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Writers On The Beat: Crime Writers and Crime Fighters

Writers On The Beat: Crime Writers and Crime Fighters

By Gavin Reese

Gavin Reese interviews authors and experts to help all writers compose more authentic cops, crimes, and criminals in their stories. During his law enforcement career, Gavin comforted the dying, talked dozens out of suicide, and saved domestic abuse victims from their assailants. He’s taken child rapists, murderers, and human traffickers into police custody, and enjoyed the distinct honor of protecting visiting foreign royalty and national American political figures from both sides of the aisle. He's worked in Patrol, Training, SWAT, Special Investigations, Narcotics, & Dignitary Protection.
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Former Cop and Acclaimed Author Aaron Philip Clark on Writing Crime Fiction
Former Cop and Acclaimed Author Aaron Philip Clark on Writing Crime Fiction
For this episode of Writers On The Beat, acclaimed author and screenwriter Aaron Philip Clark steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Aaron is a native son of Los Angeles, and he’s written works acclaimed by some of the heaviest hitters in writing today. Prior to putting pen to paper, he worked for the LAPD, and his experiences there informed his first fiction novel that came out last fall, entitled UNDER COLOR OF LAW. The main character, Trevor Finnegan, made critical errors during his rookie year that both set his career in motion and haunt his conscience. The second installment in this series, BLUE LIKE ME, releases in the fall of 2022. In this episode, Aaron and host Gavin Reese discuss writing authentic crime fiction, creating relatable and gripping characters, and who Aaron would want investigating his own homicide. Aaron’s works: https://www.amazon.com/stores/aaron-philip-clark/author/B075j8wrq6 Aaron’s site: http://aaronphilipclark.com/ Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #mystery #secretagent #gavinthecop #gavinreese #espionage #spy #spies #fictionalcrime #crimefiction #cheapfiction #budgetfiction #amwritingmystery #race #bluelikeme #blackcops #LAPD #redemption #salvation #murder #corruption #detectivefiction
29:53
February 15, 2022
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Debut Novelist and History PhD Peter Mann on Historical Fiction
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Debut Novelist and History PhD Peter Mann on Historical Fiction
Acclaimed debut novelist Peter Mann steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Host Gavin Reese has questions. Peter better have the answers. Peter Mann has a Ph.D. in Modern European History and is a recipient of the Whiting Dissertation Fellowship. He teaches history and literature at Stanford and the University of San Francisco, and he’s also a graphic artist. Peter regularly creates and publishes “The Quixote Syndrome” comic strip. In this episode, Peter and host Gavin Reese discuss genre, reader expectations, crafting complex and flawed characters, and the historical inspiration for this unique story. Get THE TORQUED MAN now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09294LKBQ/ Peter’s site and works: https://petermannbooks.com/ Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #gavinreese #gavinthecop #policeprocedural #writersofinstagram #conspiracyfiction #thrillerfiction #petermann #fiction #thriller #espionage #historicalfiction #WWII #VicheyFrance #acclaimed #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingthrillers #amreadingfiction #amreadingespionage #history #literarynoir #darkcomedy #originalstory #originalstories #queerstories #torquedman #thetorquedman #historicalfiction #spies #Awehr #frankryan #operationsealion
29:28
January 11, 2022
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Retired US Army LTC Brad Taylor on END OF DAYS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Retired US Army LTC Brad Taylor on END OF DAYS
Acclaimed international bestseller Brad Taylor steps in the Interrogation Room to try to get his story straight. Brad retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010 after more than twenty-one years of service. He spent of that with the 1stSpecial Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. His last assignment was as an assistant professor of military science at The Citadel. Brad’s written fifteen New York Times bestsellers, and he’s back with the 16th full-length installment in his popular Pike Logan series. The latest release is called “End of Days,” and it relies heavily on Brad’s expertise in asymmetric warfare and security threat protection. In this episode, Brad and host Gavin Reese discuss research on lockdown, writing authentic, experience-based fiction, keeping series characters fresh, mentors, and which fictional characters Brad wants on Task Force Taylor. Get END OF DAYS now: https://www.amazon.com/End-Days-Logan-Novel-Thriller-ebook/dp/B0929275KP/ Brad’s site and works: https://bradtaylorbooks.com/ Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #gavinreese #gavinthecop #policeprocedural #writersofinstagram #conspiracyfiction #thrillerfiction #bradtaylor #fiction #thriller #espionage #asymmetricwar #israel #middleeast #irl #pikelogan #CIA #mossad #acclaimed #bestseller #NYTBestseller #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingthrillers #amreadingfiction #amreadingespionage #WWIII
18:26
January 11, 2022
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestselling Veterans Andrews & Wilson on WEB GRIFFIN - ROGUE ASSET
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestselling Veterans Andrews & Wilson on WEB GRIFFIN - ROGUE ASSET
Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson step into the Interrogation Room to try getting their stories straight about their latest release in the storied Presidential Agent series: W.E.B. GRIFFIN – ROGUE ASSET. Brian is a US Navy veteran, nuclear engineer, and former submarine officer. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology, holds a Master's in business from Cornell, and is a Park Leadership Fellow. He is a principal contributor at Career Authors, a site dedicated to advancing the careers of aspiring and published writers: www.careerauthors.com. Brian and Jeff co-author the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon best-selling TIER ONE thriller series, and the pair were tapped to write the W.E.B Griffin Presidential Agent Series by Putnam. Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy combat surgeon, deploying with an East Coast-based SEAL Team as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force. In this episode, Brian, Jeff, and Gavin discuss carrying on the Griffin universe, using their personal military experience to inform their writing, op-sec, and leveraging their success to help other veterans to successfully transition to civilian life. Get ROGUE ASSET now: https://www.andrews-wilson.com/books Andrews & Wilson site for books, merch, and veteran businesses worthy of your support: www.andrews-wilson.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #gavinreese #gavinthecop #policeprocedural #writersofinstagram #andrews&wilson #andrewswilson #tierone #webgriffin #rogueasset #militarythriller #amwritingmilitarythriller #SOS #charleycastillo #presidentialagent #darkintercept #shephardseries #veteranwriter #veteran #veteranowned #NYT #NYTbestseller
30:49
December 08, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: NYT Bestseller Ralph Pezzullo on memoirs and SAIGON
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: NYT Bestseller Ralph Pezzullo on memoirs and SAIGON
NYT bestseller Ralph Pezzullo steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight about his latest release, a fictionalized memoir called SAIGON. Ralph grew up globetrotting as his father’s State Department assignments changed every few years. He lived in Saigon from 1962 to ’65, during the times of the Tonkin Gulf Incident, the overthrow of President Diem, a number of other coup d’etats, and almost daily Vietcong terror attacks against Americans. Ralph was in Bolivia while Che Guevara worked to establish a guerilla training camp there, and in Nicaragua during the first days of the Sandanista Revolution. He’s also lived in Uruguay, Mexico, Washington, D.C., Colombia, and Guatemala. He made friends with the locals wherever he lived, and he sometimes found that circumstances at the street level varied greatly from those advocated at higher levels of international diplomacy. Ralph’s critically acclaimed writing has included thriller and mystery novels, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, and investigative journalism. He’s worked with directors such as Oliver Stone and James Foley, and with former CIA covert operative Gary Bernsten and former LAPD detective Steve Hodel. His latest release, SAIGON, launched on November 1st. It’s a coming of age story based on his own experiences in Saigon during the early 60s. In this episode, Ralph and host Gavin Reese discuss writing memoirs, fictionalizing personal experiences, and who would investigate Ralph's homicide. Get SAIGON now: https://www.amazon.com/Saigon-Ralph-Pezzullo-ebook/dp/B09KT8LJ7T/ Ralph’s site and works: https://ralphpezzulloauthor.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #gavinreese #gavinthecop #policeprocedural #writersofinstagram #ralphpezzulo #memoir #biography #irl #saigon #vietnam #statedept #diplomat #diplomacy #comingofage #autobiography #acclaimed #amwritingnonfiction #amwritingmemoir
32:24
November 17, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Writer David Rohlfing on Small Town Cops, Craft, and Heart Attacks
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Writer David Rohlfing on Small Town Cops, Craft, and Heart Attacks
In this episode, retired businessman David Rohfling steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. The first thing to known about David is that he suffered a major heart attack, a “widow maker,” in 2019 and had no sign of life for 15 minutes. Doctors brought him back, but he wants you to know that getting a Coronary Calcium CT Scan might help you avoid his fate. As most people with his condition are dead, he’d prefer that you not find out the hard way that your heart needs help. Back to the show! After a long career in business that allowed him to travel to all but one continent and countless countries around the globe, David created the Detective Sasha Frank Mystery Series. The award winning first novel in the series, “Deliberate Duplicity,” released in early January 2021. The second, “Cold Consequences,” released in July 2021, and the third installment will appear in 2022. David placed his detective in suburb of Bloomington, Illinois, which brings specific story and craft elements to his tales. David and Gavin discuss writing small town and suburban cops versus bid city detectives, research and authenticity, and how you might avoid your next heart attack. David’s site and works: https://davidrohlfing.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #davidrohlfing #sashafrank #newrelease #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #gavinreese #gavinthecop #policeprocedural #copstories #warstories
40:55
November 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Marc Cameron talks Jack Ryan and TOM CLANCY: CHAIN OF COMMAND
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Marc Cameron talks Jack Ryan and TOM CLANCY: CHAIN OF COMMAND
Marc Cameron steps into the Interrogation Room with host Gavin Reese to once again try getting his story straight. Marc is a retired Deputy Chief US Marshal and a New York Times bestselling author of the Arliss Cutter, Jericho Quinn, and Jack Ryan, Sr., series. His first novel published in 2011, and he’s since added sixteen incredible collective installments to these series. His latest release is TOM CLANCY: CHAIN OF COMMAND, which launches November 16th. For this episode, Marc and Gavin discuss keeping Jack Ryan and John Clark fresh, writing relatable and objectively moral characters, and balancing authenticity with reader expectations. Get TOM CLANCY: CHAIN OF COMMAND: https://www.amazon.com/Clancy-Chain-Command-Jack-Novel/dp/0593188160/ Marc’s site: https://marccameronbooks.com Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #tomclancy #jackryan #marccameron #arlisscutter #chainofcommand #newrelease #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #usatodaybestseller #amazonbestseller #copauthor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #newyorktimesbestseller #nytbestseller #gavinreese #gavinthecop
27:54
November 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Captain and Acclaimed Crime Author Frank Zafiro
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Captain and Acclaimed Crime Author Frank Zafiro
Retired police captain and prolific, acclaimed crime author Frank Zafiro steps into the Interrogation Room to try to get his story straight. Frank writes gritty crime fiction from both sides of the badge. His works include the River City series, which features an ensemble of police officers, and the SpoCompton series that features a rotating cast of criminals. His storytelling creed is that the good guys usually win… but not always, and never without a cost. Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1986-91 in Military Intelligence as a Czechoslovak linguist. In 1993, he became a police officer in Spokane, Washington, and worked patrol and investigations before promoting into leadership roles. He was fortunate enough to command patrol officers, investigators, K-9s, and the SWAT team before retiring in 2013. From 2013-17, he taught law enforcement at the community college and university levels, as well as leadership courses as a national instructor for a prominent police institution. He also occasionally teaches a series of writing workshops. Frank earned a BA in History from Eastern Washington University in 1998, and an MS in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville in 2012. In this episode, Frank and host Gavin Reese discuss writing from their own experiences, criminals as people and characters, and balancing authenticity with reader experience. Frank's site and works: frankzafiro.com Gavin's site and works: gavinreese.com #police #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft  #craftofwriting #amwriting #amwritingfiction #policeprocedural #copstory #crimefiction #amwritingcrimefiction #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingcrimefiction #frankzafiro #rivercity  #charlie316 #gritty #fiction #hardboiled #hardboiledfiction #sempercop #gavinreese #gavinthecop #author #bestseller #authentic #authenticity
45:56
August 06, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Decorated Former US Army Ranger Officer and Acclaimed Author Ray McPadden
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Decorated Former US Army Ranger Officer and Acclaimed Author Ray McPadden
Highly decorated former US Army Ranger Officer and acclaimed author Ray McPadden steps into the Interrogation Room to try to get his story straight. Ray joined the Army in 2005 and soon earned his way into the Rangers and its elite 75th Ranger Regiment, which is considered to be the world's premier raiding force. Serving during the most combat-heavy period in this century, Ray spearheaded the first joint-strike force of Army Rangers and Navy SEALs and led his teams in a shadow war against foreign government agents. Lightning raids by helicopter, armored vehicle, and foot became his nightly routine. In 2009, he returned to the same corner of Afghanistan where he first cut his teeth in combat, only to face an unexpected enemy, one that would prove to be the greatest challenge of all. His latest release, "We March At Midnight: A War Memoir," is a textbook for authors of all genres striving to improve their reader's experience and the power of their writing. In this episode, Ray and host Gavin Reese discuss authenticity, candor, reader experience, and the underrated importance of family. Ray's site and works: raymcpadden.com Gavin's site and works: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingmentor #writingcoach #20books #20booksto50k #raymcpadden #army #ranger #rangersleadtheway #SEAL #75thrangerregiment #afghanistan #war #memoir #warstory #family #blackstone #mfa #creativewriting #nonfiction #autobiography #gwot #abad #jbad #outpost #weownthenight #gavinreese #gavinthecop
44:58
August 06, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former FBI Special Agent, Apache pilot, and Renowned Bestseller Don Bentley on Writing Jack Ryan, Jr.
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former FBI Special Agent, Apache pilot, and Renowned Bestseller Don Bentley on Writing Jack Ryan, Jr.
