Written by Melissa Barker-Simpson.
In Sins of the Father, Introducing Morgan and Fairchild, I created a security team and allowed readers to see into their world. Although Jonathan Jukes (JJ) played a part, he didn’t get head billing. My second novel in the series Hands of Evil is from JJ’s point of view. For this reason, as I’m currently editing the novel for publication, I chose him for the interview.
To offer a little background and context, JJ is a former Royal Marine Sniper, and currently a Close Protection Officer with Morgan and Fairchild. He has seven team mates, a few of which he mentions in the interview; most have a military background.
Under the spotlight – Jonathan Jukes
If you were a tree, or animal, what kind would you be?
I’ll stick to man – there’s no other animal better at hunting.
If you were a Star Trek (or Star Wars) character, which one would it be?
Probably Chekov. That’s the only one who springs to mind.
What is your favourite colour?
Green. I’ve always loved nature and using the environment to my advantage. There was this tree in my back garden growing up. I’d climb it and spend hours up on the topmost branches; dreaming and scheming as my sister used to say.
You are invited to a large cocktail party at a country club. When you arrive, the room where the party is being held is already over half full of people. How do they react to you when you enter the room?
You’d have to be looking at them wouldn’t you? It depends if I wanted to be seen; chances are they wouldn’t notice.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Good question. Probably bare essentials. I don’t eat much at home. I’m more likely to bum a meal off one of my team. Tommy’s an excellent cook. His answer would be a lot more colourful than mine.
What is the last book your read?
Something by Chris Carter. I read anything and it was just lying around so I gave it a go.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
Peter Parker all the way! I would never get an opportunity to use any of his one-liners in my life and how cool would that be?
What was the last movie you went to see?
He Who Laughs Last by Alicia Gladstone. If I didn’t say that, she’d kill me. Seriously though – the girl knows how to make a movie.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your Superpowers to be?
I’ve mentioned Spidey. Actually, it’s the team’s affectionate nickname for me. Mainly because of my intuition.
If you were a car, what kind would you be?
A classic. I’m not sure which one. It’s all about the perseverance.
What kind of people do you dislike?
People who bully and manipulate others. The kind who, deep down, are just cowards.
What makes you angry?
I kind of answered that question too. Unnecessary suffering makes me madder than a bug in hell, and don’t ask me where the expression came from. It’s one of Ellen’s favourites.
How many close friends do you have?
I’d say eleven close friends; people who I class as family. But there are others I work with who are as near as damn it.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m a day person; morning or night. It doesn’t make a difference.
Autobots or Decepticons?
That’s a no brainer, though Decepticons do get the coolest toys!
What was your favourite childhood television programme?
The Incredible Hulk. My sister used to hide behind the sofa whenever I had it on!
What is usually your first thought when you wake up?
A few months ago it was tied to the principle or whatever assignment I had at the time. Now those thoughts take a little longer to surface. I got lucky.
What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
A new day of possibilities as soon as I open my eyes.
Do you believe in extra-terrestrials or life on other planets?
Sure. Why should we be the only ones having any fun?
Do you believe in ghosts?
It depends what kind of ghosts we’re talking about. I have plenty of them, though they haunt me less and less.
Name one regret.
Not being able to save my sister, Julie. She’s the only person that’s ever been able to hide anything from me.
Name one thing you miss about being a kid?
I miss Julie. She took care of me and made sure I had what I needed to thrive.
Name one thing you love about being an adult?
Taking responsibility for those I care about.
What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
I like to watch old movies. So if I have a day off, and the others do too, we usually get together. I irritate the hell out of them by quoting the lines.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I speak quite a few languages; I seem to have an ear for them.
Name one thing not many people know about you.
I have a number of swimming medals from High School. I once wanted to be on the Olympic team.
If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?
Peter would be too obvious, right? Maybe Joe, but that’s a private joke so not much use to you.
Do you believe in the afterlife?
I believe that anything is possible. I’ve seen some pretty miraculous things.