Interview with Josephine “JJ” Jones, the heroine, of The Firefighter’s Match by Allie Pleiter a November 2013 release from Love Inspired Romance.
1. JJ, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I’ve finished an Army tour of duty in the middle east, and seen things that will change me forever. It hasn’t been easy coming back, but I’m hoping some time away in Gordon Falls will help me settle in again.
2. What do you do for fun?
It’s been way too long since I’ve had much fun. Right now my favorite thing is to sit on the river dock behind the cabin I’m staying in. The peace and quiet are nice. Another week or so of peace and I think I’ll be up to some fun. Of course, the guys at the firehouse are all too ready to have some fun--at my expense. They’ve never had a female fire fighter before, and they don’t seem to know how to act around me.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Getting connected to people again. It’s funny--you’re hardly ever physically alone in the army, but you can wall yourself off from people easily. I need to make some new friends, only I can’t seem to remember how to do that.
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
I’ve had all the fear I can handle already. I’m here because I’m trying not to be afraid. I want to stop looking over my shoulder and wondering what people want from me.
5. What do you want out of life?
I want to be part of a community. Both the firehouse and all of Gordon Falls seems like the place to find those connections. I could be settling in well, I think, if it weren’t for my brother Max’s accident.
6. What is the most important thing to you?
Right now, it’s getting Max through the worst of his injuries. He’s a mess, and taking his frustrations out on everyone around him. He’s fighting his own hard battle right now, and I want to be there for him and protect my little brother.
7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I haven’t read a book in ages. I think the last books I picked up were army training manuals. I should probably change that and go get a Gordon Falls library card.
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would get my trust in people back. I was starting to trust Alex Cushman before things fell apart with Max, and now look what happened! It feels like I can’t trust anyone these days, and that’s no way to live.
9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
There’s a turtle who keeps popping his head up by my river dock, but I don’t think he counts. I’d like to have a dog someday. They’re loyal and love you no matter what.
10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Honestly, I’d go back in time to before I went to war. I’d undo lots of what I have done, and I’d like to loose some of the memories I have now. I’ve got too many scars to really be happy right now, and I’d give anything to change that.