Character Interview with Fenway Stevenson of the Fenway Stevenson Mysteries
Wow, it’s our third Wednesday of character interviews. This is so cool. I’m really enjoying getting to know these characters, how about you? Well, carry on, this is another good one.
Name of book series?
Fenway Stevenson Mysteries
Name of a book where character resides.
The Reluctant Coroner
Character name and occupation?
Fenway Stevenson, Dominguez County Coroner
Where does character live?
Estancia, California, a fictional town on the coast that looks suspiciously like San Luis Obispo. Or Santa Barbara. Or maybe Pismo Beach.
If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be doing?
I’d be a nurse practitioner, probably working for a walk-in clinic in a poor neighborhood. I like helping people, especially if they’re not in any shape to help themselves. Although after spending a little time as the county coroner, I might rethink that!
What is your greatest extravagance?
My expensive education. I went to a state school for my bachelors, but a pricey private school for my graduate degree. I hope this crippling college debt is worth it.
What is your greatest fear?
To be in a situation where I have no control over my safety, especially if I’m overpowered physically.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Cluelessness. Or selfishness. It’s the douchebag jackpot if it’s both.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I weren’t as guarded with my friends.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating at the top of my class in my graduate forensics program.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mom’s paintings, especially the one of the ocean near the monarch butterfly waystation.
What event in your life shaped you into who you are today?
I had a literature professor that, um, behaved badly with me. I left the lit program and went into nursing after that—and changed all my priorities.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When my first boyfriend’s parents had a fit because their son brought home a black girl. Awkward.
Do you have any pets?
My dad didn’t want any, and my mom and I couldn’t afford it. Maybe someday.
Did you grow up rich or poor? Elaborate.
I grew up rich until I was eight. Then my mom left my dad and took me with her, and I grew up poor.
Did you end up in the career you wanted when you were a kid?
No, I thought I was going to be a literature professor.