Former Apache pilot, FBI Special Agent, SWAT team member, and renowned bestseller Don Bentley steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Don Bentley flew Apache helicopters for the Army in South Korea, Germany, and Texas. While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, Don earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor. Following his military service, Don worked as an FBI Special Agent and was a member of the Dallas Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Since leaving the FBI, Don has worked for a number of companies that develop technology for the U.S. Special Operations Community. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, and an M.F.A in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Don is the author of the Matt Drake thriller series including WITHOUT SANCTION, THE OUTSIDE MAN, and two forth coming titles, as well as TARGET ACQUIRED, a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Jr. novel. For this episode, Don and host Gavin Reese discuss crafting characters, writing in the Jack Ryan universe, and standing in the room with Special Forces operators. Don's site: donbentleybooks.com Don's works: donbentleybooks.com/books/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works: books2read.com/ap/xMDDyO/Gavin-Reese #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writing #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #amreadingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreadingthrillers #thriller #geopolitics #technothrillers #jackryan #jackryanjr #tomclancy #donbentley #dingchavez #withoutremorse #rainbowsix #johnclark #espionage #secretagent #covertagent #covertoperative #gavinreese #gavinthecop #interview #author #writer #podcast #bestseller #mattdrake #withoutsanction #outsideman
27:44
June 07, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Assistant DA and Marine Officer Anderson Harp on Geopolitical Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Assistant DA and Marine Officer Anderson Harp on Geopolitical Thrillers
Acclaimed bestseller Anderson Harp steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Anderson writes the Will Parker thrillers, the debut novel of which, "Northern Thunder," takes places in North Korea and has been banned by the Chinese government. Anderson served in the Marines, taught artic survival, mountaineering, and was stationed around the globe. He was the Officer in Charge of the Marine's Crisis Action Team during the invasion of Afghanistan. He created the USO's Operation Thriller and did two USO tours in the Persian Gulf visiting the troops. After the military, he entered law school and was classmates with international bestseller Steve Berry. For this episode, Anderson and host Gavin Reese discuss crafting geopolitical characters, developing the craft of writing, philanthropy, and how Anderson would take along to find a missing Marine. Anderson's site:  https://andersonharp.net Anderson's works:  https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author/anderson-harp/ Gavin's site:  https://gavinreese.com Gavin's works:  https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #amreadingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreadingthrillers #thriller #geopolitics #fiction #writer #novel #author #bestseller #andersonharp #gavinreese #gavinthecop #willparker #bannedinchina #newrelease #podcast #interview #espionage #uso #operationthriller 
28:32
May 28, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Computer Scientist and Bestseller Tom Fowler on PI novels
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Computer Scientist and Bestseller Tom Fowler on PI novels
Bestselling author and computer scientist Tom Fowler steps into the  Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight with Gavin Reese. Originally  from Baltimore, Tom’s an avid fan of that city and its culture. He  works by day in the IT and computer science field, and composes gritty  PI fiction by night. His first and primary series is that of CT  Ferguson, and that main character is something of a reformed computer  hacker compelled to do good for his own self-interest. In the vein of  Robert Parker’s Spenser series, Tom offers his readers flawed heroes,  action, intrigue, and a healthy serving of snark. The latest CT  Ferguson installment, entitled BLOOD ON CANVAS, is currently available  as part of the forthcoming DEAD SILENT box set that releases on January  19. In this episode, Tom and host Gavin Reese discuss creating  unique characters, researching for authenticity, reader expectations,  and who Tom would want investigating his own murder. Get BLOOD ON CANVAS in the DEAD SILENT box set: books2read.com/DeadSilent Tom’s other works: www.amazon.com/Tom-Fowler/e/B075W5SZ23 Tom’s sites: tomfowlerwrites.com/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #mystery #detectivefiction #detective #gavinthecop #gavinreese #privateeye #procedure #fictionalcrime #crimefiction #amwritingmystery #tomfowler #bloodoncanvas #PI #criminalcase #suspense #spenser #privateeye #privateinvestigator #PIfiction #murdermystery #ctferguson #whitehat #hacker #whitehathacker #deadset #deadsilent
24:51
April 13, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Steve Berry on Politics, Writing, and History
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Steve Berry on Politics, Writing, and History
Acclaimed New York Times and international bestseller Steve Berry steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Steve has written and published 26 novels in 52 countries, and his fans have bought more than 25 million copies of his works.  Steve's latest release is entitled, "The Kaiser's Web," and it's the 16th installment in his Cotton Malone series. Like his previous works, history lies at the heart of this story and its inspiration came from a real-life, currently unsolved mystery in the last days of the Third Reich. For this episode, Steve and host Gavin Reese discuss "The Kaiser's Web," writing fact-based fiction, historical novels, and History Matters, the organization through which Steve and his wife help facilitate local historic preservation efforts.  Steve's works: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Berry/e/B001H6W6DU/ Steve's site: https://steveberrry.org Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #onwriting #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amwritingmyserty #amwritingsuspense #amwritingespionage #political #politics #politicalthriller #WWII #thekaisersweb #kaiser #steveberry #cottonmalone #history #historicalfiction #historymatters #gavinreese #gavinthecop #espionage #book #novel #author #podcast #interview #writer #nanowrimo
24:00
March 25, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Homicide Detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda on KILLER TRIGGERS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Homicide Detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda on KILLER TRIGGERS
Retired homicide Detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda steps into the Interrogation Room to get his story straight. Joe spent more than 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, most of which was in homicide. He investigated or oversaw 387 murder cases, and he and his team closed more than 92% of them before his retirement. Additional advancements in forensic science close more each year. Joe is the host of two Discovery channel shows, "Joe Kenda: Homicide Hunter" and "American Detective." He's written two books, "I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases From My Life Fighting Crime," and his latest release, entitled "Killer Triggers." For this episode, Joe and host Gavin Reese discuss the realities of investigating violent crime, the cost that police families endure, and how Joe's second career has changed his life and restored more of his humanity. Joe's works: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Kenda/e/B0748HMKY2/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #writingcoach #writingmentor #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingnonfiction #amreading #amreadingnonfiction #amwritingcops #amwritingpolice #amwritingmystery #homicide #homicidehunter #joekenda #detective #investigator #killertriggers #gavinreese #gavinthecop #americandetective #iwillfindyou
18:54
March 25, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Joel C. Rosenberg on Geopolitical Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Joel C. Rosenberg on Geopolitical Thrillers
Joel C. Rosenberg steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. To date, he’s a New York Times bestselling author with 16 novels and 5 nonfiction books to his credit, which have collectively sold more than 5 million copies. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of two news and analysis websites, www.allisrael.com and www.allarab.news. Joel worked in the geopolitical space and advised candidates in the US and Israel. Among his readers are former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former President George W. Bush, former CIA Director Porter Goss, former Delta Force Commander General Jerry Boykin, former senior White House advisor Jason Greenblatt, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Israeli Interior Minister Natan Sharansky, former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, and many other US, Israeli, Arab and other foreign leaders. Joel has addressed audiences at the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, Canadian Parliament, the European Union Parliament, and the Israeli President’s Residence. In March 2019, he was invited to meet with President Trump and Vice President Pence in the Oval Office to discuss his work. He was also a keynote speaker at the US State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom in the summer of 2019. He is the founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a nonprofit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.” Joel’s latest release is "The Beirut Protocol,” which is his fourth installment in the Marcus Ryker series. In this episode, Joel and host Gavin Reese discuss geopolitical thrillers, research and authenticity, and which fictional characters Joel would call in to rescue him from Hezbollah terrorists. Joel’s works: www.amazon.com/Joel-C-Rosenberg/e/B001IODPM2/ Joel’s site: www.joelrosenberg.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingthrillers #amreadingespionage #amwritingespionage #joelrosenberg #marcusryker #hezbollah #iran #israel #lebanon #beirut #thebeirutprotocol #terrorist #terrorism #idf, #gavinreese #gavinthecop
37:16
March 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Lee Goldberg on Writing, Characters, and Craft
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Renowned International Bestseller Lee Goldberg on Writing, Characters, and Craft
Lee Goldberg steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Lee is an international bestseller who broke into television with a freelance script sale to “Spenser: For Hire.” Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have included sci-fi (“seaQuest”), cop shows (“Hunter,” “The Glades”), martial arts (“Martial Law”), whodunits (“Diagnosis Murder,” “Nero Wolfe”), the occult (“She-Wolf of London”), kid’s shows (“R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room”), T&A (“Baywatch,” “She Spies”), and comedy (“Monk”) clip shows (“The Best TV Shows That Never Were”). Lee’s mystery writing for television has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the eight books in the “Diagnosis Murder” series of original novels. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on the television show “Monk” that have been translated and published internationally. Lee lives in Los Angeles and still sleeps in "Man From U.N.C.L.E." pajamas. His latest release is "Bone Canyon” which is his second contribution to his Eve Ronin series. In this episode, Lee and host Gavin Reese discuss police procedurals, crafting three-dimensional characters, and composing genre-breaking fiction. Lee's works: https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Goldberg/e/B000APXNDQ/ Lee's site: https://leegoldberg.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #gavinthecop #gavinreese #leegoldberg #everonin #bosch #monk #amwritingcops #amreadingcops #book #podcast #novelist #nyt #nytbestseller #detective #strongwomen #amwritingmysteries
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March 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Police Sniper, Veteran, and Bestseller Joshua Hood on Writing Robert Ludlum's Universe
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Police Sniper, Veteran, and Bestseller Joshua Hood on Writing Robert Ludlum's Universe
Joshua Hood steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. He’s the bestselling author of the Search and Destroy series, and he’s added two books to the Robert Ludlum universe in the last twelve months. Joshua graduated from the University of Memphis, joined the US Army, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division for five years as a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment. In 2005, he deployed to Iraq and conducted combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006, and from 2007 to 2008 he served as a squad leader in the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Hood was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. He worked as a cop and SWAT officer, and conducted countless stateside operations in support of the FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, and US Marshals. His latest release is "The Treadstone Exile,” which is his second contribution to the Ludlum universe. In this episode, Joshua and host Gavin Reese discuss following in Robert Ludlum’s footsteps, writing fast-paced thrillers, Tom Clancy’s influence, and what fictional characters Joshua would want on his team. Joshua's works: www.amazon.com/Joshua-Hood/e/B00P79JYEM/ Joshua's site: https://joshuahoodbooks.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #secretagent #gavinthecop #gavinreese #espionage #spy #spies #amwritingmystery #techfiction #treadstone #treadstoneexile #robertludlum #jasonbourne #adamhayes #joshuahood
26:55
March 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Publisher Jason Pinter on writing Domestic Thrillers and Publishing
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Publisher Jason Pinter on writing Domestic Thrillers and Publishing
Jason Pinter steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting his story straight. Jason is the internationally bestselling author of the Rachel Marin series (HIDE AWAY and A STRANGER AT THE DOOR) and the Henry Parker thriller series (THE MARK, THE GUILTY, THE STOLEN, THE FURY, and THE DARKNESS), as well as the acclaimed standalone thriller THE CASTLE, and two children's books. He has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards for writing, and his books have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. THE MARK has been optioned as a feature film. Jason also founded Polis Books, and Publisher Weekly named him as a distinguished future leader in the publishing industry. He has written for The New Republic, Entrepreneur, Esquire, and The Daily Beast, and been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Mystery Scene and more. His latest release is "A Stranger at the Door," and it is the second installment in his Rachel Marin domestic series. In this episode, Jason and host Gavin Reese discuss character development, the difficulties of writing domestic stories, Master Splinter, and what fictional investigators Jason would choose to save his life. Jason's works: www.amazon.com/Jason-Pinter/e/B001JRZ15C Jason's site: jasonpinter.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingdomestic #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingthrillers #amreadingdomestics #domestic #thrillers #rachelmarin #jasonpinter #bestseller #polisbooks #gavinthecop #gavinreese
23:52
March 12, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Innovator and Acclaimed USA Today Bestseller Michelle Medhat on Writing Espionage
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Innovator and Acclaimed USA Today Bestseller Michelle Medhat on Writing Espionage
Michelle Medhat, an acclaimed USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author and technology innovator, steps into the Interrogation Room to try getting her story straight with Gavin Reese. Michelle’s background has included studying law and finance at university, establishing a co-ed school in Dubai, facilitating technical innovation across the globe, and assisting various elements of the British and European governments to advocate for ethical tech adoption and development. Her bestselling fiction series cross traditional genre boundaries and earn international reader and critical acclaim. The newest installment in her Trusted Series, entitled OPERATION OYSTERCATCHER, is currently available as part of the forthcoming DEAD SILENT box set that releases on January 19. In this episode, Michelle and host Gavin Reese discuss writing espionage thrillers, keeping authentic details from overwhelming readers, composing cross-genre stories, and how once-daily death threats and surviving terrorism help her create authentic spy fiction today. Order OPERATION OYSTERCATCHER in the DEAD SILENT box set: books2read.com/DeadSilent Michelle’s other works: www.amazon.com/Michelle-Medhat/e/B00IJE5QXA Michelle’s site: forever-connected.com/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writingmentor #bestseller #author #writer #novelist #book #interview #podcast #espionage #fiction #amwritingfiction #amwriting #amwritingthrillers #thriller #secretagent #spy #michellemedhat #oystercatcher #operation #gavinthecop #gavinreese #technothriller #spythriller #spyfiction 
53:37
March 11, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: USA Today Bestseller and Writing Coach Greta Boris on Unique Characters
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: USA Today Bestseller and Writing Coach Greta Boris on Unique Characters
For this episode of Writers On The Beat, USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author Greta Boris steps into the Interrogation Room to get her story straight with Gavin Reese. Greta writes the Seven Deadly Sins series about ordinary women and unexpected evil, as well as a series of standalone psychological suspense novels that exposes the dark side of sunny Southern California. Greta is a popular conference speaker and bestselling nonfiction author of two titles, “The Wine and Chocolate Workout - Sip, Savor, and Strengthen for a Healthier Life” and “PUBLISH: Take Charge of Your Author Career,” the latter with co-author Megan Haskell. Greta co-created “The Author Wheel,” a site for writers on writing. Her latest story is entitled MORTUARY SCHOOL, and it begins a new series with a new heroine. The book is currently available as part of the forthcoming DEAD SILENT box set. In this episode, Greta and host Gavin Reese discuss creating unique, three-dimensional characters, researching for authenticity, reader turn-offs, and what complicated task force she would assign her own homicide. Read THE MORTUARY SCHOOL in the DEAD SILENT box set: https://books2read.com/DeadSilent Greta’s other works: https://www.amazon.com/Greta-Boris/e/B00ADUFSD6 Greta’s sites: http://gretaboris.com/ and https://authorwheel.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller  #mystery #detectivefiction #detective  #gavinthecop #gavinreese #mortuaryschool #procedure #fictionalcrime #crimefiction #amwritingmystery #gretaboris #mortuaryschool #askamortician #criminalcase #suspense #strongwomen #medicalthriller #medicalstory #medicalfiction #deadset #deadsilent
23:30
January 11, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Doctor of Nursing and Critically Acclaimed Bestseller Judith Lucci on Authenticity and Characters
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Doctor of Nursing and Critically Acclaimed Bestseller Judith Lucci on Authenticity and Characters
