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Cops and Writers is an informative, and sometimes humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story.O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also be interviewing crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will be discussing what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing.If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.
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My guest today, Nick Russell, has one of the most interesting life stories I have ever heard.  I think when you are done listening to this episode, you will agree. Nick comes from a cop family, his dad was a deputy sheriff, then became a Border Patrolman (his dad rode a horse to work every day), and when he retired from that he became a city cop in Ohio. He also had two uncles and an older brother who were LEOs.He joined the Army right after high school and served in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division, got banged up a couple of times (three Purple Hearts), and when he was back stateside and was fit for duty, was a firearms instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After the Army, he was a reserve cop in Ohio until dad talked him out of it and told him he should pursue his dream of being a writer. He was also a criminal investigator with the Arizona Attorney General’s office for a total of six years where he investigated everything from police-related shootings to crooked city officials. Nick also ran small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona. In 1999 Nick and his wife Terry became full-time RVers, spending the next 18+ years wandering around the country in a motorhome publishing the Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper. Nick Russell is a proud indie-author of 45 books, including the Big Lake mystery series, the John Lee Quarrels series, the two-book Dog’s Run series, and the Tinder Street family saga. He was very fortunate that his first novel, Big Lake, made the New York Times bestseller list. You will never guess how the story came to him, and how long it took him to hit the "publish button." In October of 2016, Nick and his wife Terry bought a house on the central Florida coast midway between Daytona Breach and Cape Canaveral. They can watch the rockets launch from their yard.Trust me, this is a story you will not want to miss hearing!Visit Nick's blog that he publishes every day!Check out Nick's Amazon Author Page!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Our guest for today’s show is probably one of the nicest and most generous people in the writing industry, Jamie Davis. Jamie Davis is also a nurse, retired paramedic, author, podcaster, and nationally recognized medical educator who began teaching new emergency responders as a training officer for his local EMS program.If you want to write accurate crime drama, you should be incorporating the world of emergency medicine. Jamie will give us the information you need to help write these stories that incorporate emergency medicine.Jamie is also a successful indie author who shares with us his writing routine and workday that have enabled him to publish more than 40 books in a relatively short amount of time. Visit Jamie's website.Listen to Jamie's podcasts: The Disaster Podcast and The Books and Authors Fantasy and SciFi PodcastEnjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Our guest for today’s show is Dave Chesson. Since many of you are writers, you know Dave from his excellent company, Kindlepreneur, which helps out authors with many free videos and services, and his Publisher Rocket software. There is much more to Dave than meets the eye. He owns multiple companies and is truly a serial entrepreneur. Dave is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served aboard a submarine, was a Navy liaison in South Korea, and was an international arms dealer. We talk about everything from his time in the Navy as an officer, especially life aboard a submarine in graphic detail, his daily writing habit, to his latest software venture, Atticus. Dave describes Atticus as, “It’s like Scrivener got together with Google Docs and Vellum and had a baby.” I think this new software is going to be a game-changer for many writers. We also talk about writing realistic scenes involving firearms in your book, even if you never have fired a gun.Check out Dave at  Kindlepreneur and get lots of free writing tools and informative videos. Read a recent article with Dave where he explains his newest writing tool, Atticus. Unlock keywords with Dave's Publisher Rocket!Learn about firearms and write better scenes involving guns at Dave's Gun University.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Our guest today is Retired Chief Deputy Marc Cameron of the U.S. Marshals.He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor.As well as serving over 30 years in law enforcement both as a city police officer and the bulk of his career with the U.S. Marshals, he is also a best-selling author of three series, most notable the Tom Clancy /Jack Ryan Campus Thriller series. Cameron takes us on his journey from being a small-town police officer to becoming a Chief Deputy for the U.S. Marshal Service. He also explains the role of the marshals in law enforcement and the different assignments he was involved in, including an explanation of the federal witness protection program. Marc Cameron also gives us a peek at his successful author career. Marc goes through a “typical” writing day for him and how he manages to stay on track writing in three different best-selling series. Check out Marc's award-winning, best-selling books here.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Retired F.B.I  Special Agent Jerri Williams joins us for today's show! Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. Jerri takes us on her journey from being a juvenile probation agent to becoming a special agent in the FBI. Jerri also reveals the selection and testing process she went through to become a special agent in the FBI.Jerri gives us a behind-the-scenes peek into the F.B.I. and how they solve crimes.  Jerri also debunks common tropes associated with the F.B.I.During most of her Bureau career, she worked major economic fraud investigations and was amazed at the schemes and deceptions con-artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal other people’s money. During her FBI career, Jerri investigated all types of crimes including bank robberies, and later she specialized in cases targeting major economic crime and corruption. Her investigation of a $350 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high profiled philanthropists, and beneficiary donors resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures.Toward the end of her federal law enforcement career, Jerri was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau.Jerri also discusses her post-retirement move to becoming a successful indie author, podcaster, and Hollywood T.V. and film consultant.Check out her website, blog, podcast, and books here!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
You have the right to get your facts straight to know what happens after you have been arrested and need a lawyer. Our guest today, Jennifer Severino has spent ten years as a Criminal Defense Attorney and will give us her perspective of the criminal justice system. Jennifer shares stories from the courtroom and reveals what kind of relationships defense attorneys have with prosecutors, the answer may surprise you.Jennifer and I discuss different cases, most notably Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the defense that was given during the trial. She is also a successful author of 35 published books and a freelance editor at her company, Twitching Pen Editing where she provides services as a content and line editor, beta reader, book description writer, and legal fiction consultant.  Check out Jennifer at The Twitching PenEnjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Today's special guest is none other than Craig Martelle!Craig explains his journey from being an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps for twenty years, becoming an attorney, working as a business consultant, and eventually becoming a full-time author. Craig dispels myths and misconceptions regarding military characters, especially the way Marines are portrayed in books, movies, and television. Craig also gives us a look at his methods and systems he uses that enabled him to publish 106 books in five years.  He also shows us how he is giving back to the author community through running the 20BooksTo50K® Facebook group and conferences.Visit Craig at his website!Check out all of Craig's books on Amazon! Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Today our special guest is Coroner Darren Dake. We discuss his 30-year career in law enforcement including 20 years being a death investigator, and most recently his election to the position of coroner.  Darren takes us into death investigations in detail. We discuss cases involving infants to senior citizens. Because of this, some may find this episode unsettling and disturbing, this is definitely an episode that is not suitable for children. Darren also explains how he and his investigators deal with the daily exposure to death and tragedy. He also sheds light on the potential problems that face those who are constantly exposed to these events.  Darren and I also debunk common mistakes that writers make when dealing with death investigations.Listen to the Coroner Talk PodcastCheck out the Death Investigations Academy.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
In this special St. Parick's Day bonus episode, Marie O'Hlloran shares her experiences as a 22 year veteran of the Irish Polic Force, An Garda Síochána. Marie and I chat about everything from her training at Garda College, experiences on the job, and a treasure trove of other information about the Irish Police Force. She also reveals her struggles with the aftermath of a near-fatal squad accident she was severely injured in, and how she uses writing as a coping mechanism. Not only is Marie a Gard, but she also consults on various novels for best-selling writers and appears in the acknowledgments as Casey King, which is her pen name. Marie is a poet, playwright, and crime novel author. Check out Marie on Twitter at @letstalkcrimeEnjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
In today's episode, Scott Moon shares with us how he balances his job as a police lieutenant with a successful author career. Scott shares his journey as a young man traveling to  Los Angeles to be in a metal band playing guitar. How years later he wound up being a police officer and now attained the rank of lieutenant, and his continuing success running his author business. You don't want to miss this story!Visit Scott at his website!Check out the Keystroke Medium website and their YouTube channel.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
