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Welcome back to part two of my interview with “The” Narcos who helped bring down Pablo Escobar! Retired D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are former DEA agents best known for bringing down Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the '90s, as dramatized in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos and chronicled in their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Their colleague’s reaction to their newfound fame.·      Who filled the void left by Pablo’s cocaine empire being destroyed?·      How Pablo Escobar gained so much wealth and power in a short amount of time.·      Pop culture’s fascination with high-profile criminals like Pablo Escobar.·      Have they gone back to Columbia after all these years?·      Their worldwide speaking tour and the feedback from the audience.·      The Game of Crimes Podcast. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about Steve and Javier and their incredible story at their website! Check out the incredible podcast, Game of Crimes!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
Today I’m very excited to bring you episode one of two with “The” Narcos who helped bring down Pablo Escobar! Retired D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are former DEA agents best known for bringing down Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the '90s, as dramatized in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos and chronicled in their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Pablo’s Hippos.·      Steve and Javier’s beginnings in law enforcement and their path to becoming D.E.A. Agents.·      How someone should prepare themselves to become a D.E.A. Agent.·      How both of their careers changed after bringing down one of the biggest cocaine dealers in history.·      What their role was in the Netflix series “Narcos” and how it has changed their lives.·      Their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar.·      How Steve’s wife joined him in Columbia on this dangerous mission.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about Steve and Javier and their incredible story at their website! Check out the incredible podcast, Game of Crimes!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
On today’s show, we will travel to sunny Florida to chat with the USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Dan Petrosini! A fan of books and films that have twists and are difficult to predict, Dan crafts his stories to prevent readers from guessing correctly. He writes every day, forcing the words out when necessary, and has written over twenty-five novels to date.Today’s show is for you crime writers who want to up your game!In today’s episode we discuss:·      Dan’s favorite quote, “The price of discipline is always less than the cost of regret.”·      Dan’s other career as a musician playing the tenor saxophone and the similarities to being a musician and an author.·      How he gets his police facts right.·      Dan’s successful marketing plan.·      How he became a USA Today's Best-Selling Author.·      The importance of series, especially a “flagship series.”·      His experience with audiobooks. ·      Why he is a self-published author. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Dan at his website! Check out Dan's Amazon Author's page! Read "The War of Art"Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
I’m happy to have returning guest Bryan Cohen on today's show. Bryan is the creator of Author Ad School, the founder of author copywriting agency Best Page Forward, and the MC of Self Publishing Live. He's also an author with eight novels self-published and over 150,000 books sold, as well as the co-host of The Sell More Books Show, a weekly podcast for self-published authors​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      The hottest trends in book publishing, including TikTok.·      The long-running Sell More Books Show Podcast.·      Indie authors selling direct.·      Bryan’s experience as a part of Pat Flynn’s mastermind group.·      The rewards and drawbacks of owning your own company.·      Building a career around a lifestyle.·      Best practices for advertising your books.·      Dealing with rejection. ·      Bryan’s success with his Kickstarter projects, including best practices.·      The importance of “Superfans!” And, how to keep them. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Bryan on Author Ad School.Visit Bryan at his website. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupWould you like to buy me a coffee?Support the show
On today’s show, I’m so happy to have Dr. Heather Kersten and Dr. Emily Jirikowic who are co-founders of First Responder's PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES. The good doctors who are most commonly referred to as police psychologists provide debriefings, crisis intervention, and trauma treatment. They have realized the importance of psychoeducation and face-time with members to build trust and gain acceptance in a field requiring specialized skill and ability.These doctors work on the front lines with first responders in the most trying of times and provide much-needed support. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Dr. Kersten and Dr. Jirikowic’s First Responders Psychological Services.·      When a debriefing is appropriate and what one looks like.·      Their role in crisis intervention with first responders.