An Interview with Harlan From Harlan's Haven By Sandra Kerns

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Are you ready for a Colorado style treat? Well, have one for you, the hero from my latest release, Harlan’s Haven, Major Harlan Granger from Bluff’s Corner, Colorado. It was tough getting him to agree to an interview. He prefers to be the one asking questions, so I decided to let him tell us what he wanted. With that, let me turn the floor over to him.

Let me set the record straight before we continue. It’s Harlan or Granger. I’m not in the U.S. Army anymore and prefer you didn’t remind of that fact, so no Major. Also, I’m no hero. The men and women who died serving with me, they’re the heroes.

Now, you said you wanted some history.

I was born in Bluff’s Corner, a small, quiet, mountain town in Northern Colorado. I’m the oldest of four children and have two brothers and one sister. Both of my parents are alive and still live in the same house where I grew up. Larry, the brother after me, owns a bar and has an apartment upstairs from it. That’s where I’m staying while I’m in town. Larry is a homebody. Always has been. Gil and Priscilla are more like me. They want to see the world and don’t spend much time in Bluff’s Corner anymore. It’s not that there were any problems at home, just typical small town growing pains, I’d guess. Anyway, I’m home now, at least for a while.

The town took a big hit when the Big Thompson River flooded last year. A lot of places and families aren’t coming back. Our family home has some major damage. My parents are staying with my grandmother for now. I plan to get the house back in livable condition while I wait for the shrapnel in my back to decide my fate. It will give me time to figure out where I’m going to go when the worst happens.

One thing I can tell you is it won’t be here. I’m not watching my family pity me for the rest of my miserable life. They’re all used to me taking care of business, not being the one needing care.

Anyway, that doesn’t matter. What matters is figuring out what or rather who is causing my brother and Rilie, his pixie neighbor, trouble. With luck, not that I’m well acquainted with lady luck, I can take care of the problem before I have to leave. I know it won’t be easy with her in the mix. The woman’s determined to bring sunshine and smiles everywhere she goes. What if a man wants to be in the shadows? What if he likes being alone? Did she ever consider that? Doubtful, she’s as stubborn as the Colorado River is long. She has nice curves like the Colorado, too.

Yeah, I noticed, but that’s it. I’m not messing anyone else’s life up. I’ve done enough of that. From now on, I’m only messing up my own.