that one of the girls is from Grand Bank. Then a girl approaches his RCMP van one night and he is pulled into the underlife of the capital city. But he still manages to enjoy all of the good things in life. His family, old and new friends, and the love of living so close to the Atlantic Ocean.