Interview of Deputy Cande Hernandez of Dark Descent
Today I’m sitting across from Deputy Cande Hernandez from the town of DryLake Texas.
So Cande, just why’d you become a cop?
Uncle Jack gets the credit for that. He and my dad were close friends and was always around as I grew up. I remember listening as he told Dad some of the things that happened on the job. Silly things like the time a rancher’s cows got out and ended up in the middle of town grazing in the square. And sometimes not so silly things like the time he found a dead body doing a welfare check.
Naturally, as a kid, I was fascinated by his handcuffs. He finally bought me a pair of my own when I was seven or eight, after that it was a fingerprint kit. Then as I got older, he’d let me ride along with him. He never let me anywhere near danger but catching bad guys was exciting, and helping those in need felt good. I never thought of doing anything else.
You work for your Uncle Jack now. How does this affect your relationship on and off the job?
I do. He’s the Marshal of DryLake, I’m one of three deputies. I think the job has brought us closer since we spend a lot of time together. Off the job, he understands when it’s been a bad day and I don’t have to explain it to him but he’s there if I need to talk. On the job, he treats me like any other deputy for the most part.
How did your parents feel about your choice of career?
Dad died when I was fifteen, but he always knew and encouraged me to do what made me happy. Mom hated it. She wanted me to marry a nice cowboy, have about six kids and run the ranch. She’s still hoping I change my mind.
Seems like just about everyone in Texas has a ranch. Is yours the acre and a couple cows kind or what most people think of as a ranch?
Two Pines is almost 1,500 acres. We don’t have any cattle now but one day, I’d like to get some Longhorns. Part of the ranch is planted in timber and we grow all our own hay. Naturally, there are horses and lots of room for riding. Gramps always had Quarter Horses but not long ago I sold the last Quarter Horse and started breeding Arabians. This spring we had our first batch of foals and I’m really excited about them.
Now, down to the important questions. Chocolate, dark or milk?
Definitely milk. I know dark is supposed to be better for you, but I still don’t care for it.
Okay…dog, cat or both?
Dog right now. We usually have a barn cat or two but right now it’s just Brinks. He’s a Doberman Pinscher and has his Schutzhund III. He’s not a police dog but it is nice having him with me on those long nights alone in the country.
Pie or cake?
Cake, chocolate of course.
Coffee or tea?
Iced tea. I never developed a taste for coffee so in the winter it’s hot cocoa.
Shower or soak in the tub?
Depends on the day. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a long hot soak. Other times, especially after a day in the barn, cutting firewood or other ranch chores, you gotta take a shower to get all the dirt off.
Truck or sports car?
Gee, I’d love to drive a sports car but I’d have to give myself speeding tickets. Plus, it’s not really practical for ranch work so I have a truck. My personal vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler though.
Last question… what one thing would you want the people you meet on a day to day basis to know?
That cops aren’t the bad guys, we’re not out to get you. We are just trying to do our jobs, and that’s to keep everyone safe.
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Bio: Jean Lauzier has always been a writer though life just recently settled enough so she can spend the time needed at the keyboard with her characters. Jean writes mystery and fantasy for the most part but enjoys playing with romance and western genres ever so often. When not writing, Jean spends her time trying to keep her Bonsai alive, learning Spanish and training the cat.
Her short story collection, Six Pack of Murder is available on Amazon.
She is president of the East Texas Writer’s Association.
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