Hello and welcome back.
Today I am doing a character interview with Paul Danbury, a police constable who appears in the novel No Rest For The Vengeful released on November 30, 2018
IW: thanks for meeting with me today. Can you give us any insight into what made you decide to become a police officer.
Paul: The old stand by I guess. What a lot of wet behind the ears kids say when they sign up. Let’s make the world a better place.
IW: Oh yes, are you able to elaborate on that?
Paul: I saw how gangs and drugs destroyed the neighborhood and ruined lives. On the one hand, I wanted to help combat that and maybe put at least a dent in those problems. Another part of it is I remember reading in one of those self development books, I can’t remember the exact one as I’ve read so many, but there was a quote that stuck out with me which said, ‘if you want to know what to do, look at what everyone else is doing and do the exact opposite.”
IW: Was there any blow back or flak from anyone in the neighborhood, like from friends and family, when you decided to become a cop?
Paul (laughs): Nothing I couldn’t handle. I’m the oldest child in my family so my parents were tickled with pride. Said I made a great example for my younger brother and sister. I lost some friends who said I was an Oreo – you know black on the outside and white on the inside type of thing.
IW: And those friends who were supportive?
Paul: They’re running some community projects to help rid the place of the gangs. Which is definitely a good thing. Most of those who weren’t supportive are either dead or in jail. I made the right choice, obviously.
IW: What are you working on now within the police department?
Paul: There’s a case of two missing girls. Well, actually four. They went missing from a group home for teenage girls. They were rescued from abusive homes, and/or rescued from the streets and prostitution. They are probably going to be hard to find though, society’s throwaways. That’s what some people call them.
IW: Any suspects or idea what could have happened to them?
Paul: I can’t really comment on an ongoing investigation, but, when a girl goes missing she’s usually used for a single purpose. Pretty grim reality which is why we have to find them. Anyway, that’s all the time I have for today, I’ve got to go out and get on saving those girls.
A true hero in action, check out his duty to the citizens below: