How would you react?
Recently, I've had a few folks ask, "If Jules works for the FBI, why wasn't she more wise to what was going on?"
That's actually a pretty easy question to answer. My character, Jules Cannon, was never trained as an agent. And even if she had been, most federal agents aren't like their counterparts on TV. She is smart and resourceful, but at the end of the day, she's no different from anyone else who finds themselves in the midst of a murder plot!
Let me put things in perspective:
I have spent the better part of the last ten years working with victims of violent crime: human-trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, attempted homicide, hostage situations, armed robbery, child abduction, (you name it, I've worked it) as a civilian employee in both federal and local law enforcement. And while I don't work for a law enforcement agency anymore, I'm still teaching criminal justice courses to eager college students interested in the field.
Yet, I have no idea how I would react if something were to happen to me. Hell, I wouldn't know the first thing about solving a crime (in real life, of course), despite working alongside some of the finest officers I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
The fact is, no one knows how crime will affect them. It's easy to say we'd know what to do, but we don't actually know until it actually happens. And this is true of any person, trained officer or not.
I'd like to think I would be brave. I'd like to think I'd be wise. I'd like to think I could protect myself.
But to be honest, I hope I don't ever have to find out.