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Interview with Meghan Muldoon, Director of Crime Victims Service, from the novella For Keeps, a February 2016 release out of the Candy Hearts series from the Wild Rose Press
Where are you from, Meg? I was born in Limerick, Ireland but emigrated to the US as an infant. My parents were inn keepers in Ireland and settled in a region termed by locals as the Irish Alps in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Many Irish immigrants settled in the area over the years, hence the nickname.
Tell us a bit about For Keeps. It is about my struggle to balance my vocation as a victim advocate with my personal relationship with police detective Keenan Rossi. Working with victims of violence fulfills me professionally and spiritually but Kee adds that special something to my personal life that I never thought I’d find with anyone.
What did you think the first time you saw Keenan? He spilled his coffee down the front of his shirt because he couldn’t keep his eyes off my legs and wasn’t paying attention.
What was your second thought? Prior to coming to the Crime Victims Service,
I spent more than ten years in the Air Force with the Special Investigations Unit. It was a pleasant change to have a man consider me as a woman first and not a threat to his position.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Oh, no. No no no. Intrigue and interest, definitely, but not love.
What do you like most about Keenan? I like his voice; it’s deep and growly. Then there’s the fact that he makes me laugh. And all his protective instincts rise to the surface when he senses men might like to get . . . pushy with me. My Kee hasn’t quite accepted that I’m not threatened by men who feel it’s their inalienable right to wield their power because they have a penis or wear a weapon.
How would you describe him? A great huge teddy bear who likes to cook and grow his own vegetables. Not hobbies most people associate with police officers.
What made you choose victim advocacy as a career? When I was in college my room-mate was raped by the captain of the lacrosse team. It was a well known Division 1 school with reputation for producing NCAA championship teams. She reported to the campus police who invented all manner of reasons not to believe her story; the university backed up the coppers. She left school as a result of the assault and sadly committed suicide shortly thereafter. I decided then and there to do something with my life to help women.
What is your biggest fear? That I will make things worse by allowing my ego to dictate my actions instead of listening to what my clients want. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense but I’m ashamed to say it happens too often in this field; clients are put in greater jeopardy because the advocate failed in their responsibility to them.
How do you relax? I’ve developed an interest in interior decorating and want to turn Keenan’s home which is on the shore of Lake Ontario into the sanctuary he deserves.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have several faves. John Sandford who created the Lucas Davenport “Prey” series invents diverse characters who make me laugh out loud. I also like the characters from John R. Maxim’s Bannerman series; Robert B. Parker’s small town chief of police, Jesse Stone; and Robert Ludlum’s Mikhail Havlecek from The Parsifal Mosaic. One thing they all do is hold my interest to the very last page.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My mother once told me, “It’s not about you, Meghan darling. It’s all about them. What they want, what they need. So pay attention.”
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