·      What psycho evaluations are and when they are conducted.·      Both doctors experience starting their careers working in the prison system with sex offenders.·      Having police officers in their immediate family and the unique perspective that gives them.·      What P.T.S.D. is and how it can be misunderstood.·      How to prevent P.T.S.D. and lessen its effects. ·      Suicide prevention and best practices dealing with suicidal subjects.·      How do members deal or don’t deal with leaving police work and reintegrating into a “normal lifestyle.” All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Emily and Heather on their website!Read Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER and Tribe. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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 groupSuidie hotline: 1-800-273-8255Check out 053 Police Chaplain George Papachristou on the Cops and Writers PodcastConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
On today’s show, I’m honored to bring back Retired F.B.I Special Agent Jerri Williams!  Jerri was my guest way back on April 11, 2021, episode #11, which is still one of the most popular episodes to date! Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. During her FBI career, Jerri investigated many 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.On today’s show, Jerri does a thorough analysis of Thrillerfest, podcasting, and her author career.  In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Jerri’s fiction and nonfiction books.·      Her wildly successful podcast, F.B.I. Retried Case File Review, and her advice to new podcasters.·      What Thrillerfest is and who attends it.·      How Thrillerfest has changed her career.·      Her experience giving a class and being on a panel with bestselling authors.·      The costs of attending Thrillerfest.·      The stigma that was attached to being an indie author and how that is changing.·      Hoping that Jerri attends 20books Vegas.·      The exciting projects Jerri is involved with. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Jerri's website, which has links to her books, podcast, and much more!Listen to episode #11 of the Cops and Writers Podcast with Jerri as my guest!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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
On today’s show, I will interview Gavy Friedson. Gavy is a Global Ambassador to United Hatzalah Israel. These motorcycle ambulances can reach people in need in 90 seconds to 3 minutes. Gavriel Friedson has been saving lives since the age of fifteen. Over the course of nineteen years on the job, Friedson has distinguished himself through over 10,000 emergency calls. He has been the first medic on the scene at several terrorist attacks during his years as a first responder. Gavriel has been to several disasters to provide humanitarian aid, including hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In 2022, he assisted with medical rescue flights helping evacuate Ukrainian refugees to Israel.   In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How he helped deliver his math teacher's baby at age fifteen.·      School life in Israel, including their safety measures and having to learn a new language.·      What life in a country that is in a constant state of war is really like. The answer may surprise you.·      The many advantages of post-high school mandatory service.·      The idea of using motorcycles, A.T.V.’s, and boats to respond to medical emergencies in 90 seconds to 3 minutes, compared to the traditional ambulances that could take 20 minutes to respond saving countless lives.·      Why a country that is in a constant state of war has record low P.T.S.D. numbers in their soldiers and first responders. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out United Hatzalah's website! Check out some YouTube videos with Gavy and United HatzalahMore YouTube videos of Gavy and United Hatzalah in UkraineEven More YouTube videosOne more YouTube video!My interview with Jack Carr on the Cops and Writers PodcastEnjoy the Cops and Writer's 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
Welcome back to part two of my interview with former Operations Officer of the CIA, Ric Prado!My guest on the show today is New York Times Bestselling Author and retired Operations Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency Enrique “Ric” Prado. Mr. Prado is a twenty-four-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts. Mr. Prado spent his first ten years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special Activities Division (SOG/SAD, Ground Branch), the CIA’s “special operations force.” His service included 36 months in Central American jungles as the first CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps. Subsequently running counterterrorism/insurgency operations in Latin America and in the Philippines.  Cuban born and immigrating solo to the US at 10 - which landed him in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado - “Ric” inherited early on a “debt of honor” to the USA. Thus, he volunteered for military service at 20. Ric joined the US Air Force elite Pararescue Teams P.J.’s. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Tradecraft and situational awareness. How average citizens can stay safe following some basic concepts. ·      Coopers Scale.·      How to not get caught by the enemy, and what to do if you are.·      Pre and post 9/11 and how it changed our nation and how the intelligence community conducted their business. ·      Communication between the FBI and CIA.·      Why Ric wrote the book Black Ops and how it has changed him and others. ·      Why Ric’s book, Black Ops should be required reading for high school and college students today.·      Our biggest threats to the United States today.·      Why socialism is the mask of communism. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Part One of my interview with Ric! Visit Ric Prado's website to learn more about him and his book, Black Ops. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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 groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors! Support the show