Critically acclaimed USA Today and Amazon international bestselling Judith Lucci steps into the Interrogation Room with Gavin Reese to get her story straight. Judith loves to write about killing people, just the opposite of what she spent her professional life doing. Born in Virginia, Judith earned graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. She has written numerous academic and health-related articles and documents, and worked as a nurse, educator, and college professor before becoming an acclaimed and beloved novelist. Her award-winning fiction spans several genres and includes the Michaela McPherson crime series, the Alexandra Destephano medical thriller series, Sonia Amon medical thriller series, the Women of Valor series, and her Artsy Chicks Cozy mystery series. Her latest story is a Michaela McPherson installment entitled THE CASE OF THE MISSING PARTS, and it’s currently available as part of the forthcoming DEAD SILENT box set. In this episode, Judith and host Gavin Reese discuss creating three-dimensional characters, presenting authentic medical realities without excessive gore, and who she would assign her own murder. Pre-order THE CASE OF THE MISSING PART in the DEAD SILENT box set for only $0.99: books2read.com/DeadSilent Judith’s other works: www.amazon.com/Judith-Lucci/e/B00AUVN0GK Judith’s site: www.judithlucci.com Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amwritingcrime #amreadingcrime #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller  #mystery #detectivefiction #detective  #gavinthecop #gavinreese #missingparts #procedure #fictionalcrime #crimefiction #amwritingmystery #judithlucci #k9 #animalfiction #k9fiction #criminalcase #suspense #strongwomen #deadset #deadsilent
23:31
January 07, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed USA Today and International Bestseller Dan Petrosini on Reader Experience
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed USA Today and International Bestseller Dan Petrosini on Reader Experience
For this episode of Writers On The Beat, acclaimed USA Today and Amazon international bestseller Dan Petrosini steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. Dan wrote his first story at the age of ten.. Having written and published more than twenty novels, his works include several standalones and twelve installments of his Detective Luca Mystery Series. Despite having no personal law enforcement experience, Dan’s research and technical advisors allow him to compose very realistic stories and craft complex, relatable characters and investigators. In addition to writing fiction, he also believes in transmitting a contagious positivity to the outside world, and Dan likes to remind those around him to exorcise negativity from their lives. His latest story is a prequel to the Detective Luca Series entitled THE BARROW CASE, and it’s currently available as part of the forthcoming DEAD SILENT box set. Pre-order THE BARROW CASE in the DEAD SILENT box set for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/DeadSilent Dan’s other works: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Petrosini/e/B004LYEJ9E Dan’s site: https://danpetrosini.com Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #technothriller #danpetrosini #detectiveluca #mystery #detectivefiction #detective  #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #procedure #floridacrime #fictionalcrime #crimefiction #amwritingmystery #amwritingcops
21:14
January 06, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed USA Today Bestseller Fiona Quinn on Craft and Crossovers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed USA Today Bestseller Fiona Quinn on Craft and Crossovers
Fiona Quinn is a five-time USA Today bestselling author, a Kindle Scout winner, and has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 author in multiple categories. For those adamant adherents to the adage of writing what you know, it seems that Fiona knows about nearly everything. She has four college degrees, instructs Reiki and archery, and is qualified as a Second-Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt. Fiona’s also involved in the search-and-rescue community, has restored a shotgun house built in 1887, and successfully trained a medical alert service dog. Fiona’s also advocated for those impacted by suicide and homicide in the court system. Six of her eight current series take place in the same Iniquuis universe and include the Lynx, Strike Force, Uncommon Enemies, Kate Hamilton Mysteries, and FBI Joint Task Force Series. In this episode, Fiona and host Gavin Reese discuss balancing authenticity and reader experience, the magic of crossovers, why her writing studio looks like it belongs to a conspiracy theorist. GET "RELIC" IN THE DEAD SILENT BOX SET: books2read.com/DeadSilent Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingfiction #medicalfiction #amreadingthrillers #fiction #iniquuis #fionaquinn #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #writewhatyouknow # #gavinthecop #gavinreese #deadsilent #boxset #omnibus
24:21
January 06, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired LTC and Acclaimed International Bestseller Brad Taylor on Geopolitics in Technothrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired LTC and Acclaimed International Bestseller Brad Taylor on Geopolitics in Technothrillers
Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Brad Taylor steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Brad served more than 21 years in the US Army, including 8 in the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (aka, Delta Force). His Pike Logan series has won over critics and readers alike, and his writing has sold millions of copies worldwide. The latest installment in that effort is entitled AMERICAN TRAITOR and features reality-based geopolitical conflict with China and its interests. In this episode, Brad and host Gavin Reese discuss geopolitics, China's Belton Road Initiative, character development, and leveraging household bots for intelligence and malice. Brad's works: https://www.amazon.com/Brad-Taylor/e/B003UQZJ2U/ Brad's site: https://bradtaylorbooks.com/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingthrillers #espionage #fiction #bestseller #writer #author #thriller #technothriller #bradtaylor #pikelogan #bestspynovels #tomclancy #jackryan #gavinthecop #gavinreese #china #beltonroad #taiwan #geopolitics #military #spies #spy #spynovels #spyfiction #taskforce
13:49
January 06, 2021
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Marc Cameron discusses Jack Ryan and Authenticity
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Marc Cameron discusses Jack Ryan and Authenticity
International bestseller and critically acclaimed wordsmith Marc Cameron stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his craft and writing. Marc writes the Jericho Quinn series, the Arless Cutter series, and, since 2016, the Jack Ryan, Sr., series in the Tom Clancy universe. He retired from more than three decades of law enforcement and last served as a Chief Deputy US Marshal. For this episode, Marc and host Gavin Reese discuss his latest release, TOM CLANCY: SHADOW OF THE DRAGON;  keeping Mr. Clancy's characters fresh and relevant; international research in the age of COVID; and which fictional investigators and assassins he would call in to get him out of a bind. Marc's site and works: https://marccameronbooks.com/ Gavin's site and works: https://gavinreese.com/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writing #amwriting #amwritingthrillers #amwritingespionage #amwritingsuspense #amwritingaction #espionage #jackryan #tomclancy #marccameron #shadowofthedragon #spynovels #bestseller #podcast #interview #author #novelist #nanowrimo #mentor #authenticity #research #fiction #amreading #amreadingfiction #amwritingfiction #thriller #suspense #technothriller #CIA #China #PLAN #navy #blackops 
33:10
November 17, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller and former attorney Robert Dugoni on Craft & Espionage
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller and former attorney Robert Dugoni on Craft & Espionage
Acclaimed international bestseller and former practicing attorney Robert Dugoni steps into the Interrogation Room to answer some questions about his writing, craft, and research during COVID. For this episode, Robert and host Gavin Reese discuss the origin story of his character Charles Jenkins, Russia's longterm pull for Jenkins' stories, and his journey from aspiring author to acclaimed bestseller. For THE LAST AGENT and Robert's works: https://www.robertdugonibooks.com/the-last-agent For Gavin's site, works, and donation efforts: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #writer #amwriting #amwritingsuspense #amwritingmystery #amwritingthriller #amwritingfiction #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingsuspense #amreadingmystery #amreadingthriller #mentor #author #bestseller #novel #podcast #interview #writersofinstagram #publicorruption #journalism #fiction #novelist #gavinreese #gavinthecop #thelastagent #theeighthsister #amazonpublishing #robertdugoni #russia #espionage #spy #spynovels
31:14
November 06, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Brad Parks on JOURNALISM and INTERFERENCE
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Brad Parks on JOURNALISM and INTERFERENCE
Acclaimed international bestseller Brad Parks steps into the Interrogation Room to discuss writing, craft, and his most recent thriller, INTERFERENCE. In this episode, Brad and host Gavin Reese discuss point-of-view, mentors, fear and desperation, their respective experiences with public corruption, and why Court Gentry would avenge Brad's murder.
35:18
November 05, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author and Paralegal Mary Keliikoa on PI Novels
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author and Paralegal Mary Keliikoa on PI Novels
Author and paralegal Mary Keliikoa steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing and her craft. Mary spent more than a decade working in the legal system, and she's used that personal experience and professional network to write DERAILED, a first-person PI novel about investigator Kelly Pruett. Pruett has a deaf daughter, inherited a PI business from her father before she feels prepared to run it, and a desperate mother has just hired Pruett to find her daughter's killer.  In this episode, Mary and host Gavin Reese discuss writing in first person, using personal experience to further her fiction, character development, and her road from aspiring writer to published author. Mary's work: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Keliikoa/e/B084Y77521 Mary's site: https://marykeliikoa.com/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #craftofwriting #writingcraft #writingmentor #writingcoach #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingmystery #amwritingmurder #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingmystery #kellypruett #marykeliikoa #pi #privatei #privateeye #investigator #investigation #homicide #murder #gavinthecop #gavinreese
19:07
July 06, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Mike Maden on SUCCESS & TECHNOTHRILLERS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed International Bestseller Mike Maden on SUCCESS & TECHNOTHRILLERS
Acclaimed international bestseller Mike Maden steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Mike grew up in rural California, earned his Ph.D. studying politics and international conflict, and decided to answer his call to write after turning 40. He's written the bestselling DRONE series and has contributed four installments to the Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan universe since 2017. His latest project there is called "TOM CLANCY - FIRING POINT," and it may well stand among the best of all 29 books in that series. In this episode, Mike and host Gavin Reese discuss FIRING POINT, writing Jack Ryan novels, work ethic, artificial intelligence, individual voice, and which fictional investigators Mike would call to help him investigate a friend's murder. MIke's works: www.amazon.com/Mike-Maden/e/B00EABOULU Mike's site: www.mikemaden.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #technothriller #tomclancy #jackryan #mikemaden #firingpoint #writingcoach #author #advice #authoradvice #workethic #indieauthor #bestseller #espionage #murder #homicide #bombing #spain #catalonia #independence #ai #drone #artificialintelligence #robot #conspiracy #shapeshifter #johnclark #sherlockholmes #benedictcumberbatch #cumberbatch #gavinreese #gavinthecop
44:09
June 29, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author & Editor Adam Dunn on Geopolitical Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author & Editor Adam Dunn on Geopolitical Thrillers
Adam Dunn steps into the Interrogation Room to answer questions about his writing, editing, and process, and how that specifically helped him create his latest release, entitled "Fractus Europa." Adam's an accomplished author and editor who’s written the "More" Series, which includes the novels "Rivers of Gold," "The Big Dogs," and "Saint Underground." "Fractus Europa" is a collection of stories Adam coedited with the late Eric C. Anderson, a former US intelligence officer and author of the "New Caliphate" trilogy and a cyberthriller called "Byte." "Fractus Europa" features stories from a number of accomplished authors, journalists, and professionals, and includes tales of American journalists uncovering Russian secrets in Moscow, healthcare workers struggling to keep the NHS system afloat in post-Brexit England, and a Ukrainian soldier reconciling his pre- and post-war identities. In this episode, Adam and host Gavin Reese discuss the potential near-future of Europe and the EU; helping professionals and specialists write reality-based fiction for the first time; economic turbulence as a driving and inspiring force for fiction writers; the necessity of humor amid dark fiction; how Dick Marchenko retasked the traditional detective story; and how governments may effectively retool their citizen workforce to sustain work in a robotics-based economy. This is an incredibly important episode for thriller authors who want to compose stories that seemingly predict tomorrow's headlines today. Fractus Europa: https://www.amazon.com/Fractus-Europa-Stories-Peter-Heather-ebook/dp/B084NYBDB9/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #wrriterscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #bestseller #author #writer #novel #novelist #book #podcast #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amwritingespionage #espionage #amreading #amreadingthrillers #amreadingespionage #journalisy #investigation #corrupt #eu #russia #hungary #moneylaundering #organizedcrime #followthemoney #crimewriters #crimewriting #crime #murder #missing #sarpenko #ukraine #crimea #china #fiatmoney #fallofrome #romeisburning #fractuseuropa #europe 
47:41
May 12, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestsellers Imogen Kealey discuss Historical Thrillers, Screenplays, Craft, and Co-Writing
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestsellers Imogen Kealey discuss Historical Thrillers, Screenplays, Craft, and Co-Writing
The writing team known as Imogen Kealy stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about their writing, craft, and co-writing partnership. Comprised of American screenwriter Darby Kealey and British novelist and television director Imogen Robertson, their first project is entitled LIBERATION, and it details a part of the story of real-life WWII hero Nancy Wake. Darby and his producer first found Ms. Wake’s story and he composed a screenplay which is currently being adapted into a feature film by Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway. In addition to discussing craft elements essential to screenwriting and concise creative works, our conversation touched on a number of topics relevant to every novelist who wants to turn their words into market success. This is among the most informative episodes of this podcast, and you'll notice the bias for Nancy and her story. In this episode, Imogen, Darby, and Gavin Reese discussed co-writing partnerships; critical elements of fiction and screenplays; the accuracy demanded of historical fiction and thrillers; and their hopes that writers help pay tribute to more under-sung heroes like Nancy Wake. LIBERATION: www.amazon.com/Liberation-Imogen…ok/dp/B07W54CKFD/ Nancy Wake autobiography: https://www.amazon.com/White-Mouse-Nancy-Wake-ebook/dp/B00B3OBVWS/ Nancy Wake biography by Peter FitzSimmons: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HFBG5E/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritinghistory #amwritingthrillers #amwritingsuspense #historicalfiction #historicalthriller #truestory #screenplay #annehathaway #TheBlacklist #sheroes #WWII #espionage #frenchresistence #frenchunderground #nancywake #liberation #thewhitemouse #imogenkealey #imogenrobertson #darbykealey #showdonttell #getinlate #book #podcast #interview #director #screenwriter #author #bestseller #novel #novelist #creativewriting #historicalwriting  #gavinthecop #gavinreese
31:34
May 04, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Expat and Acclaimed Debut Author Elle Marr discusses Paris
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Expat and Acclaimed Debut Author Elle Marr discusses Paris
Debut author Elle Marr steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing, craft, and research. Originally from Sacramento, California, Elle spent considerable time and effort exploring Southern California’s urban wilderness before ex-patting to France. She lived in Paris for three wine-and-cheese-filled years, during which she earned a master’s degree from Sorbonne University. Now back in the US, Elle lives and writes near Portland, Oregon, and her first published story is not to be missed.  For this episode, Elle and host Gavin Reese discuss her experiences as an ex-pat and master's student in France; self-taught writing craft; the Paris underbelly; and who Elle would choose to investigate her homicide.  #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthrillers #amwritingsuspense #fiction #mystery #thriller #suspense #expat #paris #france #catacombs #themissingsister #ellemarr #sorbonne #normandy #gavinthecop #gavinreese #nanowrimo #20booksto50k
21:24
May 04, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Army Ranger & Police Sniper Joshua Hood on TREADSTONE
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Army Ranger & Police Sniper Joshua Hood on TREADSTONE
Former Army Ranger and police sniper Joshua Hood steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up some questions on his writing and craft. His latest release, THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION, continues Robert Ludlum's beloved Bourne series with a new character, Adam Hayes. For this episode, Josh and host Gavin Reese discuss his journey to becoming a bestseller; his work ethic; realities of police and military life; and who should investigate Josh's hypothetical murder. Josh's works: www.amazon.com/Joshua-Hood/e/B00P79JYEM Josh's site: joshuahoodbooks.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #writerscoach #wtiersmentor #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writer #author #novel #novelist #bestseller #treadstone #bourne #jasonbourne #ludlum #robertludlum #resurrection #joshuahood #joshhood #torturedauthor #police #sniper #ranger #army #82nd #airborne #gavinreese #gavinthecop 
43:01
March 16, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Hilary Davidson on Craft & Characters
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Hilary Davidson on Craft & Characters
Hilary Davidson steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her characters and craft. Hilary is a Toronto-born travel journalist who migrated to NYC in October 2001, and she has since become the bestselling author of numerous nonfictions, standalone thrillers, and crime series novels. Her latest release is entitled DON'T LOOK DOWN, and it's an incredible, suspenseful thriller worthy of two reads: treat yourself the first time for entertainment, and then take a second dive through for a master class on writing intrigue, suspense, and unforgettable characters.  For this episode of Writers On The Beat, Hilary and host Gavin Reese discuss DON'T LOOK DOWN; the crafting of effective opening scenes; research and character development; and what fictional investigators Hilary would call to assist her with a criminal investigation. Hilary's works: https://www.amazon.com/Hilary-Davidson/e/B0034PUF1C Hilary's site: https://www.HilaryDavidson.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://www.gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #author #writer #novel #novelist #tucsonfestival #tucson #festivalofbooks #TFOB #uarizona #craft #writing #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingsuspense #amwritingthrillers #amreading #amreadingfiction #amreadingsuspense #amreadingthrillers #police #policeprocedural #crimewriter #crimewriting #crime #detective #murder #homicide #domestic #blackmail #extortion #revenge #dontlookdown #hilarydavidson #femalewriter #womenauthor #shewrites #gavinreese #gavinthecop
