SEAL My Home Character Interview
Today we’re going to interview the hero of Sharon Hamilton’s latest book, SEAL My Home. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rory Kennedy.
SH: So let’s start out by you telling us a bit about yourself.
RK: Well, I don’t like much talking about myself, but I guess I’d say it’s an honor and a privilege to serve our great country as a Navy SEAL. I think the Navy brought me some focus, and the SEALs made me a man.
SH: What about your family?
RK: What family? I grew up in orphanages run by the Sisters, then fell into the Foster Care system where I did a few things I shouldn’t, like burn down my foster mom’s garage and play around with firecrackers. I blew off my 4th finger on my left hand when I was 12 playing with bottle rockets, trying to get gunpowder out of live rounds I found.
SH: Did you ever meet your parents?
RK: Well, you’ll have to read the story. Not giving away a thing. But I will say my mother died when I was very young so growing up I never met either of my parents. Hon, if it’s all the same to you, could we please change the subject?
SH: Absolutely. So what’s your favorite pastime?
RK: I’m one of the explosives experts on SEAL Team 3. I love going to live fireworks displays on the 4th of July. Almost makes me cry they are so beautiful. I snowboard, love the snow. I like any kind of extreme sports. Skydiving is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends, when Megan lets me.
SH: What sports do you like to watch?
RK: Rugby and soccer. Cage fighting’s pretty cool.
SH: What’s your ideal date?
RK: A fire pit at the beach. Bottle of good wine. A non-scratchy blanket. You get the picture.
SH: Indeed I do! You like things simple.
RK: Very. Life is pretty simple for me. I get up, go to work, come home and fool around with Megan. At least, that’s my life now.
SH: In this story, you battle some homegrown terrorists. You concerned about this in the future?
RK: Oh, we didn’t get them all. Probably will be seeing those dudes again. Just something I think we’ll have to contend with in the coming years. Hope the public is ready for it. We are.
SH: How has the BUD/S training helped you grow as a man?
RK: You know the saying, Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. Well, that was the story of my life too. I knew, when I heard that one in the BUD/S training that I was in the right spot, and on the right team. I kept hearing that darned DOR bell ring, and I said to myself, “Yes! I’m still here. I didn’t give up.” I think what I learned is that I was one of those guys who do things others can’t. Not that I’m better than anyone else, just that I’m wired up to be able to do things 99% of the male population can’t do, or don’t want to do. That’s why I say it’s a privilege and an honor to be a Navy SEAL. I get to do all the cool stuff, get all the cool equipment, experiences no amount of money can buy.
SH: Did you always want to be a Navy SEAL?
RK: Hell, I didn’t know what the heck I wanted to do. I guess I just wanted to survive childhood. I barely did.
SH: What kind of tats do you have and why?
RK: I got a naked girl on my right upper arm and I have no idea how I got that one, but I got it in Mexico, I can tell you that. Got Celtic Crosses around my upper arm on the right and around both wrists. Frog footprints from my wrist to my elbow. We all have those on SEAL Team 3. Got a cartoon character of a firestarter on my calf, little guy with his hair on fire.
SH: Interesting. Are you going to stay a SEAL or do you have plans to retire?
RK: Retirement is not in my DNA. They’re gonna have to boot me out. I won’t quit, remember?
SH: Favorite song?
RK: Trace Atkins, If The Sun Comes Up.
SH: Love that song! Favorite dance?
RK: You’ve got to be kidding me. I don’t dance.
SH: Favorite time of year?
RK: Anytime in the good old U.S. of A. I just like being home.
SH: If you could be granted one wish, what would it be.
RK: I guess I’d like to see some day man’s inhumanity to man stop. Permanently. No reason for it to exist. I’d like to see kids grow up in loving households. Parents who care about them. People given opportunities to better themselves. Live in freedom.
SH: So what is your next goal in life?
RK: Knock Megan up. You laugh. That’s one thing I want to give her more than anything else in the world.
SH: Thanks, Rory. I appreciate your candor. I thank you for your service, and I’m sure the readers of this new book will grow to love you as much as I do.
RK: And I’ll be around in future books too. I’m like a bad penny. I’ll keep poping up.
SH: Can’t wait.
Navy SEAL Rory Kennedy was raised an orphan originally in facilities run by the Catholic church, then later in Foster Care when the Diocese shut the facility down. Barely making it out of high school with passing grades, he enlisted in the Navy at age 18, and has never graduated from college. He has had a lifelong interest in explosives, but is also an expert marksman. His quick temper nearly got him booted from BUD/S training several times and credits the beatings he had at the hands of his foster care fathers for helping him get through the training to graduation.
He enjoys snowboarding and skydiving. After becoming a SEAL, he meets the father who abandoned him as a baby, and their relationship starts out on extremely rocky ground. His two best friends are also SEALs on SEAL Team 3, T.J. and Brady.
In SEAL My Home, Rory meets the love of his life, Megan Palmer, who falls victim to a home-grown terrorist cell. It will take everything Rory has to save her.