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Interview with John J. Cannon
Today I am pleased to welcome John J. Cannon to Fiction Favorites. For those of you who are unfamiliar with John let me give you a brief introduction.
John is a litigation attorney who lives in San Francisco. He has taken a leave of absence from the law firm to pursue his dream of becoming a charter boat captain. John currently resides in Port Aransas and is the protagonist in the thriller titled My GRL.
FF: Welcome John to Fiction Favorites
John: Thank you. It is so nice to be here. I’m pleased to be with you.
FF: Let’s dive right into the questions. I know you want to become a charter boat captain but I have to ask why you would give up a successful career in law?
John: I have been practicing for twelve years without a vacation. Honestly, I need a change of pace. In addition, I’m not giving up the law I’m just taking a leave of absence.
FF: Okay glad you cleared that up. We understand your boss is not very happy with you asking for a leave of absence.
John: Yeah, he has expressed a little disappointment but the fact remains it is corporate policy and I have qualified for the leave. I think he is worried about the revenue I won’t be brining into the firm.
FF: So he granted you the time off?
John: To be clear he granted me six months off. I asked for a year.
FF: My goodness sounds like trouble back at the ranch.
John: No. There’s no trouble. I simply have to request another six months when the time is done.
FF: What if he says no?
John: He won’t.
FF: I understand you bought a boat.
John: I sure did it’s a beauty. It is a sixty-five foot Hatteras Sport Fisherman. I named her My GRL.
FF: That must be some boat to navigate.
John: I took some lessons in how to handle her. She’s like an old friend.
FF: How soon will it be before you become a licensed captain?
John: I have about two months in and it takes a year so about ten more months.
FF: So you aren’t making any money yet?
John: Money is not the reason, but you’re correct.
FF: So tell us about the woman who sold you the boat.
John: Gerry’s her name. She was killed by some people who wanted to make a point.
FF: Yes Gerry. I remember you were found unconscious next to her body.
John: Yeah I was.
FF: Did the police think you did it?
John: I think they thought of me as a person of interest rather than a suspect. I had no gunshot residue on me or any other evidence that I was the perpetrator.
FF: Did they find out who did it?
John: There’s not a suspect. Gerry was killed by a professional who is still free so far. We do know who hired the hit, though.
FF: You say we like you were working with the police.
John: Well I did give a little advice and was eventually involved in the case.
FF: So who hired the hit?
John: I don’t have enough evidence to say publicly. I’ve a suspicion but would rather keep it to myself.
FF: You mentioned Gerry was killed to make a point. What was the point?
John: I think she was being punished for talking too much about certain people.
FF: Some that you don’t want to identify.
John: Yes, that’s correct. I wish I had the evidence but I don’t.
FF: Are you in any danger by talking to us in this interview?
John: I don’t see how. I haven’t said anything the police don’t know.
FF: Well that’s good.
John: I would like to say to those people who shot an innocent person, Gerry, that they’ll not get away with it and someday they’ll pay.
FF: Are you married?
John: No I’m not. As I said, I have been working a lot and no real-time for anything else. I suppose I could say my boat is my relationship right now. I guess that’s why I named her My GRL.
FF: You’ve been described as an ordinary guy caught up in unusual circumstances. How do you like that description?
John: Who says that?
John: On one hand I’m flattered since it appears they know my personality. On the contrary, I would like to be seen as a hero. At least one time. Of course, it’s not my choice I’m more of less predestined to be what ever I turn out to be.
FF: Once you get your captain’s license will you keep chartering or go back to the law firm.
John: I really think that is a hard question to answer. Do you know what I mean when I say fourth wall?
FF: Well yeah it’s a term used to describe the fine line between fiction and reality. It’s a term from the theatre. A stage has three walls and on the other side of the fourth is where the audience is.
John: So when I say break the fourth wall you know it is a blurring of fiction and reality.
FF: Yes that’s correct.
John: Okay to answer your question about whether I’ll go back to the law firm you will have to ask the guy who authored My GRL if he has a story line that includes returning to the law firm. You could also ask if I’m going to find love and happiness. I would like to know myself.
FF: I do know him so next time we chat I’ll ask.
John: I appreciate that. I’m not sure he will take suggestions for his precious plot. In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye on those responsible for Gerry’s murder.
FF: John this was an interesting interview if somewhat different. We’re so glad you could spend time with us. Please come again.
John: Yes, it was a pleasure for me as well. Who’s the us you’re talking about?
FF: All of us here at Fiction Favorites including our boss John W. Howell.