My guest on today’s show was so interesting, his life story couldn’t fit in just one episode! So, look for episode two of this interview to go live on June 12, 2022. My guest on the show today is New York Times Bestselling Author and retired Operations Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency Enrique “Ric” Prado. Mr. Prado is a twenty-four-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts. Mr. Prado spent his first ten years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special Activities Division (SOG/SAD, Ground Branch), the CIA’s “special operations force.” His service included 36 months in Central American jungles as the first CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps. Subsequently running counterterrorism/insurgency operations in Latin America and in the Philippines.  Cuban born and immigrating solo to the US at 10 - which landed him in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado - “Ric” inherited early on a “debt of honor” to the USA. Thus, he volunteered for military service at 20. Ric joined the US Air Force elite Pararescue Teams P.J.’s.  In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why Ric carried the Walther PPK as a backup weapon, the iconic spy gun used by James Bond.·      The false portrayal of the Central Intelligence Agency spun by Hollywood common in movies and television.·      Common C.I.A. terms and vocabulary.·      Ric’s early memories of Fidel Castro’s forces invading and occupying Cuba.·      John F. Kennedy’s betrayal of the people of Cuba and the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.· What life in Castro’s Cuba was really like, including the government taking all your possessions, public lynchings, children encouraged to spy on their parents, and what a Castro neighborhood watch looked like. · Ric’s escape from communist Cuba to the United States at age ten without his parents and landing in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado.· Ric’s path to becoming a member of the Air Force’s elite Pararescue Teams known as the P.J.’s, him being a firefighter/paramedic for Miami Dade Metro, and how those experiences helped him eventually become a C.I.A. Operations Officer. · Ric’s first job with the C.I.A. as a contractor helping the Contras fight the communist Sandinistas in the jungles of Honduras. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Ric Prado's website to learn more about him and his book, Black Ops. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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 groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors! Support the show
Cops and Writers are taking you across the pond to the Emerald Isle with Paddy Finn!Have you ever considered selling all your worldly possessions and embarking on a six-month trip across Europe, and maybe further? This sounds like something a young person just finishing high school or college might do. My guest on today’s show is at the start of this journey, but, with his wife, three small children ranging in age from one to seven, and mother-in-law. Paddy Finn is no stranger to new adventures. This entrepreneur left a lucrative career in what many would consider the prime of his employment life, to start his author's career. Today, Paddy Finn is the CEO of Starcane Press and Penny Dragon Games, Paddy Finn writes military science fiction, murder mysteries, and runs several tabletop roleplaying game Kickstarter campaigns each year. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How he and his family are going to travel Europe in an R.V. while managing his entrepreneurial career.·      Why he is embarking on this adventure.·      How the 20 Books London conference changed his life.·      His path from a lucrative I.T. job to full-time writer, without a safety net!·      Best book marketing advice.·      The importance of 1,000 True Fans or Super Fans.·      The life-changing effect in Paddy’s life with Kickstarter and who should start one.·      Best, and worst, practices with Kickstarter. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Paddy at Starcane Press, Penny Dragon Games, and Killian C. Carter.Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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 groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors!  Support the show
