Meet Sheriff Jack Garrett (Character Interview by Jacquie Biggar)
Meet Sherriff Jack Garrett
Character Interview by Jacquie Biggar
November 17, 2015
Please tell us your name and a little about your background.
My name is Jack Garrett, I’m 38, and the sheriff of my hometown, Tidal Falls, Washington.
What is your greatest fear?
That’s kinda personal. (He leans back and crosses his arms over his chest, scowling) Okay, I guess my biggest fear would be letting those I care about down, you know? (Tips his cowboy hat back and leans forward) They count on me to make things right, I can’t let ‘em down.
Is there someone special in your life?
(Leans to one side, reaches into his back pocket and draws out a wallet. A string of pictures drop down, from a baby all the way to a pretty, teenage girl.) This is my daughter, Tina. She’s amazing, smart as a whip, musical, funny, beautiful. (Pauses). She’s everything to me.
(Gathers everything back and replaces his wallet. Clears his throat.) Then there’s my parents, along with aunt’s uncles, and cousin’s all living in Tidal Falls. My sisters are Ashley (a lawyer) and Bernadette (we call her Bear) (a Phycologist). I also have a younger brother, Ty. The two of us never got along but that’s changed in the past year or so, ever since his old girlfriend, Katy, came home. (winks)
(Rubs a hand along his jaw which has a five-o’clock shadow even though it’s barely two) I’ve kinda got my eye on someone too. She’s the new receptionist in the office, Laurel Thomas. (cheeks redden slightly) It might be serious.
What obstacles stand in the way of your happiness?
She’s holding something back from me and I can’t quite figure it out. She’s changed ever since her uncle came to visit. She’s real jumpy and secretive. I want her trust, but…
Do you believe in love at first sight?
(shuffles feet, then meets my gaze head on) I do now. Seeing Laurel for the first time was like getting hit over the head with a sledgehammer, but in a good way, you know?
If you could travel back in time to change one thing in your past, what would it be?
(Taps fingers on edge of desk) My first instinct was to say hooking up with my girlfriend in high school, but that wouldn’t be true. If I hadn’t married young I wouldn’t have Tina, I can’t be sorry for that.
I was born and raised in a small town in west-central Alberta, Canada. We were only an hour and a half drive from Jasper in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I use this backdrop for my fictional town of Tidal Falls, and like the café Grace and Grits featured in the books, I owned and operated a restaurant on Main Street for thirteen happy years.
When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen.
Laurel Thomas has always experienced life from the outside looking in. She likes the warm welcome she’s received in Tidal Falls and wants to make a home in this friendly little town, far away from her egocentric family. But then her uncle arrives and she learns the past has a way of catching up to her.
Jack Garrett is satisfied with his uncomplicated life. He has a good job as the sheriff of his hometown, a nice home, and a beautiful teenage daughter. So why is he struggling against his attraction for the disorganized new hire at the department, Laurel Thomas? She threatens everything he’s worked so hard to avoid—like falling in love.
Can two people with enough emotional baggage to sink a ship find a way to give each other a chance, or is this match doomed to drown?
“Are you just going to watch us, Daddy, or are you going to help?” Tina stood grinning quizzically at him, her hands on her narrow jean clad hips.
Jack’s mouth quirked. No one did attitude like his girl. “I was waiting on you two hens to quit clucking so we could get down to work,” he teased.
“Sure, you were. Did you know daydreaming is an early sign of the onset of dementia?” She threw him a string of lights and he grimaced at the knotted mess.
“I thought I taught you to respect your elders?” he said, and grinned at Laurel’s sputtered laughter. “See, Miss Thomas agrees.”
She shook her head and the hat slid south. A quick catch righted its position. She handed the glass ornaments over to Tina and picked up a second one from the supplies. “Leave me out of this, you two. I’m just an impartial observer.”
She turned and carefully hung a shiny red bell on one of the nearby branches, giving it a little flick with her fingertip that resounded through his core. A snow globe of a festive village followed, then she lifted a blue velvet Santa from the box and stood for a moment contemplating the best location. Jack was about to suggest a bare spot on a lower branch when she stretched up on a death defying pair of candy apple red heels and damn near stopped his breath. Her modest, knee-length skirt slid inch-by-tantalizing-inch up her thighs, revealing shapely legs and a taut heart-shaped derriere. Her furry white sweater lifted to play peek-a-boo with a cherry blossom branch tattooed onto the small of her back. Jack’s fingers itched to touch the engraved symbol of feminine strength. His mouth watered with the urge to nuzzle her neck below her raised chin. To turn her into his arms and pick up where they’d left off. To…
“Dad, you’re making it worse.”
Tina’s voice jarred him awake. What was he doing fantasizing with his daughter right there in the room? And over someone who probably wouldn’t even stick around until spring either. He glanced down and saw the jangled mess he’d made of the lights and swore under his breath.