Saturday, January 5, 2013

We chat with Alan Baumann from 'Not a Whisper'

Today is the another in a series of interviews with some of the main characters featured in The Klondike Mystery series. The first book is "Not a Whisper" which is due out at Amazon and Smashwords soon.

Welcome Mr. Baumann. Thank you for stopping by for a chat.

Good morning,. I wanted to let you know that I don't get up this early for just anyone. And please, just call me Alan.

Why is that? I thought firefighters were used to working all hours?

They are and I did, but then I retired. [chuckle]

Ah, that explains it. So you were a firefighter with Bradford Fire Department?

That was my last assignment. Over the years I've worked for many different departments. I retired as Chief of the Bradford FD last winter. Then Trooper Maddox got me involved in this interesting case and I came back as a consultant. Sure has kept me hopping lately.

A little birdy told me you planned to take a dream vacation soon?

True, I've already booked it. Going fly fishing in Montana, up around Glacier National Park. Leave the first week in August and don't come back till the end of the month.

That's some trip. I take it fishing is your hobby?

That and eating. Oh, and admiring pretty women. Pretty much sums up my favorite things. [chuckle]

How long have you lived in Bradford, PA?

Hmm, let me think, must be almost twenty years now. Long enough to know there isn't a better place to live.

Oh? Why is that?

Just look around you, such a great area. Lots of wildlife, four pretty seasons, hunting, fishing, hiking and the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I've made lifetime friendships since I moved here. Close enough to Buffalo, NY for anything major if you can't find it locally. Course the Internet has changed that. Easy to order stuff online and get it shipped. This is the life!

Sounds like you're sold on the area. Seems like there's been a bit of a crime wave lately. Is that normal?

Let's just say that there is crime everywhere. Sometimes you're insulated from it. Me? I like to get immersed in it. Love chasing the bad guys and seeing them get what they deserve.

Any last thoughts for our readers?

Read the book. [chuckle] Say, you gonna eat that donut?

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