Mark Terry

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mark Terry Talks To Derek Stillwater

February 15, 2007

I'm happy to have as my guest today, Dr. Derek Stillwater, PhD. Derek is a troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security and an expert on biological and chemical terrorism. Derek, welcome.

Derek: That's my boat.

Mark: Yes. Nice boat. Did you buy it new?

Derek: Used. Got a deal on it. It needed a lot of work, but I had the time. I was between jobs at the time.

Mark: Which jobs?

Derek: I left the army in '92, about a year after the first Gulf War ended. Then I rattled around the Middle East for a while, consulting for a few government agencies for a while until I joined UNSCOM, the United Nations inspection teams. When I was good and done with UNSCOM, I decided to settle down and get out of the terrorism and war business for a while. That's when I bought the boat.

Mark: Which government agencies?

Derek: I can't really talk about that in a public forum.

Mark: Does one of them have its headquarters in Langley, Virginia?

Derek: Don't make me kill you.

Mark: Do you have family?

Derek: I have an ex-wife. Two parents and a brother.

Mark: Maybe it's just me, but I think it's interesting that you mention the ex-wife first. A lot of people wouldn't consider an ex-wife family at all.

Derek: This couch isn't really all that comfortable, doctor. Don't psychoanalyze me.

Mark: Sorry. What did your parents do?

Derek: Seems to me we discuss this more in L.A.

Mark: Yes, in The Valley of Shadows. But let's give readers a hint.

Derek: They were missionary physicians.

Mark: So you grew up...

Derek: Everywhere.

Mark: You don't seem particularly religious to me.

Derek: I noticed there's no question mark at the end of that question. Was there a question there?

Mark: What about your brother?

Derek: He's not religious. Not exactly.

Mark: He's 'not exactly' religious?

Derek: I see the question mark this time, but I'm not sure there's a question there.

Mark: You can be kind of a pain in the ass.

Derek: Thank you. It's a gift.

Mark: What is your brother's religion?

Derek: Medicine.

Mark: And your religion is...?

Derek: (Sigh). You like open-ended questions, don't you?

Mark: Yes. People who aren't such pains in the ass tend to fill in the silence. You, on the other hand, prefer to give me a hard time.

Derek: I give everybody a hard time. It's part of my charm.

Mark: Your religion?

Derek: It has been observed that my religion is counterterrorism.

Mark: And why is that?

Derek: I think I can fall back on my 'your couch isn't all that comfortable, Doctor' response from above.

Mark: How's your love life?

Derek: I'm in the market. How's yours?

Mark: I've been married 20 years.

Derek: Never mind then.

Mark: So what's next, Derek?

Derek: For readers, it's my really bad day in Detroit titled THE SERPENT'S KISS, being released on July 1, 2007. Seems to me the galley is being shipped to potential blurbers as we speak. For you, you seem to have abandoned me in Los Angeles.

Mark: I've got some tweaking on your adventures in Colorado to do first. I got busy. Besides, I may have to backtrack a bit. I think I may have killed off an important character too soon.

Derek: You mean--

Mark: Ssshhhh. Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

Derek: Like I had a choice. Next time, let me sleep in, okay?

Mark: No promises.

Mark Terry


Blogger Shannon said...

LOL! Have we forgotten to take our meds this morning? Just kidding, good stuff, Mark. I like Derek--protective outer shell/soft vulnerable middle. He's the kind of guy I'd love to get on a get inside his head, of course. :-P Looking forward to his next catastrophe.

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Blogger Ron Estrada said...

Forgive him. It's the snow. Shannon should probably not pop in during a Stillwater interview. The guy hit on his helicopter pilot.

And you're bringing Derek to Detroit? Hasn't he suffered enough? Please, for the love of all that is holy, don't send him to a Lion's game! No one should have to endure that.

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Blogger Aimless Writer said...

Hahahahhaha, I loved that!
I still think I love you have his phone number?
Let me know when he's in jersey.
Great interview! lol

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