Hero Interview from Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman with a Giveaway

» Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog | 38 comments

This week I’m hosting Christina Rich with The Guardian’s Promise (US only) and Susan Sleeman with Dark Tide (US only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Mar. 23rd) evening.

Dark Tide by Susan SleemanInterview with the hero from Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman:

1. Derrick Justice, tell me the most interesting thing about you. Probably the most interesting thing about me is that I live in a floating home. You may have heard of houseboats but wonder what a floating home is. Technically my home could be called a houseboat, but size generally distinguishes a floating home from a houseboat. Larger size homes like mine are considered floating homes. Mine is two stories with three bedrooms and three baths. Basically, it’s just like your normal kind of house, except you don’t want to sleep walk and take a wrong turn in the night from the deck. J Once my adopted daughter Sophia starts walking, I’m certain I’ll be moving, but it’s been great living on the river.

2.  What do you do for fun? I like to fish for salmon. The Pacific Northwest it the perfect place for it so you can find me on Oregon’s Rogue River in March for the spring run of Chinooks. That is, if my new wife, Gina agrees to let me go. Hah!

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it? Oh, wow. Just one thing, huh? I’m not so good with the cleaning thing. Not just my house, but my car, my fishing boat. You get the picture.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life? Afraid of. Hmm, not sure there’s anything I’m really afraid of anymore. I mean, I was kinda worried for a while that I wasn’t going to find a woman to spend my life with, but now that I’ve reconnected with Gina, that fear is gone.

5.  What do you want out of life? I’m a simple kind of guy. Let me stay in Oregon and keep working with my brothers and sisters in the Justice Agency, let Gina and I have a few more children to be siblings for Sophia and my life is complete.

6.  What is the most important thing to you? Hands down, family. My parents were killed in a car crash when I was a teenager, then my adoptive parents were murdered a few years back so I value family more than anything. And I love that I have four adopted siblings, all married now, some expecting children of their own and we come together for these big family gatherings.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? I read about fishing. Kind of all the time. Never know what you can learn to improve your ability to catch the big one, you know? Oh yeah, and since I became a dad I’ve been reading parenting books. Not as much as Gina though. She’s an expert.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’m a little focused with being on time. Okay, maybe a little is an understatement. I’m trying to get better at relaxing and going with the flow and Gina’s helping me with that. As is being a dad. I mean, kids never do things on schedule, now do they?

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? No pets. Gina thinks all kids need a pet and lately she’d been trying to talk me into getting a puppy for Sophia. Maybe kids need pets. I’m not sure yet. Do dogs go fishing? I wouldn’t mind having a fishing buddy and that might sway my mind completely. For obvious, reasons I couldn’t consider a cat for this.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? As a former police detective, I’ve always been fascinated by the Kennedy assassination. I’d like to go back to Dallas. Not to see the event as it was such a traumatic day for our country, but to the time just after to see how the investigating detectives handled the investigation.


  1. Love these interviews…helps to get inside the character’s lives & heads. Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity…Linda

  2. How fascinating interview with Derrick.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  3. Great interview…looks like an awesome book – would love to win. =)

  4. Both authors are new to me. Their books sound very interesting. Would love to win one. Thank you for the chance.

  5. I have all the previous books from this series on my keeper shelf. The Justice siblings are all intriguing people. Ms. Sleeman has a gift for getting your attention and then drawing you into the lives of the family. Enjoyed this interview and would love to add this book to the rest 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments about the Justice Agency, Susan. The books were a pleasure to write and I love hearing that people are enjoying them. You are so sweet to mention it.

  6. Fun to fish

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I’m so thankful for everyone stopping by today. Sorry, I’ve not checked in earlier, but I’ve been neck deep in edits for my next book.

  8. I love the interviews with the writers and especially this one with Susan. And Susan, if you go to Dallas, I would love to go with you, not only to see how the investigation was handled but also to see where it happened. Seen it lots of times on TV but in person would be so much better! Thanks for the invite to enter the give-away ….love all your work.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ruth. Not planning to go to Dallas soon, but you never know!!

  9. I have enjoyed previous books by Susan Sleeman. Christina Rich is new to me. Thanks for doing the contest.

    • Thanks for stopping by Charlotte. I appreciate your kind words about my books!

  10. I love the character interview! It sounds just like Derrick:)

    • Thanks, Donna. I thought it sounded like Derrick, too!

  11. I enjoyed Derrick’s interview and would love to read Dark Tide!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    • So glad you stopped by Britney! Best wishes in winning Dark Tide.

  12. I love the interview. I can’t wait to read! Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win. sarah_purcats(at)yahoo(dot) com

    • Thanks for your kind comments on the interview, Sarah and thanks for taking the time to stop by!

  13. I am all in for Dark Tide. Thank you for the gret interview and giveaway.

    melback at cebridge dot com

    • Thanks for commenting, Melanie. Best wishes in winning!

  14. What a delightful interview! This is such a good series! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat! 🙂

    • So glad you took the time to comment, Marion and I so appreciate your kind words about the series. You are so sweet!

  15. As a big LIS fan–and the child of an avid fisherman–I’d be thrilled to win a copy of Susan’s book. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the contest, ladies. Blessings!


    • Thanks for coming by, Sybil. So thrilled you love the LIS line. There are some amazing authors in this group!

  16. What a delightful interview! I love this series. Thanks for tossing my name in the hat! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, Marion and your kind words about The Justice Agency series.

  17. That was pretty cool how the character was interviewed!


  18. This is a wonderful interview. I’m a real fan of both Margaret and Susan. don’t want to miss books by either one of them.

    • Thanks for stopping by Shirley. So glad you did and best wishes in winning Dark Tide.

  19. I love christian suspense books, this one looks great.

    lsnljohnson at aol dot com

    • Marilyn, I’m like you. I too love Christian suspense books.

  20. read the interview with the hero-I did like the floating home answer. please sign me up for the giveaway

    • Thanks, Vicki. I couldn’t imagine living on a floating home, could you?

  21. I loved inspirational suspense – would love to win this book 🙂
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  22. Really enjoyed the interview with a character from your book! Please include me in the giveaway.

  23. Both Susan and Christina write beautiful stories but their characters leap off the pages, they are so vibrant and real. Thanks for a very interesting set of interviews! jenna@jennavictoria.com

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