Monday, October 1, 2007

"Ladies of Class"

What's his name? Chief Inspector Detective Richard Hayward

Why did you pick that name? As I am not the Author, that is hard to answer. Mum probably picked that name as she related a lot of her writings to some aspect of her life.

Give us a brief description of how he looks. Richard is tall, slim with dark hair. His face can change quite dramatically. He has a serious air that determines his position in the force. But the twinkle in his eye reveals his remarkable sense of humour that can take over, not always at the most appropriate time.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Not really. At the beginning of the story Richard is recovering from a broke bone in his leg. So he probably is not walking quite normally.

Who does he love? Why? Richard loves his wife Kate and of course his mother who is one of the characters throughout the story. Richard adores Kate, his first love. Kate is absent until the end of the story but she is always on Richard's mind. One can understand his devotion to Kate as events progress. Even feel his sense of loss that Kate is not with him to share his happiness for his promotion and move to their new home.

Does this person love him? Richard really believes that Kate loves him, however, at times there is a hint of doubt in his mind. As Kate entries the story towards the end, one really does get the felling for the depth of love towards Richard.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? Ella, Richard's mother plays an important part in Richard's life at the moment. In Kate's absence, Ella has taken care of Richard after his accident. She is assisting Richard in setting up his new home after his promotion and move to Burshill. At first Richard didn't feel the need for his mother to be doing so much. However, when he is called back to duty before his convalescence is up, to investigate the murders, he then sees the value and importance of all that his mother is doing.

Where is he from? Richard is originally from London, England.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? Richard's background as a big town policeman and his reputation for 'getting the gangster', preceded him to the small town of Burshill. But he really does not act like a 'big time cop'. In some ways, even though his is probably the youngest officer to get his promotion, he is quite unassuming and at times, humble.

What does he want out of life? Probably the thing Richard wants most is for Kate and himself to enjoy a quiet life in their new home town and do his job well He was never really happy with all the fame and attention he was receiving in London.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) Richard does not really appear to have any secrets, unless his somewhat unusual methods of 'catching the villain’' could be considered a secret.

Did you write more than one story about him? Yes, Mum did write another Detective Richard Hayward murder mystery book.

How would he describe you? I think Richard would describe Mum as a very private woman who was never without a book or pen in her hand. Avidly reading or furiously writing.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share. Richard was able to combine his thoroughness of investigation and questioning with diplomacy. Which added to his successes.

Please provide your website link. http://marjo-mumswritings.

What is the link to buy your book?

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share? No pictures unfortunately.

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