1) Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
My name is Tom Parker. I was born in the US, but grew up in the Niagara region of Canada where my dad was a cop on the local force. I went to college in the US and joined the FBI where I worked for fifteen years, until… Well, it doesn’t matter why I left. My dad needed me. My mom died recently so I took a detective’s job back here in Niagara and moved in with my dad.
2) So coming home to your dad wasn’t the only reason you left your job?
3) And you’re not going to tell me the other reason?
4) Okay then, moving on. What scares you?
Making a wrong decision that costs someone their life.
5) Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
I’m a believer, but I have to admit that my faith has been battered by what I’ve seen on the job. I wish I had the kind of joy I see in Kate’s eyes when she talks about God.
6) What was your first impression of Kate?
Fiercely loyal and with a grit to tackle just about anything life threw her way. I admire her certainty about her friend’s character… as misplaced as that faith might be. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that certain about anyone.
7) What strengths/skills do you have?
I’m a good detective. I can usually tell when suspects are lying. I can quickly assess a situation and respond.
8) What is your greatest weakness?
It used to be that I trusted those close to me, but I won’t make that mistake again. Now, maybe I judge a person or situation too quickly, and too harshly, or see a problem where there isn’t one. But better to eat a little crow later then fail to stop a crisis.
9) What do you value above all else?
Family. In my line of work, especially before I came back to this quiet, rural area, I saw a lot of awful stuff. I saw the job tear relationships apart. Playing with my crazy little nephews, seeing my sister and her husband happily married, working with Dad has made me appreciate what I’ve been missing being so far away.
10) What do you want more than anything?
To find a woman who I can believe in and trust. Trouble is I’m having a hard time believing in anyone these days.