In today's show, Josh Hayes of Keystroke Medium takes us on his Journey from police officer to full-time author.Josh takes us down his path from growing up as a military brat, joining the United States Air Force, becoming a police officer where he worked as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, community policing officer,  and being a member of the bomb squad, to eventually retiring early to become a full-time author. Josh walks us through a typical day as an author and his experiences with collaborations. Josh also explains how he and his friend Scott Moon formed Keystroke Medium, a popular youtube channel, and podcast. Please visit Josh at his website. Check out the Keystroke Medium website and their YouTube channel.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series. Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email. Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Today we are going to take you into the courtroom with our special guest former Assistant District Attorney Sharon Riek of the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.Have you ever wondered what happens next after a person is arrested and processed by the police? Who ultimately decides on what criminal charge a person will face and will try this case in a court of law? Look no further! ADA Riek will reveal the inner workings of the criminal justice system for you. In this episode, ADA Riek will give detailed explanations of how a person is charged with a crime, the different hearings that could result before trial, how she prepared for felony cases (including homicide trials), the role of confidential informants, and the DA’s office, and personal stories of putting away dangerous felons during her career. Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email. Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group.If you would be so kind to help out the sarge with this podcast, visit his Patreon page.Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Today we are going to the crime lab with our special guest Forensic DNA Analyst Melissa Kreikemeier.  If you write stories that involve forensic science and want to get your facts straight regarding this often-misunderstood field of police science, this episode is for you. Melissa will also take us on her journey into how she got into this fascinating field of forensic science. Melissa explains the misconceptions and misrepresentations of this science common on television shows, books, and movies. Melissa goes deep into how DNA analysis is used in police work and how it is utilized in solving crimes. Please visit Melissa at flowers and forensics. Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email. Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. If you would be so kind to help out the sarge with this podcast, visit his Patreon page., Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Do you write stories involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Or are you just curious about this historic police organization or police work in Canada? If you answered yes, this is the episode for you!In today's episode, we're going north to Canada to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force. (Retired) Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell interviews Constable Forest Macek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Constable Macek discusses the selection process, training, and careers available in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She also shares true-life stories from her five-year career.Constable Macek also tells us how she went from going to school to be a whale trainer, to ultimately becoming a Constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email address.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group.If you would be so kind to help out the sarge with this podcast, visit his Patreon page.Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
In today's episode, Patrick O'Donnell interviews veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson of the "Writers Detective Bureau" Facebook group and podcast. (Retired) Sergeant  Patrick O'Donnell and Det. Richardson discusses how a police officer becomes a detective and what special training and testing are required to become a detective. Richardson also reveals what a typical day looks like for a detective. Richardson will share his journey from a rookie cop to a veteran detective and his motivations for joining the force. O'Donnell and Richardson will debunk common myths and misconceptions regarding the role of detectives in police work, so you can write more authentic stories. O'Donnell and Richardson will also share real stories from their law enforcement careers to give you, the writer, a better understanding of what the role detectives play in law enforcement. Join the Writers Detective Bureau Facebook group. Listen to the Writers Detective Bureau podcast Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Visit the Cops and Writers website. If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email address.Come join the Cops and Writers Facebook group.If you would be so kind to help out the sarge with this podcast, visit his Patreon page.Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
Episode one of the Cops and Writers podcast. Your host Patrick O'Donnell welcomes all of you who want to write more compelling and accurate crime stories. In this short introductory episode, O'Donnell explains that most of his shows will be interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement. He will ask the questions that you want answers to about the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police work. He will also interview authors and screenwriters and find out what works for them in this ever-changing landscape of selling and publishing books.  Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.If you have questions, feel free to email the sarge at sarge@copsandwriters.com The sarge loves it when people visit his website, so please do. Don't miss out on the fun, join his Facebook group Cops and Writers! If you want to support O'Donnell's podcast, please do at his patreon page. Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
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