Welcome to my weekly feature where authors share about the hobbies, careers, or passions of their characters.
I’m pleased to introduce today’s guest, Jax Devereaux…
Constance: What exactly do you do as a crab fisherman?
Jax: I take a crew of 7 or 8 people, and we go out to the Bering Sea. I have 800 crate shaped open cylinders we call pots. When we get to the destination where we want to get crabs, We use a pulley and grab a pot, bring it to the deck, bait it with raw fish, attach a buoy to it and toss it in the sea. I mark the spot on my radar and GPS as well as write it on a pad of paper. We strong the pots along a line until all are dumped into the sea.
Constance: What do you do after you string all your pots?
Jax: We circle around and go back to the beginning. Sometimes it is 24 to 48 hours before we reach for the rope with the pulley, and pull the buoy and the pot up to the surface. When it reaches the surface, we lay it on a slab, open the pot, and dump the crabs in a chute, sorting them as we go. We are only allowed to keep male crabs that are a certain size. All others will be toss back into the sea. The chute takes them down to the holding tank.
Constance: Where do you take the crabs you’ve caught?
Jax: When we reach max weight, we head back to the harbor and offload at the warehouse where they process the crabs for distribution to the customers.
Constance: What kind of crabs do you fish for?
Jax: King crabs, Opillo crabs and Biardi crabs. Each has their own seasons.
Constance: How often are you out at sea?
Jax: Crab season starts in September and ends in the Spring. We are gone almost the whole season.
Constance: How did you get into this profession?
Jax: I’ve been a crab fisherman all my life except for the time I served in the US Coast Guard. My father and grandfather both were crab fishermen.
Constance: Do you get to go home for holidays?
Jax: No. We miss all the holidays, including Christmas, except for July 4th.
Constance: What are the biggest concerns you have as far as deep sea fishing is concern?
Jax: Rove waves, severe weather, motion sickness and safety. Safety is my number one priority.
Constance: How well do the crew perform in this condition?
Jax: Everyone does a good job and pull their weight, that is, except one. My brother, Rudy. I have to light a fire under him to get him to perform at max potential.
Constance: What made you famous?
Jax: An author wrote a book called Midnight Escape where I’m the hero. It’s how I met Suzanne, the heroine. I snuck her on to my boat and took her crab fishing in an effort to shield her from the mafia who had a hit on her and was after her.
Constance: I bet that was a ride of the lifetime.
Jax: It was a hell of a trip. Poor girl, I had no idea Suzanne was deathly afraid of water.
On the run from the mob, Suzanne discovers that hunky Jax is just the man she needs.
Suzanne Pacheco is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder and helping to put the killer in prison. Her trip across the country brings her to a small town in Alaska. But once again the mob’s hitman has tracked her down. She’s disheartened at the thought of leaving the town she’s developed a real fondness for, but there’s nothing else she can do. Until she finds help in the unlikeliest of places and embarks on an adventure like never before.
Commercial fisherman Jax Devereaux has his hands full fishing for crabs in the formidable Bering Sea, but when Suzanne needs his help, he adds yet another thing to his list of responsibilities. He takes her with him to the one place he thinks she might be safe—the middle of the sea. But there’s danger everywhere. Can he keep Suzanne safe, and will he lose his heart in the process?
Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romances.
When she’s not writing book boyfriends and strong heroines, she enjoys basket weaving, reading, making jewelry, and playing the piano as well as spending time with her husband and their two furball children, Tigger and Sunny. Constance is married to Jim, and they live in a small town in Alabama.
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