29:58
March 12, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller & Former SpecOps LTC Brad Taylor on Characters
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller & Former SpecOps LTC Brad Taylor on Characters
Acclaimed bestseller and former Green Beret LTC Brad Taylor steps back into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Brad Taylor grew up in rural Texas, graduated from UT, and commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He served more than 21 years, held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions that included eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, and retired as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. For his final assignment, Brad served as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master's of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School with a concentration in Irregular Warfare. When not writing, Brad serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. Brad's debut novel, "One Rough Man," launched the Pike Logan series to immediate success in 2011. After 14 installments and nearly 3 million copies sold, the series consistently hits the New York Times bestseller list. For this episode of Writers On The Beat, Brad and host Gavin Reese discussed character development; keeping a series fresh and relevant; research techniques; and who Brad trusts to save him in a hostage crisis. Brad's works: https://www.amazon.com/Brad-Taylor/e/B003UQZJ2U Brad's site: bradtaylorbooks.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writerscoach #writingcoach #writersmentor #author #novelist #novel #thriller #espionage #secretagent #govtagent #gman #taskforce #thetaskforce #extralegal #murder #rulesofengagement #roe #roes #russia #brazil #collusion #meddling #nearabroad #wagner #nextworldwar #nextcoldwar #pikelogan #bradtaylor #bradtaylorbooks #gavinreese #gavinthecop #covertops #covert #hunterkiller
22:06
March 07, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Ninja Tori Eldridge on Gritty Authenticity
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller and Ninja Tori Eldridge on Gritty Authenticity
Thriller writer Tori Eldridge stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing, craft, and authenticity. Tori is the recipient of the 2019 Thriller Book of the Year by AOTA Global Radio Network and nominee for the Lefty Award’s Best Debut Mystery Novel. She has had several short stories and a non-fiction book on empowerment published, and Tori's a semi-finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship for her screenplay The Gift. Born in Honolulu, Tori has performed, danced, and sung on Broadway, TV, and film. She is a wonderful mix of Hawaiian, Chinese, Norwegian ethnicities and holds a fifth-degree black belt in To-Shin Do ninjutsu. She’s traveled throughout the US teaching seminars on the ninja arts, weapons, and women's self-protection. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, which is where she’s based her current Lily Wong series. The debut release is titled The Ninja Daughter and its sequel comes out September 2020. For this episode, Tori and host Gavin Reese discussed her background in writing, study, and creative craft; her extensive studies of To-Shindo Ninjitsu; mentoring women to lead empowered, confident lives; creating complex characters like Lily Wong; and what fictional characters she would wish to her rescue. Tori's works: www.amazon.com/Tori-Eldridge/e/B00FIOXH9Y Tori's site: torieldridge.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #writingcoach #writingmentor #lilywong #ninja #ninjadaughter #torieldridge #gavinreese #gavinthecop #vigilante #amateursleuth #revenge #justice #toshindo #moralityofviolence #morality #violence
42:48
February 06, 2020
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Hank Phillippi Ryan on Journalism & Craft
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Hank Phillippi Ryan on Journalism & Craft
Critically acclaimed bestseller and longtime investigative journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her writing and craft. Hank began work as a reporter more than four decades ago, and her efforts have made a substantial and meaningful difference in the lives of her Boston-area neighbors. Her eleven bestsellers are frequently submitted for numerous literary awards, and they routinely earn acclaim from fans and critics alike. For this episode, Hank and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss her recent release, THE MURDER LIST; her point-of-view choices and character development; conflict in thrillers; her just-finished 12th-novel draft; and who should investigate her hypothetical murder. Hank's works: www.amazon.com/Hank-Phillippi-Ryan/e/B001T2BNEA/ Hank's site: hankphillippiryan.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writerscoach #writingmentor #writersmentor #amwritingfiction #domesticsuspense #legalthriller #thriller #murder #homicide #bestseller #author #novelist #murderlist #hankpryan #hpryan #hankphillippiryan #reporter #journalist #investigation #eyewitness #investigator #privateeye #privatei #privateinvestigator #gavinreese #gavinthecop
36:41
December 27, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller Daniel H. Wilson discusses MICHAEL CRICHTON
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller Daniel H. Wilson discusses MICHAEL CRICHTON
Daniel H. Wilson steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Daniel is a Cherokee citizen and author of the NYT bestselling "Robopocalypse" and its sequel "Robogenesis," as well as "How to Survive a Robot Uprising," "The Clockwork Dynasty," and "Amped." He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Machine Learning and Robotics. His latest novel is an authorized stand-alone sequel to Michael Crichton’s classic "The Andromeda Strain," called "The Andromeda Evolution."  For this episode, Daniel and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss carrying on Crichton's incredible legacy; writing in his own voice; the most likely avenue to the robot uprising; and why androids should investigate his murder.  Daniel's works:   https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-H-Wilson/e/B001JP1TYG Daniel's site:   https://danielhwilson.com Gavin's works:  https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site:   https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingmentor #writingcoach #amwritingfiction #amwriting #amreading #andromeda #andromedastrain #andromedaevolution #michaelcrichton #crichton #danielhwilson #robotics #scifi #sciencefiction #gavinthecop #gavinreese
31:07
December 27, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Secret Service Special Agent and Critically Acclaimed Bestseller JJ Hensley
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Secret Service Special Agent and Critically Acclaimed Bestseller JJ Hensley
   Critically acclaimed bestseller JJ Hensley stepped into the Interrogation Room,  just to clear a few things up.  JJ's published works include a short story and five novels, counting the recently released RECORD SCRATCH. His debut novel, RESOLVE, was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Awards – Best First Novel. JJ has worked as a local cop, a special agent with the US Secret Service, and now works for FLETC, the Federal Law Enforce Training Center.  In this episode, JJ and host Gavin Reese discuss the realities of Secret Service work, how his previous experience as a cop and Special Agent invade his work, and how Agatha Christie ruined the crime genre for all of us. JJ's works: https://www.amazon.com/J-J-Hensley/e/B00E5VOHMW/ JJ's blog: https://hensleybooks.wordpress.com/category/welcome/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ For more information: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #usss #secretservice #specialagent #fletc 
27:51
November 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Iconic Bestseller Stephen Coonts on Writing & Craft
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Iconic Bestseller Stephen Coonts on Writing & Craft
Thriller icon and acclaimed bestseller Stephen Coonts steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. Stephen studied political science before commissioning into the US Navy and entering flight training. In 1969, he joined an A-6 Intruder Attack Squadron, completed two combat cruises aboard the USS Enterprise, and later served as an A6 flight instructor. Steven left the navy in 1977 and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1979. In 1986, Naval Institute Press published his first novel, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, and it spent 28 weeks on the NYT bestseller list before appearing on the big screen in 1991. He’s since been published in nearly four-dozen novels, nonfictions, and anthologies. Steve co-authored a nonfiction entitled Dragon’s Jaw that published in May, and his most recent novel, THE RUSSIA ACCOUNT, just released last month. For this episode, Stephen and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed the longevity of Jake Grafton and the impact of his stories; the study of creative writing and critical elements of fiction; his advice for aspiring writers; and why Nero Wolf should investigate Stephen's homicide. Stephen's works: www.amazon.com/Stephen-Coonts/e/B000AP701W Stephen's site: www.coonts.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #writersblock #writerscoach #writersmentor #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #noir #1stpov #pov #writer #author #novelist #bestseller #icon #stephencoonts #therussiaaccount #russiaaccount #russia #jakegrafton #cia #moneylaundering #orgcrime #organizedcrime #mob #russianmob #estonia #estoniabank #mafia #russianmafia #euromafia #euromob #gavinthecop #gavinreese
34:57
November 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Lisa Regan on Writing
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Lisa Regan on Writing
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller Lisa Regan steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing and craft. Lisa writes the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University, and Lisa's a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America. Her first Josie Quinn novel, entitled VANISHING GIRLS, is set for re-release on November 26th. For this episode, Lisa and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss conflict and tension; researching cop characters; realities of big-city police agencies; and who Lisa prefers to work her own homicide. Lisa's works: www.amazon.com/Lisa-Regan/e/B009YY091I/ Lisa's site: www.lisaregan.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY *BREAKTHROUGH PROMOTIONS* www.breakthroughpromotions.net #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writersblock #writingcoach #writingmentor #writer #author #vanishinggirls #lisaregan #josiequinn #breakthroughpromos #breakthrough #bestseller #gavinthecop #gavinreese #detectivefiction #amwritingfiction #amwriting #nanowrimo #murdermystery #missing #thevanished #kidnapped #itw #sistersincrime 
26:33
November 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestselling Author and Educator Dan Petrosini on Research & Motivation
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestselling Author and Educator Dan Petrosini on Research & Motivation
Author and educator Dan Petrosini steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Dan has traveled the globe extensively and plucks ideas for novels from his experiences and observations. Perpetually in the midst of another book, Dan has taught at several colleges in the Northeast and splits his time between Florida and New York City where he was born. His most recent release, UNCERTAIN STAKES, features Detective Luca of the Collier County Sheriff's Office in Southwest Florida, which is the real-life home of a portion of Everglades National Park, the city of Naples, and Marco Island. As Book 9 in that series, UNCERTAIN STAKES published on October 8. For this episode, Dan and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed character development; research and writing from experience; motivation and writer's block; and why Dan believes revenge is best when it's overdone. Dan's works: www.amazon.com/Dan-Petrosini/e/B004LYEJ9E/ Dan's site: danpetrosini.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writersblock #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #noir #authenticity #research #motivation #writingcoach #writingmentor #danpetrosini #uncertainstakes #lucamystery #colliercounty #gavinthecop #gavinreese
36:08
November 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Kate Kessler on Anti-Heroes
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Kate Kessler on Anti-Heroes
Acclaimed novelist Kate Kessler steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing and craft. A self-confessed former juvenile delinquent, Kate grew up in a north-east rural town reading Nancy Drew and Sidney Sheldon thrillers, and she began writing her own books the following year. Kate blames a young addiction to soap operas and an overblown sense of curiosity for often landing her in trouble in her teens. She now prefers to only write about trouble and claims to spend much of her time trying to figure out why people do the things they do. Her first series about a woman named Audrey Hart explored some of the darker sides of humanity, and her latest release in a new series, entitled SEVEN CROWS, features recently released convict and parolee Killian Delaney. Having just released last month, this novel forces its protagonist into a morally impossible choice and compels her to risk everything precious in her life. For this episode, Kate and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss SEVEN CROWS; developing authentic, dark anti-heroes; female characters and fight scenes; John Wick; and why Sherlock Holmes won't be called to investigate Kate's murder. Kate's works: www.amazon.com/Kate-Kessler/e/B0198PKTNA Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #authentic #writersresearch #research #fiction #author #writer #novelist #dark #antihero #darkfiction #gavinthecop #gavinreese #katekessler #sevencrows #killiandelaney
36:36
November 06, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Naturalist & Author Paul Rosolie discusses THE WILD
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Naturalist & Author Paul Rosolie discusses THE WILD
**CHARITY ALERT -- PAUL'S PUBLISHER DONATES $1 OF EVERY PURCHASE TO HELP PAUL BUILD AND PROTECT TIGER HABITATS** Acclaimed filmmaker, naturalist, and author Paul Rosolie steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and the experience of a life spent in the wild. Specializing in the western Amazon for nearly a decade, Paul runs a conservation project called "Tamandua Expeditions" to support rain forest conservation through tourism. His work has taken him to the last few dark places left on the globe, and Paul states his mission as an author is to blend adventure and conservation to reach a broader audience. He's previously released a nonfiction entitled MOTHER OF GOD: AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY INTO THE UNCHARTED TRIBUTARIES OF THE WESTERN AMAZON, and Paul just released his debut fiction, THE GIRL AND THE TIGER, to high praise in Sept-2019 as critics have proclaimed it an update to Rudyard Kipling's classic, THE JUNGLE BOOK. In this episode, Paul and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed writing updated classics; using fiction to raise awareness and call-to-action; the power of story and writing from experience; and how House, M.D., and Wolverine might be on the same Homicide Task Force. Paul's work: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Tiger-Paul-Rosolie-ebook/dp/B07VHLC1RR/ Paul's site: paulrosolie.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #experienceoverresearch #writingmentor #writingcoach #conservation #rainforest #amazon #therealamazaon #thriller #junglebook #kipling #paulrosolie #ownhollowpress #gavinthecop #gavinreese #isha #thegirlandthetiger 
26:39
October 16, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Commander Patrick Fitzgibbons talks Shop
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Commander Patrick Fitzgibbons talks Shop
Retired police watch commander Patrick Fitzgibbons steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his life as a cop and criminal justice advocate. Patrick holds multiple advanced degrees and has more than two decades of experience in numerous law enforcement roles. As an adjunct college professor, he instructs the next generation of police professionals in crime scene investigation, police operations, and criminal law, as well as coaching and mentoring law enforcement professionals and others to achieve maximum potential. A former Army Paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne Division, Patrick is an avid supporter of active military members and veterans. He is also the creator and host of CJEvolution, a top-ranked criminal justice podcast that recently topped three hundred episodes. For this episode, Patrick and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed the nature of cop work; caustic work environments; the importance of a positive mentor; and why Sipowicz gets the nod to investigate Patrick's murder. Patrick's site: cjevolution.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #cjevolution #crimjust #criminaljustice #policetraining #policementors #evolve #patrickfitzgibbons #writerslife #writersbeat #amwritingfiction #procedural #crimestories #copsandrobbers #mentor #lifecoach #podcast #gavinthecop #gavinreese
35:20
October 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Comms Expert Richard Spitzer discusses Social Manipulation
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Comms Expert Richard Spitzer discusses Social Manipulation
Communications and behavioral expert Richard Spitzer steps into the Interrogation room to clear up a few things about his debut work. Rich has over 45 years' experience in communications and behavioral research and was Executive VP of one of the world's largest marketing research firms. After retirement, Rich pursued his interest in macro-trends, but also considered laws of attraction, manifestation and metaphysical concepts in his research. He applied his expertise to pursue and identify practical, modern methods to both the macro and the personal, such as manifesting thoughts and ideas to achieve our goals and remedy the convergence of global trends with potentially irreversible consequences. His debut novel, entitled The Margin of Error War, just released this past June. For this episode, Rich and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese spoke about the origins of cyberwarfare; our current enemies' advantages over us; the impact of social media on our trust and distrust of news; and how Rich balanced this fact-based political science fiction. Richard's works: https://www.amazon.com/Margin-Error-War-America-Started/dp/0578524600/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #thriller #polisci #amreading #marginoferror #richspitzer #espionage #cyberwarfare #fakenews #realnews #certifiednews #
35:23
October 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Diplomat & Counterterrorism Expert Andreas Norman discusses Espionage
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Diplomat & Counterterrorism Expert Andreas Norman discusses Espionage
Andreas Norman steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his writing, craft, and real-life experiences. Andreas is a former diplomat who worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ten years on security issues and counterterrorism. Norman's debut novel, INTO A RAGING BLAZE, anticipated the Edward Snowden revelations, received international acclaim, and was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award. His latest release, THE SILENT WAR, explores the personal lives and suspicions of covert operatives amid tremendous international cover-ups and betrayal. For this episode, Andreas and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss writing authentic spies and diplomats; the importance of humanity in characters; the real daily work of intelligence services and the double-life necessary for such agents; and who should investigate Andreas' murder. Andreas' works: www.amazon.com/Andreas-Norman/e/B00L2A1R9K/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #thriller #suspense #espionage #diplomat #writingcoach #writingmentor #statedept #foreignservice #spies #spy #intelligence #mi6 #covertagent #secretagent #operatives #clandestine #silentwar #andreasnorman #gavinreese #gavinthecop #nsa #surveillance #masssurveillance #someoneknowseverything #nato #russia #sweden
