Character Interview – Lacey James – Suspense/Thriller


Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Lacey James and I come from a small town in Oregon that most of you have never heard of. It’s called Sweet Home. It’s located at the southeast tip of one of the most fertile spots in the state, the Willamette Valley, which is famous for its hazelnut crops not to mention wine. I’m and mom and a cop, which is challenging to say the least.

Is your life now as you envisioned it? If not – then why?

Throughout my childhood in Sweet Home, I dreamed about being somewhere else—anywhere else. When my husband was first deployed to Fort Hood, Texas, I followed. My daughter, Harper was just little, and Flynn wasn’t born yet, and I couldn’t stand the thought of being away from Caleb, but life on the base was hard, and with Caleb working much of the time, I felt cut off from my family. Isolated. And I missed feeling as if what I did made a difference. I spent a year living in limbo. After Flynn was born, I made the gut-wrenching decision to move back to Sweet Home, knowing that at least there, I would have the support of my family. I went back to work at the Sweet Home police department, and while that was hard on my marriage (long distance relationships are tough in any circumstance), the satisfaction and stability I gained from my job made me feel more like myself than I had in years. I know people will judge me for moving my kids away from their father, but I believed it was the right move for us. Even after everything that’s happened, I still do.

Would you die for those you love?

Absolutely. No question. As a cop, I make life and death decisions every day and have had to face down armed suspects who have threatened not just my safety, but the safety of those I love. I have never hesitated to put myself in harm’s way when the safety of others is at risk.

How do you think others see you?

Driven. Committed. Tenacious. Caring.

Who is your greatest friend?

Oh, this one’s easy. It’s my cousin and best friend, Amber. Amber and I are the same age and grew up together in Sweet Home. She’s always been there for me, and since moving back to Sweet Home, she’s become like a second mother for my kids. I love her like she was my sister. Can’t imagine what my life would be like without her.

How do you define ‘heroism?’

This one’s tougher, but I’d say that heroism is standing up for what you know is right. Protecting others. In some cases that means putting the safety and care of others before yourself.

Tell us about your family?

I have two amazing kiddos. Harper, my daughter is the oldest. At eight years of age, she’s smart, a little bossy (I wonder where she gets that from) and is the family reporter. If anything goes on in the family, I can count on Harper to tell me the news. Flynn is two years younger than his sister and loves everything to do with the outdoors. He’s curious and fearless and is a dead ringer for his father. I already told you about Amber, who is my rock. Then there’s Caleb. We’ve been together for the past ten years, and though things have sometimes been rocky, until now, I never doubted that we belonged together. But sometimes partners drift apart. Time will tell if the bond we share through our love and our children, will bring us back together again.

What is your greatest skill/asset?

I never quit. I believe that there is always a solution if you work hard enough to find it.

What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell)?

I worry that I’m not enough, that I can’t be a cop and the kind of mother I want to be. I’ve also been told that I’m a little hard-headed and may not always ask for help when I should.

What is your greatest fear?

Balancing my job as a cop with being a mom has never been easy. I worry that with all the hours I spend working to keep the citizens of Sweet Home safe, that I’m short-changing my kids. That said, my biggest fear is that I somehow put my kids in jeopardy because of my job.

What do you think of your author/creator?

LOL.  Chris is alright. Sometimes it’s a pain to have her delve as much into my head, into my emotions as she does, but it helps others see me as a fully formed human with incredible strengths, but weaknesses as well. She likes the action of a police procedural, which has put me and my colleagues in serious jeopardy more times than I care to count! I like that she spends time introducing her readers to the Pacific Northwest. It’s such a gorgeous place, and she’s quick to see the funny side of smalltown life.

For the author:

Books in which this character appears:

The Lacey James Series includes:

Book 1: Find Her:

Book 2: Save Her:

Book 3: Tell Her:

Book 4: Hide Her;


Chris Patchell is an award-winning USA Today Bestselling Author who started writing to curb the homicidal tendencies she experienced during her daily Seattle commute. She writes gripping suspense thrillers with romantic elements set in the Pacific Northwest and believes good fiction combines a magical mix of complex characters, compelling plots, and well-crafted stories.

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