Tuesday, December 7, 2010

#BIR2010 - Fran Komisky Character Interview by Lisa McMann

For the first time ever, Captain Fran Komisky of the Fieldridge Police Department (from the Wake, Fade & Gone by Lisa McMann) is sitting down to an interview. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with me Captain Komisky.

Captain nods.

Can you tell us what it is like to be a woman in such a high ranking in a male dominated profession?

Captain lifts her right eyebrow slightly. She doesn’t smile. “Other than having a public restroom pretty much to myself, I hadn’t really noticed anything out of the ordinary.”

And how does your husband feel about your chosen profession?

“He really enjoys it when the firefighters stop by the house to cook for us. But he’s not terribly fond of my work schedule.”

If you weren’t a police officer, what else could you see yourself doing?

Captain gives the interviewer the hairy eyeball. Clears her throat. “If I weren’t a police captain, I’d probably work more with the underground people who have psychic or supernatural gifts, like Janie. At the moment, I don’t have time to search for them, and they don’t all just fall into your lap like that.”

Do you ever find it hard to let go of a case, even after it has been closed? What do you do in a situation like that to take your mind off of it?

She frowns. “You just deal with it and move on,” she says. “You have to. There’s no special trick or quick fix. You have to control it or it eats away at you.”

In the past you have employed legal aged high school students to work on your cases. Did you ever have second thoughts or regrets about putting them into a dangerous situation?

“Absolutely. I have doubts about decisions I’ve made when any of my team is in jeopardy. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have second thoughts now and then. This job requires people with brains and instinct, and sometimes those two things conflict.”

How and when did you first meet Martha Stubin? What did you think about her and her ability?

{Captain allows a rueful smile.} “Martha came to me several years ago to discuss…something personal that had affected both of our lives many years ago, when I was a child. She sought me out to try and make something right. At our third meeting, she told me straight up about her ability. For whatever reason -- instinct, probably -- I believed her story. She offered her services to help me in any way she could, and she was a brilliant asset. I miss her.” Captain taps her lips with her finger. ”I think she felt like she owed me something.”

You seem to have taken a personal interest in Janie Hannagan, seemingly becoming a mother figure to her. What did you see in Janie to evoke such a response in you?

“Both of them – Janie and Cabel – they’re extraordinary human beings stuck in shitty situations. Janie…she’s obviously incredibly special. Warm-hearted, motivated. Tenacious. A strong fighter. And I felt like she needed to know that. They way things are for her…well, she just needed to hear it. And I didn’t see anybody else stepping up.”

If you had been inflicted with Janie’s gift/curse, what do you think your decision would have been: isolation, or continue to use it to help those in need?

“There’s no way I can answer that without actually being in the situation. I just don’t honestly know which way I’d go.”

One last question, and I will let you get back to your busy workday: Have you been in contact recently with either Cabel or Janie? In your opinion, how are they doing?

Captain smiles. “They are quite well, and they asked me to send their best wishes to your readers.”

It was a pleasure talking to you Captain. Thank you again for giving us a glimpse into your life.

Captain nods and stands. “Pleasure.” As she walks briskly to the door, heels clicking, she pulls a buzzing cell phone from her skirt pocket and puts it to her ear. “Komisky.”

**All of us here at BCM were just thrilled to do this interview with Lisa & the Captain. Gone is definitely one of our best reads of 2010. Thank you Lisa!

1 comment:

  1. She is one tough cookie! I would be scared of her if I had to work with her.



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