27:01
October 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller JA Jance discusses her 70th NOVEL
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller JA Jance discusses her 70th NOVEL
Perennial NYT bestseller JA Jance steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing and craft. JA started writing in the 60's when women were supposed to be teachers and nurses. In 1968, a publisher expressed interest in a children's story she'd written, but the public didn't read her novels until 1985 with the release of her first JP Beaumont story, entitled UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. Since the beginning of that series, JA's released 70 fictions in 4 series and a book of autobiographical poetry. Her latest Beaumont release is entitled SINS OF THE FATHERS and releases on 24-Sept. For this episode, JA and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed her lifelong intent to write; the terrifying inspiration for her novels; how she met "Homicide Hunter" LT Joe Kenda; and keeping her aging characters authentic for the times and their personalities. JA's works: www.amazon.com/J-A-Jance/e/B000API61K JA's site: jajance.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Article on JA's narrow escape from death: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/get_out/tucson-suspense-writer-j-a-jance-got-started-in-her/article_0ef700f0-51fa-5ef9-9eda-bdaf5de775ef.html #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #amwritingfiction #hardboiled #privateeye #detectivefiction #jpbeaumonth #serialkiller #homicidehunter #joekenda #ltkenda #ifyoukilliwillfindyou #jajance #bestseller #nytbestseller #author #thriller #suspense #mystery #crimestories #idchannel #truecrime #inspiration #inspiredtowrite #strongwomen #grrrlpower #gavinreese #gavinthecop
28:30
September 23, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Attorney & Bestseller Jode Millman discusses LEGAL THRILLERS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Attorney & Bestseller Jode Millman discusses LEGAL THRILLERS
Attorney and bestselling author Jode Millman steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her craft and writing. Jode earned a BA and JD from Syracuse University and an MA in English Literature from Eastern Michigan. She's since been recognized for her expertise and professional contributions to the legal and broadcasting fields, and she's served on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and Marist College. She founded the Hudson Valley Fiction Writers Workshop in 2011 and served as a Thrillerfest 19 panelist in 2017. Jode regularly contributes to Sisters In Crime's quarterly newsletter, called "InSinC." For this episode, Jode and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed her recent debut fiction release, THE MIDNIGHT CALL; writing legal thrillers; the guidance and help of writing mentors; the original insanity defense case that inspired her debut fiction novel; and the influence of Louise Penny and Robert Galbraith. Jode's new release: https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Call-Jodé-Millman-ebook/dp/B07PXGWZ26/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Louise Penny's release:  https://www.amazon.com/Better-Man-Chief-Inspector-Gamache-ebook/dp/B07NTMH6DR/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #writingmentor #writingcoach #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #legalthriller #lawyer #attorney #midnightcall #jodemillman #
35:13
September 23, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Attorney Cara Robertson discusses Lizzie Borden
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Attorney Cara Robertson discusses Lizzie Borden
Attorney Cara Robertson steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her writing and craft. Cara began researching the Lizzie Borden case in 1990 as a Harvard undergrad. She's since earned a Ph.D. in English from Oxford and a JD from Stanford Law. Cara clerked at the US Supreme Court, served as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and has contributed to numerous publications. Her debut work, entitled THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN: A TRUE STORY, just released from Simon & Schuster. For this episode, Cara and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed this historical "trial of the century;" criminal psychology and public perception; researching and writing about true crime; who Cara would trust to investigate her own murder. http://trialoflizzieborden.com/ https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #lizzieborden #falselyaccused #gotawaywithmurder #framed #truecrime #cararobertson #gavinthecop #gavinreese #writingmentor #writingcoach #nonfiction #lawyer #attorney 
36:40
September 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Olympian & Acclaimed Author Casey Barrett talks NOIR
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Olympian & Acclaimed Author Casey Barrett talks NOIR
Critically acclaimed author Casey Barrett sits down across the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and craft. Casey is a crime novelist, Canadian Olympian, and the co-founder and co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, New York City's largest learn-to-swim school. His work on NBC’s Olympic Games broadcasts has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award, and he’s the author of a popular swimming blog, Cap & Goggles, and regularly contributed to the Village Voice. You can also find his work in GQ, Rolling Stone, and Swimming World magazines. Most relevant to this audience, Casey writes the Shamus-nominated Duck Darley series, which is set in present-day Manhattan and features protagonist Lawrence Darley, Jr, a fallen rich kid and convicted felon turned unlicensed private investigator, who’s the son of a Madoff-esque fraudster father. Darley is described as complicated, conflicted, and less than sober. The latest release in that series is entitled The Tower of Songs, and just released three days ago on August 27th. In this episode, Casey and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss hard-boiled noir fiction; emulating your heroes; mental health and swimming; and who would get to investigate his murder. Casey's works: www.amazon.com/Casey-Barrett/e/B07SX5VSSP Casey's site: caseybarrettbooks.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: www.gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #noir #hardboiled #duckdarley #caseybarrett #towerofsongs #crime #mystery #suspense #gavinthecop #gavinreese #amswimming #imagineswimming
38:01
August 31, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Forensic Analyst and Acclaimed Author Sheila Lowe talks PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Forensic Analyst and Acclaimed Author Sheila Lowe talks PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
Forensic handwriting examiner and multi-published author Sheila Lowe steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her OWN writing and craft. She’s been a recognized expert and nonfiction author in her field for more than four decades, and her Handwriting Analyzer software has been in use around the world since the 1990s. Sheila also instructs forensic analysis courses at UC-Riverside and UC-Santa Barbara, regularly lectures on the topic in the US, UK, and Canada, and is the current president of the nonprofit American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. Sheila also writes the award-winning Forensic Handwriting Mystery fiction series, which features the fictional character Claudia Rose. She describes the series as "medium-boiled," warns that they are “definitely not cozies,” and Sheila personally thinks of her fictional novels as psychological suspense. In this episode, Sheila and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss the craft of writing psychological thrillers and suspense; advice for adding forensic analysts in fiction; Parents of Murdered Children; and researching crime fighters. Sheila's works: www.amazon.com/Sheila-Lowe/e/B001ITYGXE Sheila's site: www.claudiaroseseries.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com SUPPORT FOR THIS EPISODE WAS PROVIDED BY DAVID IVESTER:   http://www.author-guide.com/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #amwritingfiction #psychologicalsuspense #suspense #mystery #amnesia #murder #homicide #forensicscience #forensics #analyst #handwriting #proofoflife #whatshesaw #sheilalowe #gavinthecop #gavinreese
37:27
August 30, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Chris Formant talks HISTORICAL FICTION
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Chris Formant talks HISTORICAL FICTION
Novelist Chris Formant is a student of history, a tech CEO, and a former top executive of a multi-billion-dollar global business. His debut novel, BRIGHT MIDNIGHT, received lavish praise and has been dubbed the “Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans.” In that thriller, Formant created a unique mystery in which he re-imagined the deaths of rock icons as murders. Although Chris proclaims himself an unlikely author of historical fiction, the heroic story of Maryland’s Forgotten 400 drove him to assemble an expert team to assist with the painstaking research required to write his highly anticipated second book, entitled SAVING WASHINGTON. In this episode, Chris and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss crafting historical characters, finding unique perspectives for storytelling, and how 400 men from Maryland saved the American Revolution only six weeks after the Declaration of Independence. Chris' works: www.amazon.com/Chris-Formant/e/B01G24O1KM/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #historicalfiction #1776 #forgotten400 #maryland400 #battleofbrooklyn #battleoflongisland #chrisformant #savingwashington #washington #gavinreese #gavinthecop
32:60
August 30, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Journalist & Author William Shaw talks CHARACTERS & CONSPIRACIES
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Journalist & Author William Shaw talks CHARACTERS & CONSPIRACIES
Award-winning music journalist and acclaimed author William Shaw steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his craft and writing. He's written for such industry luminaries as ZigZag, The Observer, The NYT, Wired, Arena, and The Face, and is an Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year. William's written nonfiction about a year he spent in South Central Los Angeles, and his fiction novels have been nominated for a Barry Award, a Golden Bullet, and a CWA Historical Dagger. Set in late sixties' London, his detective series features DS Breen and Constable Tozer up against the cultural and political revolution of those times. The latest series installment is PLAY WITH FIRE, which released on August 13th. For this episode, William and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss researching and writing historical fiction, the narcissism of conspiracy theories, the press vs the police, crafting timepiece characters, and why he loves Ann Cleeves' cynical Dutch Detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk. William's site: www.williamshaw.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwritingfiction #historicalfiction #thriller #mystery #policeprocedural #writingcoach #writingmentor #craftofwriting #playwithfire #williamshaw #breenandtozer #metpolice #gavinreese #gavinthecop #conspiracy #characterdev #characterstudy
39:36
August 28, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Preston & Child discuss CRAFT and CO-WRITING
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Preston & Child discuss CRAFT and CO-WRITING
International bestselling writing team Preston & Child step back into the Interrogation Room to discuss their craft and upcoming release, OLD BONES. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are modern-day Renaissance Men with backgrounds in editing and literary education. Readers have consumed millions of their works in seven languages all across the globe, and their latest series features a fan-favorite character, archaeologist Nora Kelly. OLD BONES lands at a bookstore and Internet near you on 20-August.  In this episode, Preston, Child, and host Gavin Reese discussed their co-writing process, historical inspiration, Linc's ties to the burning of the Library at Alexandria, and what archaeologists will find in their writing spaces a thousand years from now.  OLD BONES: https://www.amazon.com/Bones-Nora-Kelly-Douglas-Preston/dp/1538747227 Preston & Child’s site: https://www.prestonchild.com/ Gavin’s works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin’s site: https://www.gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #writingmentor #prestonchild #oldbones #norakelly #archaeology #historicalfiction #donnercamp #donnerparty #gavinthecop #gavinreese #murder #homicide
36:11
August 19, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Rob Hart discusses CORPORATE DYSTOPIA
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Rob Hart discusses CORPORATE DYSTOPIA
Acclaimed author Rob Hart steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and his upcoming release, THE WAREHOUSE. Rob is the author of the short story collection TAKE-OUT and the Ash McKenna series, which wrapped up with POTTER'S FIELD in July 2018. He is also the co-author of SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. THE WAREHOUSE releases in the US market on August 20, but it’s already published in more than 20 countries and Ron Howard has already optioned it for film. In this episode, Rob and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed THE WAREHOUSE; influences like 1984 and FAHRENHEIT 451; global corps becoming Big Brother; Adam Smith and Simon Sinek; and the need for more authors to study Krav Maga. Rob's site: https://robwhart.com Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #amwriting #craftofwriting #thewarehouse #cloud #paxton #winstonsmith #1984 #fahrenheit451 #robhart #robwhart #gavinthecop #gavinreese #scottfree #jamespatterson #bookshots #bigbrother #dystopian #adamsmith #simonsink #invisiblehand #thriller #suspense #rapidhire #ronhoward #joanieloveschachi #richiecunningham #happydays #londonbookfair #bouchercon #thrillerfest #crimecon #sdcc #nyccc #newrelease #ashmckenna 
42:43
August 13, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Psychotherapist and Acclaimed Author AF Brady
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Psychotherapist and Acclaimed Author AF Brady
Psychotherapist and acclaimed author AF Brady steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her writing and process. Alex was born in NYC, earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brown U, and two Master's from Columbia in Psychological Counseling; her private counseling practice currently treats individuals and couples. Alex's first novel, THE BLIND, released to critical acclaim in 2017 and established her as a fantastic psychological thriller writer. ONCE A LIAR, her second book, published last January to consistent acclaim, and Alex is now working on her third novel. For this episode, Alex and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed penning psychological thrillers; her greatest achievements in writing and psychotherapy; creating authentic, diagnosed characters; and why they hope to wake up dead in Toon Town. Alex's site: www.afbrady.com Alex's works: www.amazon.com/A-F-Brady/e/B073H7DJNX Gavin's site: www.gavinreese.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #psych #psychologicalthriller #crime #murder #homicide #mystery #oncealiar #afbrady #gavinthecop #gavinreese #counselor #counseling #mentalhealth #mentalillness #dsm #sociopath #psychopath #sympathyforthedevil 
43:01
August 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Detective & International Bestseller Bernard Schaffer
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Detective & International Bestseller Bernard Schaffer
 Veteran police detective and acclaimed international bestselling author Bernard Schaffer steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing and latest release. Bernard published multiple works as a prolific indie author in a variety of genres, which have included the titles WAY OF THE WARRIOR, SUPERBIA, and WHITECHAPEL: THE FINAL STAND OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Bernard’s most recent novels are the Santero and Rein Thriller Series from Kensington Publications, which includes last year’s THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT and AN UNSETTLED GRAVE, which released on 30-JULY-2019. The series’ third installment, entitled BLOOD ANGEL, is due out in 2020. For this episode, Bernard and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed the realities of cop work; his development from inspired and desperate writer to bestseller; composing the finest story possible every time; and why John Creasy should investigate his murder. Bernard's works:  https://www.amazon.com/Bernard-Schaffer/e/B002X7WK4W/ Bernard's site:  https://www.bernardschaffer.com Gavin's works:  https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site:  https://www.gavinreese.com #wrtiersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #amwritingfiction #crime #thriller #mystery #policeprocedural #kensingtonpub #bernardschaffer #copauthor #author #bestseller #manonfire #research #authenticity #detective #murder #homicide #serialkiller #gavinthecop #gavinreese
37:09
August 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Stuart Neville discusses Psychological Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Author Stuart Neville discusses Psychological Thrillers
Stuart Neville steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his craft and writing. His debut novel, THE TWELVE (published in the USA as THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST), won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was picked as one of the top crime novels of 2009 by both the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Barry, Macavity, Dilys awards, as well as the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. He has since published three critically acclaimed sequels, COLLUSION, STOLEN SOULS and THE FINAL SILENCE. Stuart also writes standalone thrillers under the pen name HAYLEN BECK, and his next release, entitled LOST YOU, publishes on August 6. For this episode, Stuart and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed elements of psychological thrillers, character development, time manipulation, and his love of crafting villains. Haylen's works: https://www.amazon.com/Haylen-Beck/e/B073CFBXV9 Stuart's site: http://www.stuartneville.com/ Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #writerscraft #craftofwriting #belfast #writingmentor #writingcoach #lostyou #haylenbeck #stuartneville #psychologicalthriller #thriller #psychology #criticism #amediting #crime #kidnapping #lostchild #foundchild #thomasharris #silenceofthelambs #claricestarling #reddragon #irishauthors #authorsofireland #writersofireland
25:56
August 02, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller & Crime Expert Mark Ohlshaker discusses SERIAL KILLERS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller & Crime Expert Mark Ohlshaker discusses SERIAL KILLERS
Renaissance Man Mark Ohlshaker steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his work. Mark is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, acclaimed novelist, and NYT bestseller who began his career in journalism. He’s since gained tremendous expertise in law enforcement, criminal justice, public health, disease prevention, intelligence, biodefense, and pandemic planning. He consults to the US DOJ Office for Victims of Crime and, of particular interest to the WOTB audience, Mark is also a longtime coauthor with retired FBI Special Agent and Criminal Profiler John Douglas, who founded the field of behavior analysis. Their joint work began with the bestselling nonfiction MINDHUNTER, and the duo has since sold millions of copies across the globe and in numerous languages. Their latest release, THE KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE, published in May to tremendous and immediate success, and a second season of MINDHUNTER on Netflix launches August 16. In this episode, Mark and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss serial killers, predatory and deviant criminal behavior, survivor's guilt, and the Parents of Murdered Children organization. We also hit on baseball and the Washington Senators, just to lighten the mood a bit. Mark's site:  https://mindhuntersinc.com Gavin's site:  https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwriting #nonfiction #serialkiller #murder #homicide #serialmurder #criminalpsychology #deviant #fbi #bau #criminalminds #mindhunter #netflix #johndouglas #markohlshaker #killeracrossthetable #amreading #jonbenetramsey #tedbundy #thomasharris #silenceofthelambs #hanniballector #deathpenalty #scottglenn #agentstarling #buffalobill #noremorse #sociopath #psychopath #evil #trueevil #gavinthecop #gavinreese
