Friday, September 29, 2017

Interview: Donovan: Thief 4 Hire

Welcome to a very special interview today with Sean Donovan, main character 
from Chuck Bowie's series:
 Donovan: Thief 4 Hire

The Interview

As the new Communications and HR Director for Plenitude Winery, Beth McLean has asked Sean Donovan the winery owner (her new husband) to sit for an interview in order to sharpen her interviewing skills. As you can see, this ‘game’ of interviewing soon went off track.

Beth (Q):How long have you been a winemaker?
Sean (A): I’ve been a fan for years, but only at the bottle-to-glass part. I’ve become an owner—the soil to vine to bottle—this past year.

Q: What made you want to be a winemaker? Was your previous job not exciting enough?
A: (Grinning). Well, I was a contract thief. I bet you didn’t see that coming.

Q: (Feigning surprise). I knew you were a security consultant, but some of the ways you disarmed people and gathered up the valuables you sought made me suspect you had…hidden talents. Did you travel a lot, in your previous career?
A: Sure. Mostly North America and Europe. For many years I had an apartment in Montreal, but I seldom got to sleep there. There was always a contract, always a prize to chase on behalf of a client. Funny thing, though. I’d travel to all these cities of the world, but didn’t get to enjoy them, because it was always get in, do the job, and get out. This is not how you learn of the charms of Bucharest, or Nice, or…here.(Waves a hand to offer up the view of a vineyard.)

Q: It occurs to me you must have liked your job, to put that much effort into it. Was it the thrill of the chase, or the money?
A: I was raised poor, had no stability and had to leave home at sixteen. Cold and hunger will give you an appreciation for money. To be honest, though, I did derive satisfaction from using my skills and wits to separate people from their possessions. Especially the bad people.

Q: Bad people?
A: You’ll be surprised to know, Beth, that there are bad people in the world who have things they didn’t deserve to have. And if you enjoy watching Karma in action, you’ll get a kick over some very bad man losing everything he’s hurt people to get.

Q: And now?
A: Things are different, now. I’ve met someone, bought a business, and somehow feel as if I’ve got some measure of redemption. I don’t need or want to go back to that life.

Q: (Smiling). So you’ve retired, never to steal again?
A: (Deadly serious, his eyes unwavering). I’m almost there. But I recently came upon some information that leads me to believe my winery may be in danger. In cases like this, there are two options: fight or flight. I’ve grown fond of my winery, so…

Follow the exploits of Sean Donovan as he navigates the path from driven thief for hire to a man who’s found redemption. Book 4, the newest in the Donovan: Thief 4 Hire suspense-thriller series drops in 2018. It’s entitled The Body On The Underwater Road.


Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. He still lives in on the East Coast of Canada, an hour north or east of Maine. Growing up as an air force brat, his writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty one years. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work.

His writing will often draw upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plotlines. Chuck is involved in the world of music, supporting local musicians, occasionally playing with them and always celebrating their successes. Because he enjoys venting as much as the next fellow, Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay, some of which can be found on his website.

To see his complete series, please visit: CHUCK BOWIE

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