Interview with Detective Doug Milligan, Rocky Bluff P.D. from No Sanctuary
Doug: Yes, that was my boyhood dream. I was a police cadet, then an auxiliary police officer and then finally went to the Police Academy in Ventura County. I started taking classes in Law Enforcement at Ventura College and that’s where I met my former wife, Kerrie. When Rocky Bluff had an opening on the department, I applied and got it.
Q. You say former wife. If I’m not being too personal, what happened?
Doug: Kerrie was never happy with the fact that I was a police officer. Even though we had two kids, a boy and a girl, she said that my job was too dangerous and she kept after me to quit. When my best friend was killed in the line of duty, that was the end of our marriage. Kerrie remarried, moved to San Diego with her new husband and took our kids with her. She left me the house.
Q. I’m sorry to hear that. Obviously you didn’t quit since you’re now a detective. Anything you’d like to say about that transition?
Doug: I was mentored by a great detective. He retired and I’m now working with his old partner.
Q. Another personal question, you’ve been divorced for awhile now, any romance in the horizon?
Doug: As a matter of fact, I’m dating Officer Stacey Wilbur. She’s worked with me on several cases and at first she impressed me with her intelligence. Wasn’t too long before I noticed her other attributes, if you know what I mean. She’s a great gal. The only problem we have is finding time to be alone together. It doesn’t help that I’m renting a room to a fellow police officer who seems to have a talent for always showing up at the wrong time.
Q. Do you have time for any hobbies?
Doug: My house is an old Victorian—not too big, but I’m the one who did all the refurbishing of it. There are a few other ideas I have for fixing it up. My car is a vintage MG and I love tinkering with it and keeping it in good running order.
Q. Are you working on any interesting cases right now?
Doug: As a matter of fact I am. A popular minister’s wife was found dead in what looked like a car accident—but she was shot to death. We have lots of suspects: of course the husband is always the first to come under suspicion—but there are some others we’re investigating too.
Q. Is Officer Wilbur helping you with this case?
Doug: She was the first one on the scene and felt that it was more than an accident. She’s always valuable in any investigation. Of course, I’m quite happy to spend time with her for any reason.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
Doug: My life is good. I love living in Rocky Bluff and my job. Things have really been looking up ever since I met Stacey.
Q. Sounds like you have a lot to look forward to in your future.
Doug: If you want to find out how we solved the case of the murdered preacher’s wife and how Stacey’s and my romance progresses, be sure to read No Sanctuary, by F.M. Meredith (a.k.a. Marilyn Meredith) available from the publisher at http://www.oaktreebooks.com, Amazon or an autographed copy from the author’s website http://fictionforyou.com