45:55
July 27, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Aspiring suspense author Lucas Prescott discusses THRILLERFEST & PITCHING
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Aspiring suspense author Lucas Prescott discusses THRILLERFEST & PITCHING
Aspiring suspense author Lucas Prescott stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his experience at THRILLERFEST19. Lucas hails from Fort Collins, Colorado, and journeyed to NYC for the International Thriller Writer's annual conference to participate in two sub-conferences, PITCHFEST and CONSULTFEST. In this episode, Lucas and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed ITW's nurturing environment at Thrillerfest; the value of accessing agents and publishers in person at the event; and why they're both making plans for next year's Thrillerfest20. Lucas's Twitter: twitter.com/penonajourney ITW's site: thrillerwriters.org/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #suspense #thrillerfest #thriller #thrillerfest19 #thrillerfest20 #pitch #elevatorpitch #penonajourney #upward #onthecusp #gavinthecop #gavinreese
24:14
July 20, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author & Crime Podcaster Eryk Pruitt discusses CHARACTERS & CRIME
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author & Crime Podcaster Eryk Pruitt discusses CHARACTERS & CRIME
Eryk Pruitt stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his writing. He's a filmmaker, true crime podcaster, screenwriter, and novelist. In 2011, Eryk wrote and produced the short film FOODIE, which went on to win eight top awards at more than a dozen film festivals. He's since written several others, along with short fiction that’s appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Thuglit, Pulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others, and was a 2014 finalist for a Derringer Award. Eryk’s also written three novels, entitled DIRTBAGS, HASHTAG, and WHAT WE RECKON, which released in 2017, and he hosts a long-form podcast called THE LONG DANCE, which details the stories of the lives touched by two North Carolina cold-case murders in 1971. In this episode, Eryk and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss the authenticity of his characters; his definition of "noir;" his experience working to help close cold-case murders; and the personal importance of Raylan Gibbons and Michael Douglas. Eryk's site: www.erykpruitt.com/ Eryk's podcast: thelongdancepodcast.com/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #truecrime #longformpodcast #crimepodcast #thelongdance #coldcase #homicide #murder #valentinesday #valentinesdance #durhamnc #whatwereckon #characters #characterdevelopment #nacadochas #lufkin #emufarm #club225 #stevenfaustin #stephenfaustin #nativeson #noiratthebar #gavinthecop #gavinreese
39:32
July 20, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Louise Jensen discusses PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Louise Jensen discusses PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS
Bestselling author Louise Jensen steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing. Louise has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate, and The Date. Her novels are translated into twenty-five languages and are USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s Lists. She was nominated for the Goodreads Debut (2016), The Guardian's 'Not The Booker' Prize (2018), and the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film. For this episode, Louise and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed her latest US release, THE DATE and face blindness; research into psychological thrillers; plotting versus pantsing; and Louisa May Alcott and Charlie's Angels. Louise's works: www.amazon.com/Louise-Jensen/e/B01E5E8J9K Louise's site: louisejensen.co.uk/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writingcoach #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #mentor #thedate #louisejensen #bestseller #faceblindness #psychologicalthriller #thriller #louisamayalcott #littlewomen #magnumpi #gavinthecop #gavinreese #insiderthreat #rebeccabradley #deadblind
25:40
July 20, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Narcotics Detective & Author Brian Shea
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Narcotics Detective & Author Brian Shea
Brian Shea, a talented writer and veteran investigator steps in the Interrogation Room, just to clear up a few things about his writing. Brian honorably served as an officer in the US Navy before becoming a cop. He spent eleven years pushing a black-and-white and working narcotics and sex crimes cases in Texas and Connecticut, and he's also taught five years of fifth graders. Brian still teaches New England cops, and his latest book, called Murder 8, launched last month. In this episode, Brian and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed working with and humanizing drug addicts; balancing authenticity and story; reading Connelly and Deaver for research; and why all cops' stories have to be funny. Brian's site: brianchristophershea.com Brian's works: www.amazon.com/Brian-Shea/e/B07B3QMM5X Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ #writersbeat #writerslife #amwritingfiction #thriller #crime #mystery #brianshea #murder8 #heroin #bostonpd #bostonlife #writingcraft #writerscraft #craftofwriting #writingcoach #authenticity #SharkForwardMotion #informants #cops #leverage #bosch #lincoln #thrillerfest19 #thrillerfest #itw
39:50
July 18, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller and Mentor Tom Avitabile discusses THRILLERFEST and CRAFT
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller and Mentor Tom Avitabile discusses THRILLERFEST and CRAFT
Bestselling author Tom Avitabile stepped into the Thrillerfest Interrogation Room to clear up a few things, mostly about my tech problems. Tom worked as a Senior V.P./Creative Director at a New York advertising firm, as well as a film and television writer, director, and producer. His extensive background in computers and engineering led him to work with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which inspired his stories about security threats, real-life scenarios, and high-tech assaults. His first techno-thriller, THE EIGHTH DAY, became a Barnes and Noble #1 bestseller, and his next thriller, THE DEVIL’S QUOTA, shed daylight on an evil international syndicate. In this episode, Tom and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed Thrillerfest, mentoring, and the craft of writing. Tom's site: www.tomavitabile.com Tom's works: www.amazon.com/Tom-Avitabile/e/B007Y9NDTA/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS
47:37
July 15, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Joe Clifford discusses ADDICTION & WRITING
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Joe Clifford discusses ADDICTION & WRITING
Prolific, bestselling writer and teacher Joe Clifford stopped into the Thrillerfest Interrogation Room, just to clear up a few things. Joe overcame a heroin addiction that once compelled him to live on the streets of San Francisco. He earned an MFA from FIU, and his bestselling Jay Porter Thriller Series receives rave reviews. Joe works as the acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and produces Lip Service West (a "gritty, real, raw" reading series in Oakland, CA); he is also the editor of "Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen," along with the forthcoming "Just to Watch Him Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash." Joe also teaches online writing courses for LitReactor and at conferences and retreats. In this episode, Joe and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss writing craft, as well as addiction, recovery, and the common humanity of cops and addicts. Joe's site: http://www.joeclifford.com/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #joeclifford #jayporter #thriller #addiction #recovery #gavinthecop #gavinreese
26:57
July 13, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Authors Mary G. Thompson and Reagan Keeter discuss CRAFT
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Authors Mary G. Thompson and Reagan Keeter discuss CRAFT
Authors Reagan Keeter and Mary G. Thompson stepped into the Thrillerfest Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. Reagan Keeter published his debut novel, 99 SOULS, under the pseudonym Gabriel Burns, and it was a National Indie Excellence Awards finalist. He began writing at fifteen and has since worked as a writer and editor at Georgia newspapers, along with publishing a variety of short stories. Reagan earned a Journalism degree from Georgia State University and an MA in Technical & Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University. Mary G. Thompson grew up in Oregon, earned her BA from Boston U, and her JD from the University of Oregon. Of her seven years as a practicing attorney, nearly five were in the service of the US Navy. Mary earned her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and she is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. In this episode, Mary, Reagan, and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss their writing process, the development of their craft, and the intrinsic need to tell stories. #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #paranormal #kidnap #kidnapping #kidnapped #gavinreese #gavinthecop #marygthompson #reagankeeter #99souls #amychelseastaciedee
30:18
July 13, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Debut Author & Real-Life Ninja Tori Eldridge discusses EMPOWERMENT
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Debut Author & Real-Life Ninja Tori Eldridge discusses EMPOWERMENT
Tori Eldridge is Honolulu-born thriller writer who challenges perspective and empowers the spirit. Her debut novel, THE NINJA DAUGHTER, is the first book in the Lily Wong Ninja Mystery series and was inspired by her debut short story featured in Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2014. Other short stories have been published in several anthologies. Tori’s screenplay THE GIFT earned a semi-finalist place for the prestigious Academy Award Nicholl Fellowship. She holds a fifth-degree black belt in To Shin Do Ninjutsu and has traveled the USA teaching seminars on the ninja arts, weapons, and women’s self-protection. In this episode, Tori and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed being a real-life ninja, female empowerment, and the craft of writing. Tori's site: www.torieldridge.com Tori's works: https://www.amazon.com/Tori-Eldridge/e/B00FIOXH9Y Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #ninja #ninjasdaughter #thegift #lilywong #author #nichollfellowship #selfdefense #strongwomen 
25:48
July 13, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former CIA Analyst & Acclaimed Bestseller Karen Cleveland discusses INSIDER THREAT
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former CIA Analyst & Acclaimed Bestseller Karen Cleveland discusses INSIDER THREAT
Acclaimed bestseller Karen Cleveland stepped into the Interrogation Room, just to clear up a few things. Karen worked as an analyst at CIA, and the bulk of her work there was in counterterrorism. She has master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and from Harvard University. Her first novel, NEED TO KNOW, was a finalist for the ITW Thriller Award, and her writing has been praised by the likes of Lee Child and John Grisham. Her latest book, KEEP YOU CLOSE, just released last month. In this episode, Karen and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss her motivations and experience at CIA; her deliberately crafted writing style and voice; the time Universal bought her movie rights; and her love of Nate The Great. Karen's site: karen-cleveland.com/ Karen's works: www.amazon.com/Karen-Cleveland/e/B07143Z9S7 Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #thecraftofwriting #writingcoach #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #psychologicalthriller #betrayal #insiderthreat #trustnoone #cia #analyst #gavinthecop #gavinreese #keepyouclose #needtoknow #universalpictures #charlizetheron #lightningstrike #fulbright #ITW #Thrillerfest 
26:12
July 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Cop & Debut Author Mark Bergin discusses POLICE TRAUMA & SUICIDE
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Cop & Debut Author Mark Bergin discusses POLICE TRAUMA & SUICIDE
Retired police lieutenant and debut author Mark Bergin stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions. Prior to becoming a cop, Mark was an award-winning crime writer for the Alexandria Virginia Gazette. Mark went on to earn multiple Officer of the Year awards during his nearly 30-year career. The life of being a cop brought him into close contact with the difficult and often overlooked issue of suicide among American cops. Among others, Kirkus Reviews recently acclaimed his writing an “authentic voice” in police fiction. Currently, more police officers are lost to suicide than to assaults and injuries in the line of duty. Bergin’s debut novel, entitled APPREHENSION, brings awareness to this issue, and he plans to donate a portion of his sales directly to the National Police Suicide Foundation and similar programs.  COPS WHO STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE CAN GET ANONYMOUS HELP AT  866-276-4615. In this episode, Mark and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss the trauma inherent to cop work; police suicide; Mark's double Widow Makers; and how the Thrillerfest writers' conference improved his craft. "Crooks don't read, but [I left out certain details in case] somebody read it to them." -- Mark Bergin Mark's site: markberginwriter.com Gavin's site: gavinreese.com Gavin's works:   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NDFSL8H/ #writersbeat #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #mystery #suspense #policetrauma #ptsd #policesuicide #suicide #GETHELP #YOUARENOTALONE #gavinthecop #gavinreese #emotionalrollercoaster #apprehension #markbergin
42:02
July 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Cate Holahan discusses Psychological Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Acclaimed Bestseller Cate Holahan discusses Psychological Thrillers
USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. Kirkus Reviews named Cate’s first book, The Widower’s Wife, among the best of 2016. She’s additionally penned Lies She Told and Dark Turns, and her latest release, which just came out yesterday, is entitled One Little Secret. Prior to becoming an author, Cate graduated from Princeton University in 2002 and was an award-winning journalist and television producer. Her articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record newspaper, and on numerous web sites. In this episode, Cate and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss researching and writing psychological thrillers; series versus standalones; varying points of view; and why Jack Reacher should investigate Cate's murder. Cate's site: http://www.cateholahan.com/ Cate's works: https://www.amazon.com/Cate-Holahan/e/B00TXFTEV4 Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ #writersbeat #amwriting #writerslife #writerscraft #craftofwriting #amwritingfiction #amreading #thriller #suspense #insiderthreat #betrayal #onelittlesecret #cateholahan #irishhooligan #research #psychologicalthriller #standalone #detective #easthamptonpd #gavinthecop #gavinreese #murder #homicide #murderinthehamptons
28:37
July 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller Sheryl Browne discusses Psychological Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestseller Sheryl Browne discusses Psychological Thrillers
International bestselling author Sheryl Browne stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer some questions. Sheryl writes dark psychological thriller and contemporary fiction, and her works include two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies and nine novels, the newest release of which is called THE BABYSITTER.  She’s a member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Romantic Novelists' Association. Sheryl also graduated from Birmingham City University with an MA in Creative Writing. In this episode, Sheryl and host Gavin Reese discuss point of view, writing psychological thrillers, and why writers have to be readers. Sheryl's works:   https://www.amazon.com/Sheryl-Browne/e/B0073FUF14 Sheryl's site:   https://www.sherylbrowne.com Gavin's works:   https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site:   https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #psychologicalthriller #thriller #psychology #insiderthreat #betrayal #oncetrusted #themarriagetrap #thebabysitter #craftofwriting #writingcraft #writerscraft #writingcoach 
35:01
July 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Police Supervisor & Technical Adviser Patrick O'Donnell
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Police Supervisor & Technical Adviser Patrick O'Donnell
Veteran police sergeant, technical adviser, and author Patrick O'Donnell returns to the Interrogation Room to discuss his newest non-fiction release, called COPS AND WRITERS. Patrick has served more than two decades as a cop, 17 of them on night shift, and he's worked a number of specialty assignments along the way. In this episode, Patrick and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss his technical advisement; the bittersweet joys of a Pig Roast; the realities of a patrol supervisor; and how the greatest cops among us live forever. Patrick's works: https://www.amazon.com/Cops-Writers-Academy-Patrick-ODonnell-ebook/dp/B07STDGN11/ Patrick's site: https://www.copsandwriters.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #police #procedural #mystery #suspense #thriller #writerscraft #craftofwriting #technicaladviser #technicaladvice #copsandwriters
36:28
July 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Award-winning Bestseller CJ Box gets Western
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Award-winning Bestseller CJ Box gets Western
Critically acclaimed international bestselling author CJ Box steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his writing. CJ’s authored twenty-four novels, including the Joe Pickett series, and has sold more than 6 million books in 27 languages. He's won nearly a dozen literary awards, including an Edgar Alan Poe, an Anthony, and a Macavity. Just this past March, he released WOLFPACK, a Joe Pickett novel, and this August, THE BITTERROOTS continues the Cassie Dewell series. In this episode, CJ and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss authentic characters; the creative process and editing; his background in journalism; and what's next for Joe Pickett in 2020. CJ's works: www.amazon.com/C-J-Box/e/B001IGSO0I CJ's site: www.cjbox.net Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #writingcoach #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #suspense #mystery #procedural #cowboycop #joepickett #cassiedewell #bitterroots #wolfpack #bestseller #macavity #edgarallenpoe #barryaward #gumshoe #bigwyo #montana #bigskycountry #gavinreese #gavinthecop #nanowrimo #workethic #editing #western 
29:25
June 21, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Critically Acclaimed Author Hilary Davidson discusses Trauma
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Critically Acclaimed Author Hilary Davidson discusses Trauma
