Interview with Marty Golden, protagonist in Hit and Mist: A Silicon Valley Mystery (Book 4)
Q. Do you have a personal motto?
A. I try to live by words from my dad: “If the appetizers are good, eat them. You never know what’s coming for dinner.”
Q. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
A. Well, my mother used to say it was my passing tenth grade English. Now my answer would be different. My greatest accomplishment happened in the last few months. I became partners with Sergeant Mace Jackson and we’ve solved a few murders. Shh! I’m not supposed to make that public. He doesn’t want anyone to know about us working together. His actual words were “Don’t ever say that again.” But I’m sure he only said it like that because other cops were nearby.
Q. What’s on your nightstand?
A. Oh yeah, I’ve been meaning to get one of those.
Q. In your refrigerator right now?
A. Hmm, I’m really not sure. When my nieces stay with me, they always seem to order some groceries to be delivered that surprise me. So there could be anything. Well, no kimchee. They’re not fans of kimchee.
Q. What’s on your bedroom floor right now?
A. Carpeting. Is that the kind of answer you’re looking for? Doesn’t everyone have carpeting? I hate those fancy hotel rooms with hardwood floors. It’s way too cold to step on bare floors in the mornings. I guess you could leave slippers near the bed. Of course, then I’d have to answer this question with ‘hardwood floors’ or ‘slippers’. That’s too complicated. I like carpeting.
Q. What early event shaped you the most?
A. When my younger sister, Laney, managed to get me in trouble with our parents for the first time. I realized I had to up my game.
Q. Complete the following sentence: “I am the kind of person who ...“
A. … hates completing sentences that start like this.
Q. What is the one word you would use to define yourself? What is the one word others would use to define you?
A. I’d say ‘persistent’. I hate to give up when one more attempt might solve the problem. That’s usually a sign of a good engineer. Others have called me ‘obsessive’. Yet, often a person’s biggest strengths are also their greatest weaknesses. I prefer ‘persistent’, it’s more positive.
Q. If you could go back in time for one day, where would you go?
A. Can I bring other people? If I can, maybe I’d go with my kids to original opening day of Disneyland. Of course, the Tomorrowland area would be really lame. But, wow, those vintage T-shirts and ride tickets would be worth a bundle now.
Q. What makes you laugh?
A. Me. I really crack myself up sometimes.
Q. What annoys you?
A. Software bugs. And green salsa. What’s with that? Salsa should be red. Green seems cool and calming when you see it in a dish. Kind of pretty even. But, watch out! It’s a big fake out. Green salsa is way spicy … I’m not going back to that place again.
Q. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
A. What!? Hey, that’s not a fair question to spring on me. I was promised this was going to be a friendly interview, not probing about that humiliating time when I … Can we move on? Geez.
Q. What do you feel most passionately about?
A. That seems a little personal, too. Are you going to publish this? Do I need to get an agent? What did my boss get me into? I thought this was a reward for my outstanding work. Can my sister Laney help me, she’s an HR rep. … Well, ok. I’m not sure I’m passionate about them, but I do like tacos. Just no green salsa. Ok?
Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A. Is this a trick question? I mean it feels like one. If I say there’s nothing, then I sound pompous and arrogant. But, if I say something real, does that count against me? Is someone keeping score?
Q. How do you feel about your life being made into books?
A. I don’t understand. What books?
Q. The Silicon Valley Mystery series. They’re humorous murder mysteries. Surely, you’ve heard of them?
A. No, sorry. Lately, I’ve been too busy to read. There has been this guy who seems to be watching me all the time and writing down whatever I’m saying. It’s not like I’m paranoid or anything. But, it’s as if he’s inside my head and knows what I’m thinking. He follows me around everywhere. Is it paranoid if it’s the truth?
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