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SRP Heroine Interview: Gwenn Hilliard from the Phoenix Files Trilogy

Closest Enemy1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

I’m a consultant with the FBI. I joined the FBI to fulfill my husband’s dream. He was killed in a car crash, and never made it to Quantico himself. It was a cathartic goal for me to finally gain my creds for his sake. Of course, after my first assignment in the Phoenix office landed me flat on surveillance duty, I was starting to regret it. We were at Monte Vista Hospital in Phoenix when Sam Montoya finally made it in from his under-cover assignment. I don’t know how it happened, but when he said there were kids in danger, and someone needed to go get them, I was on it. It didn’t seem to matter though, because my next assignment was counterfeiting, and all I had was some fake money, and a new partner I was trying not to fall in love with. I guess the rest is history.

2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I was just doing my job. Sam said to get the kids, and nobody else was moving fast enough.

3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Well, not in my younger days, of course. After working as a head nurse in a ped’s hospital though, I did some crime fighting before joining the FBI. Then after I got through my FBI training, I wondered how in the world I would ever be able to take down a perp. I did it though. That was a long time ago, now.

4. Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of Special Agent in the FBI?

I think that would be me, myself and I. Like I said, I was trying to keep my husband alive by living his dream. When I actually got through it, and realized I now had a job that I had to keep in order to pay bills, well I was feeling the pressure, and kind of missing my nurse’s job. After all that’s happened though, I’m so glad I did it. I never would have met Ranson. I have had such adventures that I never would have dreamed of, so I guess I would have to say that all things work together for good to them that love God.

5.  What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Oh, I second-guess myself all the time. I never know if the decision I make is going to be the right one. Given enough time, I always change my mind. That’s why the best things I have ever done are on the spur of the moment. I guess my only strength is that I’m faithful at whatever I am doing and I finish the job. I try to think about how others feel, you know?

6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

If I would define this ‘self-rescue princess’, It would definitely not be me! I don’t feel that I am either strong, or confident. I get the job done, try to do it right, pray that I made the right decision…and most of the time, hope I don’t ever have to do it again. I guess a strong, confident woman would learn from her mistakes though. My aunt once told me I was my own closest enemy. Can’t run from yourself, you know!

7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

I guess it would be just that. You can’t run from yourself, so if you don’t like who you are, then take the steps to change. Trusting the Lord to guide you in the right path, is essential!

8. What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?

I learned that the Lord really knew who I was, where I was, and how I got there. He had never left me. I left him, but he was waiting on me to call on him. It was so he could help me get rid of my bitterness and pain from the past and move on toward a wonderful future. You see the Lord always has good plans for us, if we just follow his guidance.

9.  If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?

Love Lifted Me

10. Do you plan on getting back into crime-solving?

 Well,  like I said, I do some consulting, but I don’t think I would ever choose to go back to full time work. Sometimes, I help Ranson with surveillance, but he and I both are just about ready for retirement! We are enjoying our children; watching their lives blossom into adulthood. Time has gone so fast. But who knows? I still have my FBI creds, somewhere, in a box. One of these days, when my grand kids find them, I might have to tell them some stories! If they decide to write about their FBI granny, you might just see me again! 

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