Award-winning author Hilary Davidson steps into the Interrogation Room to clear a few things up. Hilary's a former journalist who started her writing career with Harper’s Magazine before joining the editing staff at Canadian Living. She became a freelance writer, composed 18 nonfiction books, and her articles appeared in a wide array of international publications. Hilary has served on the National Board of the Mystery Writers of America, as well as that organization’s New York State board. Her award-winning short fiction appears in a number of publications, anthologies, and a collection called "The Black Widow Club: Nine Tales of Obsession and Murder." Her 2011 debut novel, "The Damage Done," won the Anthony and Crimespree Awards for Best First Novel and launched the Lily Moore series. Her latest novel, entitled "One Small Sacrifice," published on June 1 and begins a detective new series. In this episode, Hilary and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss ONE SMALL SACRIFICE; her own traumas, recovery, and their inclusion in this work; and the craft and obstacles of writing cross-genre novels. Hilary's works: www.amazon.com/Hilary-Davidson/e/B0034PUF1C Hilary's site: www.hilarydavidson.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #suspense #mystery #procedural #detective #hilarydavidson #onesmallsacrifice #sherynsterling #writingcoach #ptsd #trauma #nypd #technicaladviser #technicaladvice #amreading #gavinreese #gavinthecop #nanowrimo
43:14
June 21, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Green Beret Commander & Intl Bestseller Jason Kasper
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Green Beret Commander & Intl Bestseller Jason Kasper
US Army veteran and international bestselling author Jason Kasper stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear a few things up. Jason enlisted in the Army in 2001, became a Ranger, and ended his military career as a Special Forces captain and team commander. Along the way, he graduated from West Point, and served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He's an avid ultramarathon runner, skydiver, and BASE jumper, all of which inspire his fiction. In this episode, Jason and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed his first-hand authenticity, their shared loves of dumpster fires and military acronyms, and crafting relatable protagonists and three-dimensional villains. Jason's works: www.amazon.com/Jason-Kasper/e/B01N9BGBB6 Jason's site: jason-kasper.com/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #amwriting #amwritingfiction #writersbeat #writerslife #craftofwriting #writingcoach #technicaladvice #technicaladviser #greenberet #bestseller #author #writer #thriller #espionage #conspiracyfiction #conspiracy #series #davidrivers #jasonkasper #gavinreese #gavinthecop #dumpsterfire #ordertochaos #
39:31
June 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Publisher and International Bestselling Author J.T. Ellison
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Publisher and International Bestselling Author J.T. Ellison
International bestselling author and publisher JT Ellison stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her latest releases and her craft. J.T. began her career as a presidential appointee in the White House, where a nuclear physicist taught her how to obsess over travel itineraries and make a seriously good pot of Earl Grey, which spawned a love of loose leaf and a desire for control of her own destiny. Jaded by the political climate in D.C., she returned to her first love, creative writing. More than 20 novels later, she is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with thrillers published in 27 countries and 15 languages. She is also the EMMY-award winning cohost of A WORD ON WORDS, a literary interview television show. In this episode, J.T. and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss her releases, LIE TO ME and GOOD GIRLS LIE; her creative process and crafting stories; coauthor partnerships; the current publishing world; and writing psychological thrillers that resonate with readers. J.T.'s works: www.amazon.com/J-T-Ellison/e/B002BLW8X8 J.T's site: www.jtellison.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #technicaladvice #technicaladviser #selfpublishing #inideauthor #author #writer #jtellison #lietome #goodgirlslie #twotalespress #psychologicalthriller #psychology #sociopath #multiplepersonalities 
48:10
June 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Journalist, Editor, & Bestseller Laura Elliot on Domestic Suspense
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Journalist, Editor, & Bestseller Laura Elliot on Domestic Suspense
Laura Elliot stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her latest novel, GUILTY. Laura has written seven novels, including THE BETRAYAL and THE WIFE BEFORE ME, and previously authored twelve children's books under the alter-ego June Considine. Her works have appeared in a number of teenage anthologies and broadcast on radio. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Laura worked as a journalist and editor. For this episode, Laura and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss GUILTY, her choice to standalone books, writing in differing points of view, and her intent to expose domestic abuse through her writing. Laura's works: www.amazon.com/Laura-Elliot/e/B003E3PQ0E Laura's site: www.lauraelliotauthor.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #nanowrimo #amreading #thriller #psychologicalthriller #psychology #fiction #author #bestseller #writer #novel #novelist #writing #writingcoach #technicaladvice #technicaladviser #domesticabuse #guilty #lauraelliot #juneconsidine #gavinreese #gavinthecop
30:60
June 14, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Intl Bestseller Mike Maden discusses Writing and JACK RYAN, JR.
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Intl Bestseller Mike Maden discusses Writing and JACK RYAN, JR.
International bestselling author Mike Maden stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about new release, TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT. Mike launched his critically acclaimed DRONE Series in 2014 and joined the Tom Clancy universe in 2017. His first effort, TOM CLANCY POINT OF CONTACT, hit #3 on the NYT bestsellers list, and he released TOM CLANCY LINE OF SIGHT in 2018 to rave reviews and adoration from Clancy fans. On 11-June-19, Mike's third Clancy novel, entitled TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT, lands in the public space. Prior to becoming a successful novelist, Mike grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley, attended college and earned a PhD in PoliSci, and has extensively studied conflict and technology in international relations. In this episode, Mike and host Gavin Reese discussed the noble and spiritual aspects of entertainment, the need for authors' unique voices, and writing for intrinsic fulfillment. "It is your substance and value that inform your writing, not the other way around...You don't write for affirmation. You're writing because you have something to say."--Mike Maden, Ph.D. Mike's works: www.amazon.com/Mike-Maden/e/B00EABOULU Mike's site: mikemaden.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #jackryan #jackryanjr #thecampus #enemycontact #putnambooks #tomclancy #mikemaden #bestseller #author #writer #craftofwriting #writerscraft #nanowrimo #technicaladvice #writingcoach #technicaladviser #gavinreese #gavinthecop #writersonthebeat 
49:30
June 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestselling Literary Rebel and US Army Vet William Miller
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Bestselling Literary Rebel and US Army Vet William Miller
Bestselling thriller author, US Army vet, and "Literary Rebel" William Miller steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his craft and writing. William joined the Army after 9/11, and has since traveled the world, taught English in China, and studied creative writing at Eckerd College. He wrote four hard-boiled novels for Delight Games before publishing the first novel in his wildly successful Jake Noble series. In this episode, William and host Gavin Reese discuss human trafficking, crafting gripping scenes and characters, finding expert technical advice, and why his wife should investigate his murder. William's works: www.amazon.com/William-Miller/e/B07DZ77XXV Williams site: www.literaryrebel.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #nanowrimo #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #spy #cia #jakenoble #nobleman #nobleintent #williammiller #literaryrebel #technicaladvice #technicaladviser #craftofwriting #nonfiction #gavinreese #gavinthecop #humantrafficking #childtrafficking #childrescue #veteransforchildrescue
43:37
June 08, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Sandra Woffington discusses Research
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Sandra Woffington discusses Research
Author Sandra Woffington sat down in the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her writing and research. Sandra writes several series, the most popular and recent of which is her Wine Valley Mysteries with alliterative titles like BURGUNDY AND BODIES. Sandra studied at the UCI Humanities Honors Program, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman, and is a prolific researcher. In this episode, Sandra and host Gavin Reese discuss her craft, researching crime from outside the world of law enforcement, how to ship a cadaver, the shadowy world of "body brokers," and the harsh realities of hemlock. Sandra's works: www.amazon.com/Sandra-Woffington/e/B00CKBMDMU Sandra's site: www.sandrawoffington.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #nanowrimo #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amreading #mystery #localmystery #suspense #research #authenticity #winevalley #cadaver #ShipACadaver #hemlock #bodybrokers #tissuebank #rentapart #frozenbody #screenplay #dialogue
29:06
June 08, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Analyst & Acclaimed Author Spencer Kope
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Analyst & Acclaimed Author Spencer Kope
Spencer Kope "steps" into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his Special Tracking Unit novels and latest release, WHISPERS OF THE DEAD. In addition to being an acclaimed author, Spencer works as a crime analyst for a Washington State Sheriff's Office and has been in that role since 2004. He's also served in the US Navy and worked in several roles for the Office of Naval Intelligence. In this episode, Spencer and host Gavin Reese discuss his unique protagonist, Magnus "Steps" Craig, current touch DNA and the growth and use of related forensics, and the first murders solved by DNA, which inspired the nonfiction work, THE BLOODING, by the legendary Joseph Wambaugh. Spencer's works: www.amazon.com/Spencer-Kope/e/B00JL4J99Y Spencer's site: spencerkope.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #mystery #fbi #specialtrackingunit #manhunter #steps #stepscraig #magnuscraig #spencerkope #gavinreese #gavinthecop #nanowrimo #amreading #authenticity #wambaugh #theblooding #dna #touchdna #crime #crimeanalyst #crimeanalysis
40:25
June 08, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Beth Branning discusses STRATEGY & SUCCESS
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Beth Branning discusses STRATEGY & SUCCESS
Author and acclaimed strategic planner Beth Branning steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about planning for success and reaching your full potential. A degreed journalist and communications professional, she served San Diego Zoo Global for 15 years as the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of its Vision, Innovation, and Strategy group. Beth's new release, THE CALL, lays out the strategy she and her colleagues at SDZG used to lead the fight against extinction. In this episode, Beth and host Gavin Reese discuss how strategic planning can help writers reach the full potential of their personal, profession, and creative lives, and how important paradigm and self-awareness are to success. Beth's work: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Strategic-Empowered-Against-Extinction-ebook/dp/B07QC96KFX/ Beth's site: branningstrategies.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #nonfiction #strategy #strategicplanning #intent #deliberateaction #purpose #purposedrivenlife #TheCall #SanDiegoZoo #SDZG #bethbranning #plantosucceed
38:59
May 31, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Mina Samuels discusses PURPOSE
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Mina Samuels discusses PURPOSE
Author Mina Samuels steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her newest release, RUN LIKE A GIRL 365 DAYS A YEAR: A PRACTICAL, PERSONAL, INSPIRATIONAL GUIDE FOR WOMEN ATHLETES. She's a freelance writer and editor, as well as a former litigator and human rights advocate. Mina's had fiction and nonfiction published under her name, along with two solo stage shows, a recent ensemble play, and numerous ghostwritten works. In this episode, Mina and host Gavin Reese discuss her new release, along with the topics of self-care, deliberate presence, and how authors can strive toward a purpose-driven life. Mina's works: www.amazon.com/Mina-Samuels/e/B0041188FI Mina's site: www.minasamuels.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #nonfiction #selfhelp #selfcare #therapy #sportstherapy #psychology #competition #purpose #purposedrivenlife #intent #runlikeagirl #runlikeagirl365 #inspiration #inspired #inspirational #gavinthecop #gavinreese #girlpower
42:04
May 31, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Graham Sclater reviews RANKIN and CHILD for his BOOKS OF THE MONTH
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Author Graham Sclater reviews RANKIN and CHILD for his BOOKS OF THE MONTH
Author Graham Sclater stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up some things about his BOOKS OF THE MONTH. In this episode, he discusses Ian Rankin's IN A HOUSE OF LIES and Lee Child's PAST TENSE. Graham studied creative writing for film and television at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter, England, and his work has been optioned for television series by companies such as the BBC. He worked as a musician across Europe, and as a session player in many of the top London studios. Graham has performed with celebrated artists including Jimi Hendrix, Fats Domino, James Taylor, and Elton John, and started Tabitha Records in 1976. His background in music formed the basis of his first novel, “Ticket to Ride,” which he set in 1960’s Hamburg and published in 2006. He’s since written and had published a children’s book, historical fiction, four additional novels, and a nonfiction guide for writers. Graham is heard regularly on terrestrial and web-based radio stations around the world reviewing his Book of the Month and presenting the A-Z of writing on Live Wire Talk and “Hits & Bits” where he tells the story behind the “hit” record. Graham's site: grahamsclater.com Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #grahamsclater #bookofthemonth #technicaladvisor #technicaladvice #writingcoach #mystery #bookreview #inahouseoflies #pasttense #ianrankin #leechild #gavinthecop #gavinreese #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingmystery #amreading #nanowrimo #critic #maninthearena #mentor #author #novelist #bestseller #NYTbestseller
28:25
May 25, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Intl Bestseller Kyle Mills discusses MITCH RAPP
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Intl Bestseller Kyle Mills discusses MITCH RAPP
Kyle Mills steps into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his upcoming release, LETHAL AGENT. He's the #1 NYT bestselling author of nineteen books, including the latest Mitch Rapp novel and several novels in Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne universe. Kyle has also composed his own bestselling series about beleaguered FBI Special Agent Mark Beamon. After growing up in Oregon, Washington, DC, and London as the son of an FBI agent, he gained tremendous exposure to the intelligence community that would later provide his novels their unique and spellbinding authenticity.  In this episode, Kyle and host Gavin Reese discussed his path to becoming a full-time bestselling author, how he deals with the pressure of past successes, and the rough justice required in his espionage thrillers.  "It never gets easier. You just go faster." -- Greg Lemond, as told by Kyle Mills Kyle's works: https://www.amazon.com/Kyle-Mills/e/B000APXUH0 Kyle's site: kylemills.com Gavin's works: https://www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #mitchrapp #kylemills #lethalagent #gavinreese #gavinthecop #bestseller #NYTbestseller #nanowrimo #technicaladvise #technicaladvisor #writingcoach #bioagents #hazmat #cbrne #vinceflynn #amreading
30:43
May 25, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Historian and Acclaimed Author Frankie Y. Bailey
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Historian and Acclaimed Author Frankie Y. Bailey
Crime historian and acclaimed author Frankie Y. Bailey stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her writing. She is a criminal justice professor at the University of Albany and a mystery and nonfiction writer. Frankie's received a George N. Dove award and a Macavity for her nonfiction book, which has also been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards. She is a past Executive Vice President of the Mystery Writers of America, and a past president of Sisters in Crime. Her mystery fiction series feature an amateur sleuth named Lizzie Smith and a police detective Hannah McCabe. In this episode, Frankie and host Gavin Reese discussed her re-released fiction works, her academic research into crime history, and the Salem Witch Trials influenced her modern works. Frankie's works: www.amazon.com/Frankie-Y-Bailey/e/B001H6SUOO Frankie's site: www.frankieybailey.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #mystery #investigation #policeprocedural #historymatters #lizziestuart #adeadmanshonor #frankiebailey #crime #crimehistory #thriller #gavinreese #gavinthecop #speakingvolumes #nonfiction 
45:20
May 25, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Journalist and Critically Acclaimed Author Luke Jennings
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Journalist and Critically Acclaimed Author Luke Jennings
Luke Jennings stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his runaway novel series, KILLING EVE, which is the basis for the BBC television series by the same name. Luke is an author and journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time. He authored BLOOD KNOTS (short-listed for the Samuel Johnson and William Hill prizes) and the Booker Prize-nominated ATLANTIC. With his daughter Laura, he wrote the teenage stage-school novels STARS and STARS: STEALING THE SHOW. His latest publication is NO TOMORROW, the second installment of the KILLING EVE trilogy. In this episode, Luke and host Gavin Reese discuss his research, writing authentic female protagonists, and the dangers that everyday psychopaths pose to the rest of us. *SPOILER ALERT*: There will be a third KILLING EVE installment out later this year. Act accordingly. Luke's Site: lukejennings.com Luke's Works: www.amazon.com/Luke-Jennings/e/B003L6XM28 Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #writerslife #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amwritingthriller #amreading #thriller #psychologicalthriller #psycho #psychopathy #espionage #femalecharacters #femalelead #lukejennings #killingeve #villanelle #codenamevillanelle #bbc #bbcameria #tvseries #noveltotv #eve #evepolastri #writingcoach #bestseller #littlebrown #littbrownpub #littlebrownpublishing #gavinreese #gavinthecop
37:04
May 16, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Clinical Psychologist and Debut Novelist RJ Jacobs
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Clinical Psychologist and Debut Novelist RJ Jacobs
RJ Jacobs stepped into the Interrogation Room, just to answer a few questions about his debut release, AND THEN YOU WERE GONE. RJ's a clinical psychologist and began his professional work in 2003. He maintains a private practice in Nashville and focuses on a wide variety of clinical concerns. After completing a post-doctoral residency at Vanderbilt, he has taught Abnormal Psychology, presented at numerous conferences, and routinely performs PTSD evaluations for veterans. RJ's Site: rjjacobsauthor.com Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #technicaladviser #technicalAdvice #psychology #rjjacobs #crookedlane #andthenyouweregone #psychthriller
39:12
May 15, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Technical Adviser and Critically Acclaimed Author DP Lyle, MD.
