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Character Interview: Pat Tierney from Rosemary McCracken’s suspense thriller, Black Water, the second book in the Pat Tierney series



We’re thrilled to have you here today, Pat Tierney, from Rosemary McCracken’s new suspense thriller, Black Water. Pat is a 47-year-old financial planner in Toronto, Canada. In Black Water, the second book in the series, she leaves Toronto and heads out to cottage country north of the city.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you for this interview, Pat. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

BlackWater smallerBlack Water is narrated in the first person, which means that I told my story to Rosemary, and she wrote it down, just as she did with Safe Harbor, the first book in my series. And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! It’s my story and I couldn’t trust anybody to tell it, other than myself. I related the events in Black Water, and how I felt when they were taking place. At times, I was absolutely terrified. At other times, I was uncertain what to do. And I was beside myself with worry when those horrible bikers threatened to take little Tommy from me. I just couldn’t let anything happen to that child.

Do you feel that the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

As I said, Black Water is my story, and I told it exactly the way it happened and presented myself exactly as I am. But Rosemary could have held back a bit and edited certain parts. When you’re telling your own exciting story, you sometimes get carried away and say things that are better left unsaid. Like that phone sex scene with my beau Devon Shaughnessy. Why Rosemary had to keep that in, I certainly don’t know. It didn’t add anything to the story because Devon wasn’t in this book at all. He was hundreds of miles away in Connecticut where he lives.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I try do give people the benefit of the doubt, and err on the side of generosity even if there is a chance that I may be wrong. In Safe Harbor, I brought Tommy, my late husband’s son, into our family. My daughter, Laura, calls me “the world’s biggest pushover.” And she’s probably right.

Worse trait?

I’m a worrier. I worry about everything, which makes bad situations twice as bad. I worry about them beforehand, and then I have to live through them.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Nicole Kidman. She’s now 45, a little younger than I am, but by the time the movie comes out, we’ll be the same age. She’s very convincing in portraying feisty, strong women. I think she’d do a good job telling my story on screen.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Devon Shaughnessy is the current man in my life, although he doesn’t show up in Black Water—apart from the phone sex scene. But just between the two of us, I don’t think Devon is Mr. Right. But he’s a perfectly acceptable Mr. Right Now.

At what point did you start getting nervous about the way your story was going to turn out?

At one point in Black Water, I was being held by two members of a biker gang. They were convinced that I was involved in a drug operation and wanted me out of the way. Permanently out of the way, if you get my meaning.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

This would be my housekeeper, Farah Alwan. Farah came to Canada from Iraq a few years ago. She’s a romantic young woman, filled with thoughts of finding a rich husband, having a beautiful home and lovely clothes. She’s the kind of woman I am trying to raise my daughters not to be.

But I have to remind myself that Farah comes from a different world. If her family hadn’t had to flee their country, her life would have been very different. Her parents would have arranged a good marriage for her, and that may not happen in Canada. I’ve tried to talk to Farah about going to school and building a career. But, so far, she’s not listening.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

The book ends exactly as my adventures in cottage country did. A killer is unmasked, other bad apples are rounded up, and peace is restored to paradise.

What words of wisdom would you give your author when she writes another book with you in it?

I certainly hope Rosemary will show me the next manuscript before it is published. And that she’ll delete any scenes I tell her to.

Thank you for this interview, Pat. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I’ve started relating another set of adventures to Rosemary. It will be a while before it’s finished as we both have very busy schedules. It’s also set in cottage country.



RosemaryMcCracken’s first mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012. Its sequel, Black Water, has just been released.

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