Monday, January 2, 2012

The Only Witness by Pam Beason - Character Interview

A novel of mystery and suspense from Daphne Award Winning Author Pamela Beason


Seventeen-year-old Brittany Morgan dashed into the store for just a minute, leaving her sleeping baby in the car. Now Ivy’s gone and half the town believes Brittany murdered her daughter.

Detective Matthew Finn, a big-city fish out of water in small-town Evansburg, Washington, struggles with his wife’s betrayal as he investigates Ivy Morgan's disappearance. The clock is ticking and he can't find any witnesses.

Imaginative, manipulative, and volatile, with the intelligence of a five-year-old child, Neema cannot speak, but she knows enough sign language to invent jokes and insults. She can also hurl a grown man across the room. Neema is a gorilla.

After a psycho murdered one of her “talking” gorillas in Seattle, Dr. Grace McKenna relocated to the Evansburg area. Now with the economy on the rocks and her funding cut, her beloved gorillas Neema and Gumu are in jeopardy. When Neema repeats a story of a crying baby, a cucumber car, and a snake, Grace realizes her gorilla is the only witness to whatever happened to baby Ivy.

Does Grace dare go public with Neema’s sketchy clues? Can she afford not to?


Hi, Pamela Beason here. I'm the author of multiple books and a private investigator, and while I'm pretty brave outdoors as a hiker, snowshoer, kayaker, and scuba diver, at heart I am the classic introverted writer. So, rather than answer a bunch of questions about me, I'm going to zip over to small-town Evansburg, Washington and interview the main character from my mystery, THE ONLY WITNESS. Here he comes—Detective Matthew Finn.

Author - Hi, Detective Finn, how are things going with you today?

Detective Finn – Are you a reporter?

Author - Well, no, not exactly. Are you having problems with reporters?

Detective Finn - Do you have any idea how hard it is to work a case when someone sticks a microphone in your face every ten minutes? I'm really sick of all these student reporters from the college following me around everywhere like I'm going to be the next big story.

Author - I'm not a reporter, and I'm definitely not a student. But I know that you have delivered some pretty big stories, and I do want to find out what you've been up to. Have you adjusted to being single again now?

Detective Finn - Yeesh, what is it with this town? Does everyone know that my wife ran off with another man?

Author – Well, yeah, pretty much. What else is there to talk about in Evansburg? I hear you've had some interesting cases lately, too.

Detective Finn - In this town, I get everything from pig rustling to armed robbery. It's not like being a detective in Chicago, where I worked exclusively in Homicide.

Author - Pig rustling? So you've worked on more than one case involving animals?

Detective Finn - You want to talk about the gorilla thing, don't you?

Author - Of course! It's pretty incredible to discover there are gorillas living around Evansburg. And that they solve crimes!

Detective Finn – Hey, I wrapped up the case. The gorilla just provided some clues.

Author - So you can talk to gorillas?

Detective Finn - Not exactly. I talk to Dr. Grace McKenna, and she signs to the gorilla. And the gorilla signs back.

Author - A gorilla can sign? You mean like a deaf person?

Detective Finn - Yes, Neema uses American Sign Language, or actually, it's sort of gorilla sign language, because gorilla hands aren't quite the same as ours. Animals are a lot smarter than you think. It's actually pretty scary. I'm always waiting for my cat or dog to say something now.

Author - Really? You believe that cats and dogs can talk?

Detective Finn - Get a grip; that was a joke! Please tell me that's not going to make the local news. This is exactly how all these crazy rumors get started! You reporters are all alike.

Author - I'm not a reporter. But I do want to hear all about the missing baby and how the gorilla figured into the case. People really thought that Brittany Morgan murdered her own baby?

Detective Finn – Why wouldn't they? She's only seventeen. Check the newspapers; infanticide is not uncommon, unfortunately, especially with teenage parents. But I'm not going to explain everything that happened—the court case is still pending. Besides, I'm a private person.

Author - Is that possible in Evansburg? Everyone knows everything. For instance, I hear you've got the hots for Grace McKenna, the gorilla scientist.

Detective Finn - Crap! Can't a man have any secrets? Okay, okay, I get your point. But I'm still not going to talk about it. If you want to read about what happened to Brittany's baby and how Neema the gorilla got into the mix, there's a whole book about the case: THE ONLY WITNESS by Pamela Beason. The author got the story more or less right, although she portrayed me as sort of a dufus at times; I'd really like to talk to her about that. What did you say your name was? You look really familiar. Have I ever arrested you?

Author – Gosh, would you look at the time? Thanks so much for talking to me. Gotta go!

(P.S. to readers—You can find me at and you can find THE ONLY WITNESS in ebook form wherever ebooks are sold, and in print form on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)


Enter to win a Smashwords coupon for a Free download of The Only Witness. Giveaway closes January 21st 11:59 PM Central Time.  ONE winner will randomly selected using Get bonus entries by following Pam on Twitter and/or commenting on this post below.


Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she's not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving.

Beason is the author of four full-length fiction works; The Only Witness, Shaken, Call of the Jaguar, and Endangered, as well as the non-fiction title, SAVE Your Money, Your Sanity, and Our Planet.

Pamela's writing tackles difficult themes while maintaining a satisfying and enjoyable story, and has earned her multiple prizes, including the Daphne du Maurier Award.

As an avid outdoorswoman and animal lover, Beason challenges the human assumption that we are the superior species. Engaging and touching, each of Beason's titles takes readers on an adventure while reminding us that drifting through life is not enough; you have to live it.

Pamela blogs and tweets about writing, outdoor adventures, and the value of being present in the moment. She looks forward to connecting with readers on her Twitter, Goodreads Page or Blog.

Visit Pam's blog - see some amazing underwater photos and so much more!



Debby said...

I love character interviews. He sounds like a wonderful hero. I am adding this book to my list.
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Sandy said...

The Only Witness sounds like a great read! I'd love the chance to win an e-copy. Thanks for introducing this author to me.

Darlene said...

I love character interviews!! They are always so much fun!

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com said...

Great give away would love to win so i can red it

Maryea said...

This book sounds very interesting! I love to read! I follow you on Twitter as maryea2. Thank you for this opportunity!

Maegan Morin said...

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Katrina said...

Most interesting premise for a book I've seen in a while. Would go great with my current Rise of the Planet of the Apes addiction. :)

I.S. said...

Thanks for this chance :)

bn100 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds interesting.