Interview with Jean Hackensmith, author of Identity Crisis
By tlgleichner on June 17, 2014
ABOUT IDENTITY CRISIS
When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.
Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier. What does Collin base this incredible revelation on? Dog tags and car seats. Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break. He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Identity Crisis is the second book in the B.K. Investigations series, the sequel to Checkmate. It revolves around Brian Koski, a former Cheyenne, WY police captain who was forced to resign his position after being labeled a “rogue cop” by the new chief of police. Blackballed from a career in law enforcement, Brian is forced to open a P.I. business in order to make a living. His first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten, parents of seven-year-old Angela. The distraught parents tell Brian that their little girl is being stalked by her former teacher, Collin Lanaski, who claims that Angela is, indeed, his daughter—a daughter who died in a car accident along with her mother five years earlier.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
As I mentioned above, Identity Crisis is the second book in a series. The ending of Checkmate cried for a sequel, and the B.K. Investigations series was born.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
I love to write a compilation of books with the same characters. These characters become such a part of my life, and my readers lives, that one book never seems to be enough. It was the same with my Passage Time Travel Romance series. The first book just wasn’t enough, for me or my readers. The B.K. Investigations series, though, will probably be my longest series yet with a dozen or more books before I’m done. I have so many ideas of cases that Brian can tackle, including one case—based on a psychic’s visions—that will be on-going throughout the entire series and finally reach its culmination in the last book.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My biggest supporter was my husband, Ron, who died in 2011. Now my kids have kind of taken over that role. My brother and sister, too, are very supportive and always more than willing to help me flesh out an idea.
Your biggest critic?
My son, Jason. He works as an editor for a magazine in New York City. With a degree in writing, he’s very quick to pick out any errors or discrepancies in my manuscripts and, more often than not, he’s right!
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I don’t know if you would call it a “cause” or not, but I am most passionate about supporting my family and doing everything I can to help my children succeed in life. They’re all grown now, some with children of their own, but it warms my heart that they still need Mom and value my opinion. I also love the fact that they don’t allow mistakes I’ve made in the past, both in my personal life and as a mother, to temper their love or devotion. I love you, guys!
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Just a smile and a pat on the back—then I go back to the beginning and start picking it apart!
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