Kelly Miller – Author of Dead Like Me
Interviews the protagonist,
Homicide Detective Kate Springer
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to fight for the little guy, for those who didn’t have a voice. Combine that with my strong sense of right and wrong and I guess it was inevitable I ended up in law enforcement. When I transferred to Tampa, I worked my ass off to make detective. Now that I’m in the homicide department, every day I’m battling for those who’ve had their voices prematurely silenced.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I’m a sucker for COPS. When I’m flipping through the channels and I hear that theme song, “Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you,” I swear my pulse begins to race. It’s nothing like those ridiculous crime dramas where the detectives catch the criminal in under an hour. You wouldn’t believe the impact that show CSI has had on juries hearing my cases. They think if there’s no DNA evidence the perp’s innocent.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to take out my aggression on the gun range. If that doesn’t give me the release I’m looking for, I’ll head over to the gym and hit the punching bag. If that doesn’t do it, I’ll get into the ring and spar. Last resort—I’ll pick up a guy and take out all my aggression on him.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I’m more the type to hold a grudge. The better question would be “Who owes me an apology?”
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I’m definitely a night person. I can work a crime scene all night long but get me up before the rays peek through my window shade and I’m a bear. At least until I’ve had my morning Coke. Coffee? Can’t stand the stuff. Although truth be told, I’ve never gotten over the rancid smell long enough to even try a sip.
What would we find under your bed?
Dust dogs. Normal people have dust bunnies under their beds. Not much of a housekeeper so mine are bigger and meaner.
What makes you happy?
Seems to me that’s such a fleeting emotion. Unattainable for any length of time. So many people pretend to be happy, pasting a smile on their faces just for nicety sake. The best I hope for on a daily basis is contentment.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a rough exterior but inside I’m a mushy ball of goo. I don’t let many people in to see that part of me, but if you’re one of the lucky few, I’ll fight to the death for you. I’m loyal above all else.
On edge after a two-week mandatory leave, Detective Kate Springer is blindsided when she discovers she shares a link with Tampa's newest murder victim-a troubled teen found strangled and dumped in a remote part of town. The bond between them threatens to expose Detective Springer's past-a past she's been hell bent on keeping secret. When the killer finally emerges from the shadows, Kate's secrets aren't the only thing on the line. So is her life.
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Kelly Miller lives in Tampa, Florida where her novel is set. She’s married, has three children, and a black Labrador. Kelly is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association. Her debut novel, Dead Like Me, won second place in the best mystery category of the 2011 FWA Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition.
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