Guest Post: Interview by Sergeant Joe Friday

L. Marie here. A strange man calling himself Sergeant Joe Friday strong-armed me invited me to share this interrogation interview with the awesome John Howell. Enjoy!

I’m Sergeant Joe Friday. My partner is Frank Smith and I’m a cop. I was working the day watch in and around the county of Los Angeles. It came to my attention that one John W. Howell had finally left the safe confines of Texas and was due to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon. Since Mr. Howell has long been on our list of persons of interest, we decided we needed to intercept him at the airport.

There we were standing around waiting for the arrival of the plane from Austin. My partner had gone to the snack bar for a coffee while I busied myself with the paper. Just as I was about to get to the score of last night’s double header, I spotted him. I signaled to Frank and we proceeded to catch him before he got outside.

“Excuse me, sir.”

“Yes? Can I help you?”

“My name is Friday. Sergeant Friday. This is my partner Mr. Smith. We would like to have a word if you don’t mind?”

“Uh. I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage. What’s this all about?”

“We just have a few questions. We can step into the security lounge for a little privacy.”

“Is there a problem?”

“No problem sir unless you decide to make one. Now how about it?”

“I guess it will be alright. My rental car can wait.”

“Thank you, sir. Follow us.”

We went into the security lounge and sat at a big table. I asked Mr. Howell if he would like a coffee or water. He told me he was fine. Although we startled him at first, he did not seem nervous. I didn’t know what to make of that so I asked my first question.

“So, what brings you to LA, Mr. Howell?”

“I’m attending a book conference.”

“Book conference huh? What goes on there?”

“It is a gathering of authors. We set up a table and talk to readers.”

“Talk to readers? Is that all?”

“Yes. We also hope they buy a book, but usually just talk.”

“What is this talk about?”

“Well, you know—”

“No, I don’t know Mr. Howell. You tell me.”

“Um. Well, I describe my book and the reader asks questions.”

“I see. You want to comment on what those are saying about you.”

“Who is saying what?”

“They say you write thrillers.”

“I confess. I do.”

“Confess? Frank, take this down. So, you freely admit you write thrillers?”

“Yes, sir, I do.”

“I’m afraid I’m going to have to book you on a 416.”

“416? What’s that?”

“Unauthorized thrilling of readers.”

“Come on. They are the ones buying the books.”

“Maybe you are running some kind of mental persuasion scheme.”

“I hardly think so.”

“Well, before we take you downtown is there anything else you want to confess?”

“My last book was number one on Amazon.”

“Is that like a list of most wanted criminals?”

“Maybe most wanted books would be more accurate.”

“Describe the book for me.”

“Ahem. Well the title is The Contract.”

“Like in kill for hire?”

“No, no. The earth is under the threat of a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.”

“So, you are telling me your book is about heaven?”

“Well it is about how Heaven uses the Earth as a training ground.”

“So, you are saying there are aliens on Earth.”

“No. Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission.

“So where do you come in?”

“I am one of the authors.”

“Uh huh. And the other?”

“Gwen Plano. Author of Letting Go into Perfect Love.


“So, a partner in crime huh.”

“No, a collaborator.”

“How did that go for you?”

“It was a rewarding experience.

“Frank, put out an APB on Plano. . . . Anything else you want to say?”

“How about where readers can find me?”

“Other than in the big house you mean?”


“Okay here’s what we have on you.”

Fiction Favorites Blog
John Howell Facebook
John Howell Twitter
Authors db
Amazon Author’s page
Gwen’s blog

“Man, that is a lot of stuff.”

“How about a few photos?”




“Here is your rap sheet. I think you are in big trouble.”

John W, Howell began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. Circumstances of Childhood in October 1st. 2017. The latest, The Contract between heaven and earth, his fifth book, is written in collaboration with award-winning author Gwen Plano and was launched in June of 2018. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

Okay, I’m back. I’m giving away a copy of The Contract between heaven and earth to a commenter. You know what to do. Winner to be announced some time next week!

Author photos and covers courtesy of John Howell.

92 thoughts on “Guest Post: Interview by Sergeant Joe Friday

  1. Sounds great and how nice to “meet” John over here – took me back to the Punchy days! Such a shame he’s off for a spell in the Big House – I hope his sentence will only be a short chapter in the book of his life… 😉

  2. It’s so great to see two of my favorite bloggers on your site, L. Marie. Fantastic interview! Don’t enter me in the drawing, I’ve already read The Contract. I loved it and Gwen’s memoir, too!

  3. What a clever, clever way to highlight an author(s) and share the love. This line especially caught my eye: “My last book was number one on Amazon.” Congrats to John and Gwen, both of whom I see regularly in the book blogosphere!

    Thanks, L. Marie!

  4. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Today I am with L. Marie today being interviewed by Sergeant Joe Friday. L. Marie has a lovely site which you should visit often. She is also giving away a copy of The Contract for which I thank her. Thank you so much, L. Marie

  5. This was so entertaining! Good job, L. Marie and John 🙂 (Don’t enter me in the drawing, please. I’ve already been a recipient of your generosity a few times, L. Marie 😉 )

  6. I loved this post! As I read, it played out in my mind in black and white. Joe Friday is one of my all-time favorite TV characters. John Howell is one of my favorite authors. Great post!

  7. That was such a creative and fun interview. I loved it!!

    I loved the book, too. I hope you get booked on more 416s, John!

  8. I love the idea of a 416. Made me laugh out loud with that one. Joe Friday is a character I haven’t thought of in decades. Didn’t he usually say something like “just the facts, ma’am”?

  9. What a fun and clever way to showcase an author and his/her books! I absolutely LOVED “The Contract: Between Heaven and Earth” and chose it as my #1 read for 2018!

  10. I loved this interview. I could hear Joe Fridays voice asking these questions. I have read and loved The Contract and all of Johns books!

  11. This is perhaps the best interview I have read. Your take on Dragnet was perfect, right on with John’s terrific sense of humor. And the reader now knows a great deal more about the book. Thank you!

  12. What a fun review of what looks to be a fun book! Excellent, L. Marie – the facts, and just the facts. 🙂 Best wishes to the authors.
    (Please exclude me from the giveaway as I was just a recipient.)

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