On today’s show, it is my pleasure to be joined once again by the writer of Cold War military aviation thrillers, The Final Flight and Dark Flight, James Blatch! Many of you know James from the Self-Publishing Show Podcast that he co-hosts with Mark Dawson. He is also partnered up with Mark Dawson for the Self Publishing Formula (SPF) which includes free writer resources and guides and the wildly popular courses for writers, Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors. James and I had a lot of fun with this interview! I hope you guys enjoy this episode. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How his mother and father were in the Royal Air Force and how it influenced him growing up and his writing. ·      His first book, The Final Flight, and how it changed or didn’t change his life.·      The power of emotion in your story and characters.·      The challenges of writing his latest book, Dark Flight, and how he overcame them.·      What works and doesn’t work in book marketing, including TikTok, and paid ads on Amazon and Facebook.·      The importance of audiobooks.·      What’s in the future for SPF and James Blatch. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about James Blatch and buy his books on his website!Listen or watch the Self Publishing Show Enjoy the Cops and Writer's 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 groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors!Support the show
Is there a doctor in the house? There is today on the Cops and Writers Podcast. It was my pleasure to interview Dr. Mark Rhyner.  Dr. Rhyner earned his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, where he served as co-chief resident. He is board certified in family medicine and was named a “top doctor” by Milwaukee Magazine, and he has been my family doctor for over twenty years.For more than twenty years, I have trusted the good doctor with my family and my own health. He is one of the best in the business.  In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Dr. Rhyner’s path to becoming a doctor.·      What education and training are required to become a doctor?·      What medical school was really like.·      The unique health problems and challenges police officers and other first responders have in common and how the good doctor treats them.·      How Dr. Rhyner breaks bad news and how he deals with the eventual death of some of his patience.·      The importance of preventative medicine.·      Alternative medicine, such as chiropractic and acupuncture.·      How you can be a better consumer and advocate for yourself when dealing with your healthcare.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Dr. Rhyner's favorite books; Thinking, Fast and Slow and Discourse on the MethodEnjoy the Cops and Writer's 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
For today’s episode, I will be chatting with Ryburn Dobbs. Ryburn taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working on dozens of death investigations.In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst, specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.Ryburn is also an author who intertwines his experiences as a forensic anthropologist in his mystery, thriller, and suspense literary fiction.  In today’s episode we discuss:·      What was Ryburn’s path to biological and forensic anthropology? ·      How did Ryburn get interested in death investigations?·      What is forensic anthropology? What kind of training is required to become a forensic anthropologist?·      How and why Ryburn worked with different law enforcement agencies on death investigations, including homicides.·      How a forensic anthropologist processes a scene where bones are discovered and how they overcome certain obstacles that would make their job more difficult.·      Common misconceptions regarding forensic anthropology.·      Ryburn’s writing career!  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Discover more about Ryburn and his books on his website!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
In today’s episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast, I interview Michael Anderle and Craig Martelle. Michael Anderle started releasing books in November of 2015. Three in November, one in December, and one in January. By November of 2016, he was doing six figures a month in sales, and that December he started publishing others in collaboration with other authors. Over the last six years Michael’s publishing company, LMBPN has published about 1,500 titles, 250 audiobooks (by them) with another 600 or so licensed, and about 170 foreign language translations in 7 languages. They have sold over 5,000,000 books and continue to release stories in multiple genres including paranormal, action-adventure, urban fantasy, fantasy, military science fiction, and space opera. Michael is the founder of 20booksto50K® Facebook author group which has over 60,000 members.Craig Martelle retired from the Marine Corps, spending time both as enlisted and as an officer. Then he went to law school and took his law degree in business consulting where he became a business diagnostics specialist and leadership coach. He retired from that at age 52 because he was away from home way too much. That is when Craig started his path to becoming a prolific bestselling author. Craig also runs the 20booksto50K® Facebook author group and the 20booksto50K® author conferences that are worldwide. The 20booksto50K® Vegas conference is the largest indie author conference in the world! In today’s episode we discuss:·      How Craig and Michael started their bestselling author careers. ·      What “Outlaw Publishing” was and what their part was in it.·      How and why Michael started 20booksto50K®.·      The tips and tools they use to produce an extraordinary number of books each year.·      How and why Michael started his very successful publishing company, LMBPN.·      The future of 20booksto50K®. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about Michael Anderle and his books at LMBPN Publishing.Check out the 20booksto50K® Facebook group. Head on over to Craig Martelle's website to learn more about him and his awesome books!Listen to Craig Martelle on the Cops and Writers episode #9Enjoy 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 groupAre you not sure how to publish your first book, or do you want to make more money with your existing books? Check out Mark Dawson's Self Publishing 101 Course!Support the show
