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Please welcome character Jack Miller to our blog today!
He is the star of the The Ninth District
We left his creator Doug Dorow home while we spoke with him!
My name is Jack Miller. I'm a Special Agent with the FBI in the Minneapolis office. I work mainly on bank robberies; I have a knack for catching these guys. You may have heard we have had our share of weird serial bank robbers in Minneapolis; the Fishing Hat Bandit, Sponge Bob Bandit and now we have The Governor.
The Governor is different; he's killed somebody in a recent bank robbery. So... the Special Agent in Charge has asked me to mentor a new agent who recently joined our office, Ross Fruen (I affectionately call him Junior). This case is going to get more publicity with the murder happening in a nice suburb so the SAC wants me to hold Junior's hand.
In addition, my wife recently moved out, took our two young kids with her. Says I need to decide between pursuing my career and my family.
The Governor thinks he's smart and better than us. He goes after Ross, causing a terrible car accident where Ross gets injured. And he comes after me, taking a few shots at me while I'm out for my morning jog.
The team after The Governor includes me, Junior, I mean, Special Agent Ross Fruen, and the geeks, a group of computer nerds who use their technical knowhow to help track and find this guy. We're closing in on him and discover that his target is The Ninth District Federal Reserve of Minneapolis. Junior's hurt so I have to go down into the sewers and tunnels that run under the city to try and stop The Governor.
One thing I learned from my daughter is that The Federal Reserve has never been robbed. Junior and I mean to keep it that way.
Let's hope that you do Special Agent.
I'm glad you said you could stay for a few more minutes and answer a few questions!
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
Could he make me better looking and in better shape? I don't like running, it hurts too much, but I have to exercise 'cuz I like to eat.
This story teller, this guy sitting on his - ahem, excuse me, ... butt, in front of a computer, made me go down into the sewers under downtown Minneapolis. I'm claustrophobic. I wish he would've found a way to send somebody else. I had a junior partner I was mentoring, but nooo, he injures him so I have to go.
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
A little more flirting with Patty, the Latina news reporter, would have been nice. I mean, I'm married, but she's hot. Just flirting.
yeah... o.k... If that's what you want to call it... (rolling my eyes here)
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
Best? I guess it's my sense of humor, I don't take things too seriously and I'm a damn good FBI agent.
Least, hmmm... I'm too married to my job and it's been hard on my family.
Our jobs are always hard on our families... sorry to hear that.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
It was this claustrophobic thing. It was my little secret and he kept putting me in these situations where I wasn't comfortable and then in the end he sticks me in the storm sewer. I mean, come on.
I personally don't like heights - so I can understand not wanting to be in those kinds of positions.
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
Yes, there's a sequel. All I want to accomplish is to have a nice, two week vacation at the in-laws' Minnesota lake cabin; work on my tan, go fishing and have fun with the family. Something tells me that my vacation won't turn out that way. This is a thriller, right?
Thank you very much Special Agent Miller! We really appreciate you coming and I can't wait to check out what happens in your story!
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Oh and Special Agent Miller wanted us to know that his creator's last name is pronounced to rhyme with Zorro.
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