Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Character Profile Sheet for Sgt. Winston Windflower from Mike Martin's ‘Dangerous Waters’


Years ago (and still applies today), the experts were telling fiction writers that in order to really know their main character, they must come up with a character profile sheet for them and definitely applies to all your characters as well.  This is a good practice because once you know all the ins and outs of all your characters, the book flows better and allows the author to get inside the head of each of their characters.

We decided to ask authors if they would like to come up with a character sketch of their main character, throwing in a few unique questions to make it really fun!

Today we have Mike Martin stopping by on his blog tour with a character sketch of his main character, Sgt. Winston Windflower.  Enjoy!


Learn more about Sgt. Winston Windflower!


Name of Character: Sgt. Winston Windflower

Age: 40

Eye Color: blue

Hair Color: Black

Birthplace: Pink Lake, Alberta

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Place of Residence: Grand Bank

Description of Home: 100 year old house

Dominant Character Trait: honesty

Best Friend: Herb Stoodley

Enemies and Why: Criminals of all sorts. Because he’s a police officer

Temperament: calm

Ambition: To be a good person in the world

Educational Background: Some college

Philosophy of Life: Golden rule

Bad Habits: Eating sweets

Talents: Not many

Hobby or Hobbies: Fishing, cooking

Why is Character Likeable? Tells the truth even when it’s hard. Always helpful

Favorite Pig Out Food: Pizza


Character Mini-Interview:

Every New Year’s I resolve to: Be better

Nobody knows I am: Afraid sometimes

I wish: People would just get along

The worse part of my life is: sometimes the police work

I want to teach my children that: Honesty is the best policy

A good time for me is: After the kids are gone to bed

The worse advice my father gave me is: Don’t be a police officer

When I feel sorry for myself I: Talk to my wife or Herb

My friends like me because: I’m honest.

My major accomplishment is: Being a good father

My most humbling experience was: When Eddie Tizzard was shot and I couldn’t help him

Meet the Author

Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand.

He is the author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 12 books in this light mystery series with the publication of Dangerous WatersA Tangled Web was shortlisted in 2017 for the best light mystery of the year, and Darkest Before the Dawn won the 2019 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. Mike has also published Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries, a Sgt. Windflower Book of Christmas past and present.

Some Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are now available as audiobooks and the latest A Long Ways from Home was released as an audiobook in 2022. All audiobooks are available from Audible in Canada and around the world.

Mike is Past Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers and a member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and Ottawa Independent Writers and Capital Crime Writers.

His latest book is the mystery, Dangerous Waters.

You can visit his website at  or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Inside the Book

: Dangerous Waters
Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Ottawa Press and Publishing
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery

Old habits die hard…

Sgt. Windflower tries his best to ease away from life as a Mountie, but the lure of an investigation is too hard to resist.

After a missing man turns up dead, Sgt. Windflower is pulled in to investigate. Meanwhile, the arrival of a group of unique foreign visitors during a snowstorm in Grand Bank offers up another mystery. Even with so much going on, Windflower can’t resist the enticement of a good meal and a trip to the island of Saint Pierre off the coast of Newfoundland.

But when things get rough, Windflower can always rely on Eddie Tizzard and the gang to have his back.

As always, Windflower’s wife Sheila and their daughters are beacons of love and support as he navigates dangerous waters.

Grand Bank beckons you to another great story in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series.

Book Information

Release Date: April 30, 2022

Publisher:  Ottawa Press and Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1988437828; 288 pages; $16.95; eBook $4.99: FREE Kindle Unlimited


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