I have a special treat for you guys today! It was my honor and privilege to interview New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and former Navy Seal Jack Carr. Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. Jack is now a bestselling author, podcaster, and most importantly, a devoted husband and father. In today’s episode we discuss:·      How Jack’s early influences in life steered him toward a career as a Navy SEAL, and later bestselling author. ·      His training and preparation that was needed to successfully complete SEAL training. ·      Why and how Jack started his popular podcast and the value it has to his listeners, and himself.·      The definition of “hero” and how it has changed through the years.·      How Jack keeps his books as accurate as possible, without giving away military secrets.·      His first book Terminal List, and how it will soon be launched on Amazon Prime as a T.V. series.·      How Jack deals with negative book reviews.·      Jack’s favorite books. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Listen to Jack's Danger Close Podcast!Check out Jack Carr's books, gear, media, and blog on his website! 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
I have a treat for you guys today! It was my privilege to interview the author of; Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels, retired California Game Warden Lt. John Nores.  ​John has a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University in Criminal Justice Administration. John was awarded the Governor’s Medal of Valor for lifesaving and leadership efforts in 2007. John was a special operations lieutenant working directly at the state level, co-developing, and leading his agency’s elite tactical unit the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), and developing the CDFW’s first sniper unit aimed at combatting the most environmentally damaging criminals working within California and impacting the nation.  John and his special operations unit battled heavily fortified Mexican drug cartels in California on their illegal marijuana grow operations worth millions of dollars. John and his unit had to contend with heavily armed, well-trained cartel members who often deployed Viet Nam war era boobytraps and engaged John and his team in intense firefights. These criminals use toxic chemicals that are banned in this country destroying the land and wildlife on location and away. In today’s episode we discuss:·      How John started his career in law enforcement, more specifically the job of game warden. ·      John explains the job duties of game warden.·      The training and preparation needed for this physically and mentally demanding job.·      We discuss his book; Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels, and his two other books.·      How his agency cooperated with state, federal, and tribal law enforcement.·      Trespass grow operations and the tactics used to fight these life-threatening operations, including K-9s and air support.·      What was discovered in and around these operations including booby traps, dead bodies, and religious shrines.·      The incredibly harmful impact on the environment from these illegal grow operations when they steal water and use banned toxic chemicals.·      The importance of hunter safety courses, even if you are not a hunter.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about John, his work, and products, at his website!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
Today we are traveling to sunny Florida where I speak with Author, Actor, Stand-Up Comic, and (retired) Los Angles Country Sheriff Sergeant Cliff Yates.Cliff Yates spent 35 years as a police officer from upstate New York to Los Angeles. For 25 years he was a cop by day and comedian by night. After being featured on a local Los Angeles tv show, he became known as L.A’s Comedy Cop. He has produced comedy specials at the Hollywood Palladium, Roxy on Sunset, and the El Portal theatre in North Hollywood. Cliff is also an author of self-help and other books.In today’s episode we discuss:·      How Cliff started his career in law enforcement. ·      What it was like growing up in a police family, especially having your dad as the chief of police in the town you lived in.·      Cliff’s journey from being a sheriff deputy in a small county, to becoming a sheriff deputy in Los Angles.·      How Cliff’s Book, “Deputy” is a must for those writers who want to get a peek inside the life of a big city cop.·      What it was like having a spouse being a sheriff’s deputy.·      His career as a stand-up comic.·      His successful transition to civilian life.·      Cliff embracing the stoic philosophy and his infectious passion for life.·      The importance of diet and exercise.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Discover more about Cliff and his books on his website. Check out Cliff's 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 groupSupport the show
