I am so excited that today I have with me Detective Samantha Wright who took time out of her day at Manhattan Mid-town South to chat about the Aries case. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get her to talk about her new romance with Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. Frank Khaos. I must tell you, I’m one of the few people who have already read the novel and there’s a lot of heat between the two of them. Oh, I better be quiet before she comes in and hears me airing her laundry. Ooh here she is.
R: Hi, Detective Wright. So nice to meet you!
S: Same here, Ronnie. And it’s Sam.
R: I’m thrilled to be talking with you. You’ve had a rough couple of weeks. There was even a hit on you.
S: Yes. I sure did. And I had my first trigger-pull, too. For my first weeks in the rank and two high profile cases. It doesn’t get any rougher than that. In fact, the house in the above picture is pretty similar to mine, after the hit. The crime scene tape. Ugh.
R: Oh no! What can you tell me about the cases?
S: In all honesty, legally I can’t tell you much. The first case was supposed to be five serial kills plotted by one woman. We averted the fifth murder.The perpetrator is now a forensic patient in a hospital for the criminally insane. She’ll stay there until Dr. Khaos deems her fit for trial. The second was a cold case. The murder of Dr. Khaos’ wife.
R: Oh my God! When did that happen?
S: Over two years ago. A case is considered cold after a year.
R: How is he doing now?
S: He’s a little calmer. Relief hasn’t set in yet.
R: Who killed her?
S: Can’t tell you that either. It would be a violation of the perp’s rights. And don’t ask why. The group is in custody. And I’m sure more people will be revealed.
R: Understood. So how do you like your new position?
S: I love it. I’ve been wanting to become a detective since I entered NYPD. I started in juvie crimes. That’s where they placed me because I was a teacher for ten years before I joined the force. I had a couple of solid cases under my belt, so when a positioned opened up, I qualified.
R: What part of the job do you like best?
S: The excitement. Analyzing the forensics. Love love love forensics. Had to do a lot of that for the Aries case. The interviews. I love interviewing people. When you ask the right questions, you definitely get leads. I also like the travel. As a detective I can go within the five boroughs of New York City and for Aries we did. It was a wild ride through the boroughs, literally.
R: What is one interesting place you went?
S: (giggles) Frank, uh Dr. Khaos and I followed a lead to a BDSM club. And I’ll just give you a hint. We were dressed for the occasion.
R: That was just a little hint. (giggle) Speaking about Dr. Khaos, how was it working with him?
S: Well, it was a rough start. Didn’t think I’d like him. But I do. And I respect him.
R: That’s it? Can’t you give me a little sizzle?
S: I could, but I won’t. Let’s just say, we thoroughly enjoyed each other. In one very unique place. He calls it, ‘his special place.’ I’m assuming you’ll be interviewing him, too, so I’ll let him tell you.
R: Fair enough. But I am intrigued. “His special place?” I wonder what that could be. So what’s the status of your relationship?”
S: Um, we’re happy for now.
R: Okay. I could understand that in your whirlwind of two weeks. What’s your partner like?
S: Um, Nick Valatutti. He’s a great guy. Mostly all business. Not really warm and fuzzy. Knows exactly the right questions to ask. He was great about letting me lead the interviews, and make three arrests.
R: That is great. You must have impressed him. What did you learn about yourself, um, anything change about your self-perceptions?
S:Funny you should ask. There was a lot in that area. Self perception. As anyone would in a new position, you doubt your competence. And I did. I kept questioning myself, if I was good enough to be a detective. After solving the two cases, I assured myself, that I was. I also learned to trust my intuition. After my first kill, I had to debrief with Dr. Trenton. You interviewed him with the Gemini case. I had been denying my intuitive abilities, not listening to my guide, Dara. After speaking with Dr. Trenton, I began to trust my abilities and when I opened myself up, I was able to solve the case of Dr. Khaos’ wife’s murder. (Checking watch) And I have to get back. We’re starting the Scorpio case.
R: Sam, thank you so much! Will you be available to come and speak with me again?
S: Sure. It’ll be my pleasure.
Well, there ya have it. Right from the heroine of Aries. Please feel free to ask Samantha questions and write them in your comments. Also, if you have any questions for Dr. Khaos, please leave them in your comments as well.
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