Interview with Rick Gonzalez
Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm a homicide detective with the Miami-Dade police department. I'm Cuban, raised in Little Havana, Miami, by my mom. I owe everything to her. She and my dad left Cuba in a balsa, a homemade raft. My father got washed overboard in a storm; by some miracle my pregnant mom made it to a beach in Key West. A police officer found her. She named me for him – Richard. I guess that's why I later became a cop.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
Well, I hate reporters. I was working undercover narcotics, and I loved that job The looks on the perps' faces when I slapped the ankle bracelets on them – no one ever suspected I was a cop - was worth all the risk. Then, some frigging reporter put my picture in the newspaper, identifying me as a cop. That was the end of my undercover career. Then I meet Rebecca, a reporter for the Miami Star, and the chief orders me, of all people, to work with her on a story about this serial killer in Miami. The minute I saw her, it was instant attraction, but she's a reporter – my sworn enemy!
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
How can I trust Rebecca Challenger? She's out to make a name for herself as a journalist and using me to do that. Okay, I can deal with that, but when we take things between us to the next level, I just don't know. Are her feelings as real for me as her ambition? Or is she just screwing me to get more information for her story?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
That this psychopath murderer is going to kill the woman I truly love! I finally find her only to possibly lose her? I can't let that happen, no way!
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Rebecca's my soulmate, no other word for it. Besides being gorgeous, she's super smart, interesting, and caring. She genuinely wants to make the world a better place – that's why she became a journalist and why I became a cop. I guess that's what we have in common – we see the world beyond our own little niche, which is a very comfortable cocoon to be in!
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
That's an easy one – the ex! She couldn't take being married to a cop – the crazy hours, the long shifts, the worry that every time your husband goes to work, you don't know if he'll come back. I admit it's not easy, maybe that's why so many cops are divorced. But I think she really took out her own failures on me. After her store on Calle Ocho selling Cuban souvenirs went under, so did our marriage.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
I found the woman of my dreams and arrested the Night Knifer, which is the kind of career-making case every homicide detective dreams about. It made national headlines and a producer is interested in making a movie about it. What more could I want?
About the Author
Chantal Verlaine has been writing stories since she was six years old and firmly believes that every good story deserves a romance. A global nomad, she most recently is a Miami transplant to Los Angeles, which has many more good hair days than South Florida but she still misses Miami's tropical nights, bathtub-warm ocean and Cuban rocket-fuel coffee.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I'm currently working on a mystery with a woman detective as the lead character, and plenty of romantic sparks!
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I'm a true global nomad! I was born in New Zealand and lived in seven countries by the time I was thirteen. I lived in three more countries as an adult.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Miami Steam is a quick, smexy read for those who like fast-paced, action-oriented fiction. It's got mystery, thrills and suspense, which all pivots on romance, of course! Perfect for reading on the beach, on a flight, or to curl up with on an afternoon.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I know I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but read, read and read more! I've been a voracious reader since I was a child and the worlds contained in books continue to amaze and fascinate me. I can't figure out why people don't read more!
About the Book
Title Miami Steam
Genre Erotic, contemporary, suspense
Author Chantal Verlaine
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Miami Star reporter Rebecca Challenger desperately needs a big story on the serial killer terrorizing the city in order to get a promotion to features writer. Her main source, lead homicide detective Rick Gonzalez, despises reporters. As the pair spar over the story, they're both jolted by a white-hot current of mutual attraction. They overcome their mistrust to start a promising love affair, but overheard gossip causes Rebecca to shy away. Baffled and hurt by Rebecca's sudden rejection, Rick vows to forget her. That is, until the serial killer, enraged by Rebecca's story about him, kidnaps her, and Rick must rescue the woman of his dreams. Can true love endure in the face of misunderstandings and a psychopath's wiles?
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