Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Character Q&A: Sergeant Winston Windflower of Mike Martin's SAFE HARBOUR


It's Character Interview Day! 

Today's guest is Sergeant Winston Windflower from inside the pages of SAFE HARBOUR by Mike Martin.  It is a pleasure to have him with us at The Literary Nook!

What is your name?

Sergeant Winston Windflower

What do you look like?

Tall, dark and handsome. You should see me in my red serge uniform.

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I’m in Grand Bank, Newfoundland with my partner and children.

Describe the outside of your home.

Outside it’s foggy. So foggy you can hardly see anything. But if you could, you would see the Atlantic Ocean from my backyard.

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

I run, if I can. I have no desire for a confrontation. But if I can’t get way, I would try an calm him down and call for help.

You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?

My wedding day with my wife, Sheila. She is still the love of my life.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I am definitely a morning person. I would need a lot of coffee to stay up late.

A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?

It might be speeding and if I was, I would take the ticket and thank him. Hoping that he doesn’t recognize me.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

Probably my rain jacket. It’s almost always raining or foggy or misty here in Grand Bank so I really need it.

Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?

Nope. I don’t like spiders and snakes, but who does?

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

A picture of my late Auntie Marie. I really miss her.

You move into a new home. What's the first thing you buy for it?

A living room set and a TV.

How do you feel about mortality?

We’re all going to die.

What scares you?

Something happening to my children.

How would your parents describe you?

I hope they would say I was a kind man.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

Give thanks for the day. Kiss Sheila.

Who is your best friend?

Herb Stoodley. He co-owns a café in Grand Bank.

Who is your worse enemy?

I hope I don’t have any. But I suspect many of the crooks I put in jail don’t like me very much.

Are you faith-oriented?

I am spiritual but not religious.

Are you married or in a relationship?

Married to Sheila Hillier.

Do you have children?

Amelia Louise and Stella.

Where is your favorite hangout?

The Mug-Up café in Grand Bank.

You are at the zoo. What is your favorite animal?

I love the cats. Lions, tigers, all of them.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

Pray for peace.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a police officer.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

I would like to be braver. To say and do the things that needed to sad or done, even if they were hard.

About the Book   

Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Ottawa Press and Publishing
Pages: 264
Genre: Mystery


Sgt. Windflower is on a special assignment in St. John’s and adjusting to life in the big city. He is navigating traffic, a difficult boss at work and what seems like an epidemic of missing girls. He becomes more interested when he discovers that one of the girls is from Grand Bank. Then a girl approaches his RCMP van one night and he is pulled into the underlife of the capital city. But he still manages to enjoy all of the good things in life. His family, old and new friends, and the love of living so close to the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome back to St. Windflower Mysteries.


“Safe Harbour is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read. The mystery woven around his home life is very nicely done, containing just the right amount of tension and development to make for an inviting leisure read.” – Midwest Reviews

Pick up your copy at Amazon!


About the Author 

Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand.

He is the author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 10 books in this light mystery series with the publication of Safe HarbourA Tangled Web was shortlisted in 2017 for the best light mystery of the year, and Darkest Before the Dawn won the 2019 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. Mike has also published Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries, a Sgt. Windflower Book of Christmas past and present.

Mike is Past Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers and a member of the Newfoundland Writing Guild and Ottawa Independent Writers.


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