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! As I record this interview it’s only a couple of days away, so to honor this day we are going to travel across the pond to the Emerald Isle to chat with my returning guest and my favorite Garda, Marie O’Halloran. Casey King is the crime writing alter-ego of crime fighter, Marie O’Halloran. She has spent over two decades as a member of the Irish Police Force, also known as the An Garda Síochána, and has a Diploma in Policing Studies. Throughout her career, she has worked on various gangland operations, drugs investigations as well as having roles of exhibits officer, community liaison officer, and Traveler liaison officer.She has previously given talks about crime writing and how to include police procedures in your novel. Marie recently received a First Class Honours in her Associate Degree/Higher Diploma in Coaching/Coaching Psychology from University College Cork and is currently undertaking a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Wellbeing. Marie established Soul on Fire International Coaching and Mentoring, through which she gives talks on post-traumatic growth and wellbeing to charitable organizations.As a crime writer, Casey is represented by London agent, Kate Nash, of Kate Nash Literary Agency. She writes police procedurals, gangland crime thrillers, crime comedies, and psychological thrillers. Her novels are currently under consideration.In today’s episode we discuss:·      How Marie started her career path with the Garda. ·      The different career paths available in the Garda including detective bureau, K-9 officer, forensic investigations, and motorcycle patrol.·      What has been done about serious gang violence in Ireland.·      Who investigates serious crimes spread out in Ireland.·      How the job has changed her as a person and her interactions with friends and family.·      The unique challenges faced by female Garda.·      The process involved in obtaining a search warrant in Ireland.·      Marie’s Masters in Mindfulness-Based Wellbeing studies. ·      Marie’s Soul on Fire organization.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Come visit Marie on her Facebook page.Check out Marie on Twitter and Linkendon. Checkout last years episode with Marie on St. Patrick's day!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
In Today’s episode, we travel to St. Petersburg Florida to chat with Author Nathan Van Coops.Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg, Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. When not tinkering on old airplanes, he writes heroic adventure stories that explore imaginative new worlds. He is the author of the time travel adventure series In Times Like These, and Paradox PI, as well as The Skylighter Adventures. His recent series, Kingdom of Engines explores a swashbuckling alternate history where the modern and medieval collide. Click here for your free copy of "Clockwise Gone"In today’s episode we discuss:·      Nathan’s cross-country road trip in a vintage Volkswagen Bug. ·      His time-traveling books that are a mix of old-time P.I. novels and Blade Runner.·      How Nathan keeps his readers engaged in his stories.·      How Nathan works his own life into his books.·      Why Nathan chooses to remain a part time writer and keep his day job.·      Marketing tips for authors who write in a small niche.·      How having his own podcast for three years was beneficial, and not so beneficial. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Nathans website to learn more about him and his awesome books!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
Dr. Katherine Ramsland has never second-guessed her career decisions. It's a good thing because they have been some of the best decisions she has ever made.  Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 69 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Dr. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Her trips cross-country riding a motorcycle and hitchhiking. ·      Is there pure evil, and can it be fixed or controlled?·      The path that Dr. Ramsland took winding up in the field of forensic psychology and chatting with serial killers.·      How her career path affected her own mental health.·      What it was like working in Hollywood being an advisor or executive producer.·      Are there any movies or T.V. shows that accurately depict extreme offenders? How about Dexter and Hannibal Lecter?·      Dr. Ramsland’s work with Serial Killer Dennis Rader AKA The BTK Killer.·      Psychological Autopsy. What are they, when are they used, and who conducts them?·      Being subjected to all this trauma, who takes care of the doctor?·      How Dr. Ramsland as a writer, has produced an immense amount of content on a consistent basis. ·      Dr. Ramsland’s new fiction series.  ·      How you can avoid becoming the victim of a crime. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Dr. Ramsland on her Facebook page.Check out Dr. Ramsland's books. 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 groupCheck out episode #46 of the Cops and Writers Podcast with Mike Roche!Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)
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