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Technical Adviser and Critically Acclaimed Author DP Lyle, MD.
For this episode, DP Lyle, MD steps into the Interrogation Room to clear a few things up about murder. An Alabama native, Douglas earned his MD at the University of Alabama, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston, a Fellowship in Cardiology at The Texas Heart Institute, and has practiced cardiology in Orange County, California, for the past 40 years. Douglas is an Amazon #1 Bestseller and critically acclaimed nonfiction author with a dozen prestigious literary awards to his name. He writes four fiction series, as well as the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essays and short stories appear in peer-reviewed and edited anthologies, and he's served as an editor and contributor for the Southern California Writers Association’s short story anthology, IT’S ALL IN THE STORY. Douglas has provided technical adviser to numerous novelists and screenwriters on more than a dozen popular television shows. He is also the creator and host of the podcast series CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: The Art and Science of Crime Fiction, and he co-hosted CRIME AND SCIENCE RADIO on SUSPENSE RADIO with Jan Burke. In this episode, Lyle and host Gavin Reese discuss his development as an author, writing three-dimensional medical professionals, and the time a convicted inmate mailed him 30 pages of crayon axe-murder crime scene drawings. Dp Lyle's Site: dplylemd.com Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #technicaladviser #technicaladvice #forensicsfordummies #dplylemd #dplyle #sunshinestate #jakelongly
35:23
May 11, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Chief Deputy US Marshal and Intl Bestseller Marc Cameron
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Chief Deputy US Marshal and Intl Bestseller Marc Cameron
International bestselling author Marc Cameron stepped into the Interrogation Room, just to clear a few things up. Marc is a retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal who spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement in assignments across North America. He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor. The Jericho Quinn Thriller series became Marc’s first NYT bestsellers, and Marc’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and BOYS LIFE magazine. In late 2016, he was chosen to continue the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan/Campus Thriller series. Marc just released a brand-new series last February about Arliss Cutter, a veteran of the Global War On Terror and current US Marshal working in Alaska. This first installment is called OPEN CARRY. In this episode, Marc and host Gavin Reese discuss the realities of life in the Marshal's Service, why writers and aspiring authors should consider writing about a Deputy Marshal, and the burden of hunting armed and dangerous men. Mark's Works: www.amazon.com/Marc-Cameron/e/B005FB45C8 Mark's Site: marccameronbooks.com/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amwritingfiction #amreading #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft#nanowrimo #writingcoach #arlisscutter #mantracking #mantracker #usmarshal #deputymarshal #federalagent #opencarry #alaska #specialagent
47:45
May 10, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Cop and Technical Adviser B. Adam Richardson
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Cop and Technical Adviser B. Adam Richardson
Veteran investigator and technical adviser B. Adam RIchardson stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his expertise and technical advisement services. In addition to his daily superhero work on the mean streets, Richardson hosts the Writer's Detective Bureau podcast, sends a monthly email blog on technical research issues related to law enforcement, and freely gives of his time and knowledge to help authors succeed in the marketplace. In this episode, Richardson and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss technical advisement, the critical difference between "necessary" and "reasonable," and how their cop jobs stood up to their pre-academy expectations. Connect with Richardson: www.facebook.com/writersdetective/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Connect with Gavin: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #writersdetectivebureau #badamrichardson #technicaladvise #expert #copauthor #writersdetective
41:53
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Cop and Technical Adviser Patrick O'Donnell
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Cop and Technical Adviser Patrick O'Donnell
Veteran police investigator and supervisor Patrick O'Donnell stepped into the Interrogation Room to help clear up a few things about his expertise and technical advise for authors. Patrick has more than two decades under his duty belt and has worked patrol, armed robbery details, vice squads, undercover, task force, and served as the incident commander for multiple Officer Involved Shooting investigations. In this episode, Patrick and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss the burden of the badge, his quick initiation to the mean streets, and why Lt. Peter Columbo remains among the greatest fictional investigators. Patrick can be reached for technical assistance through his FB group, Cops and Writers, or by email at sarge@copsandwriters.com Patrick's page: www.facebook.com/copsandwriters/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #technicaladvice #patrickodonnell #copauthor #copsandwriters #20Booksto50K
48:01
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Sergeant and Bestseller David Putnam
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Sergeant and Bestseller David Putnam
Retired Sergeant David Putnam stepped into the Interrogation Room, just to clear a few things up about his recent release, THE RECKLESS. David began writing as a child, and turned to novels during the later years of his police career. His latest release, THE RECKLESS, is the sixth installment of his Bruno Johnson series, and David based the story on his real-life experiences when he worked an armed robbery task force with the FBI. In this episode, David and Writers On the Beat host Gavin Reese discussed how using alcoholic blackouts to hide the plot is tantamount to cheating, how he balances authenticity and "accepted," and how his particular skillset made his years on the sheriff's "dog teams" the best part of his job. David's works: www.amazon.com/David-Putnam/e/B00DSDWXB0 David's site: davidputnambooks.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #deputy #retireddeputy #copauthor #davidputnam #thereckless #oceanviewpublishing #oceanviewpub #fugutive #manhunter #dogteams #brunojohnson
25:18
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: True Crime Author and Bestseller Diane Fanning
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: True Crime Author and Bestseller Diane Fanning
Bestseller Diane Fanning stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about her newest release, DEATH ON A RIVER. Diane has written 16 true crime novels, 11 mysteries, 4 anthologies, and 2 digital shorts. She studied chemistry at Lynchburg College, first wrote professionally for an ad agency, and earned more than 70 Addy Awards. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, and her work to free an innocent woman earned her a "Defender of the Innocent Award" from The Innocence Project. In this episode, Diane and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed how her attempted kidnapping solved a child murder and got her started in crime writing, how she helped right a wrongful conviction, and how she views the role of true crime authors in a free society. Her newest release, DEATH ON THE RIVER, releases on 30-April-2019 and details the 2015 death of Vincent Viafore and that subsequent investigation and court proceedings. Diane's works: www.amazon.com/Diane-Fanning/e/B001IQUQ2C Diane's site: dianefanning.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #truecrime #dianefanning #deathonariver #murder #homicide #domesticviolence #fianceswhokill #reallife #IRL 
33:17
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Counterterrorism Agent and Bestselling Author Simon Gervais
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Counterterrorism Agent and Bestselling Author Simon Gervais
Former Counterterrorism Agent and bestselling author Simon Gervais stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his latest release, HUNT THEM DOW. Before writing full-time, Simon served in the Canadian Infantry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In his time as a federal agent, he worked in counter-drug trafficking operations, antiterrorism units in Canada, the Middle East, and Europe, and finished his career in dignitary protection. In addition to HUNT THEM DOWN, Simon and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss his writing process, the journey to become a bestseller, and how he balances authenticity with reader expectations and "Law Enforcement Use Only" information. SImon's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Simon's site: simongervaisbooks.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #huntthemdown #piercehunt #simongervais #rcmp #antiterror #counterterrorism #thomasmercer #amazonpublishing
38:31
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Mark Greaney Talks Espionage & Military Thrillers
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Mark Greaney Talks Espionage & Military Thrillers
International bestselling author Mark Greaney stopped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his new Gray Man release, MISSION CRITICAL. He’s released seven novels in the Gray Man series, featuring Court Gentry. Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent release in that series, TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE, and he collaborated on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013. In addition to MISSION CRITICAL, Mark and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss his path from inspired writer to published author and international bestseller, what his research process is like, and how Tom Clancy influenced both their lives. Mark also humbly mentioned "how everything in the world is cheapened by [his] ability to do it," which should help inspire all of us to get that next book written. Mark's works: www.amazon.com/Mark-Greaney/e/B002KGVOMU Mark's site: markgreaneybooks.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ For more information: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #grayman #courtgentry #tomclancy #jackryan #jackryanjr #thecampus #missioncritical #cia #zoya #spyvsspy
33:29
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Trial Attorney and Bestseller William L. Myers, Jr.
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veteran Trial Attorney and Bestseller William L. Myers, Jr.
International bestseller William L. Meyers, Jr., writes the Philadephia Legal series. Its first installment hit #6 on Kindle's sales, and William's just had the third book, A KILLER'S ALIBI, published. William uses his own expertise as a highly regarded trial attorney to write commanding and authentic legal thrillers with characters as gritty and complex as his native Philadelphia. In this episode, William and Writer's On The Beat host Gavin Reese discuss his writing, the Constitutional importance of competent defense counsel, and the challenges of writing flawed and moral characters forced into "impossible choice" circumstances. William's works: www.amazon.com/William-L.-Myers-Jr./e/B01M8KIIL6 William's website: www.williamlmyersjr.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #murder #homicide #attorney #trials #mob #mafia #organizedcrime #criminalconspiracy #legalthriller #lawyerauthor #lawyer
37:06
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Scene Aftermath: Jeffrey Dahmer's Former Landlord and Inherited Chaos
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Crime Scene Aftermath: Jeffrey Dahmer's Former Landlord and Inherited Chaos
"The kitchen looked like a hospital morgue...with a stainless steel counter." Jeffrey Dahmer faced 16 life sentences for the murder and dismemberment of men in Wisconsin and Ohio. Convicted in 1992, he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994. A sexual sadist, Dahmer abused, killed, dismembered, and consumed a portion of his victims. His former landlord, Christie, stopped into the Interrogation Room to clear a few things up about the aftermath that she and her husband faced as owners of the 50-unit property where Dahmer lived and committed the majority of his crimes. She detailed her interactions with Dahmer, how she learned of the crimes in her building, and what awaited them seven days later when police turned the scene back over to them. This is intended for a mature audience, and is published for the express intent of aiding writers to better understand the aftermath that remains behind for families and property owners at violent crime scenes after the detectives and CSIs tear down the yellow tape and leave. Numerous points of trivial macabre have been intentionally omitted from this interview. Listener discretion is advised. Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ For more information: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #milwaukeecannibal #milwaukeemonster #apartment213 #serialkiller #dahmer #jeffreydahmer #hazmat #crimescene #cleanuponaisle5 #csi
43:46
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Celebrated Humorist and Author Kris Frieswick
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Celebrated Humorist and Author Kris Frieswick
Kris Frieswick joined host Gavin Reese in the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. She's an award winning editor, journalist, humorist, and author. Her debut novel, THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT, released on April 2, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, The Economist, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, and others. Kris discussed her deep love of history and historical fiction; how Steve Berry's master class at Thrillerfest made her momentarily doubt her manuscript; that Steve later blurbed her novel; and how she would trust Jack Reacher to avenge her death. Kris' debut novel: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Manuscript-Kris-Frieswick/dp/1642930245/ Kris' website: krisfrieswickauthor.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #krisfrieswick #ghostmanuscript #paranormalthriller #paranormal #carysjones #ghoststories
33:02
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Captain and Acclaimed Bestseller Isabella Maldonado
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Police Captain and Acclaimed Bestseller Isabella Maldonado
Critically acclaimed author Isabella Maldonado stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about her new release, DEATH BLOW. Isabella retired as a police captain, served as a hostage negotiator, and ended her career as the Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. Her Detective Veranda Cruz series has been named a Best First Book and among the Best 25 Suspense Novels of 2018. In addition to DEATH BLOW, Isabella and Writers On The Beat host Gavin Reese discussed her years-long process and effort to learn the craft of thriller and mystery writing, how writers can use local Citizens Police Academies to research and cultivate police relationships, and why "IGMO" remains among Isabella's favorite police jargon. For a short time after the release of this podcast (4-Apr-2019), fans can subscribe to her newsletter for a chance to win one of two copies of DEATH BLOW: isabellamaldonado.com Isabella's works: www.amazon.com/Isabella-Maldonado/e/B06Y5LYNQR Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ For more information: gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #deathblow #isabellamaldonado #copauthor #bestfirstbook #suspense #heroine #femalelead #latinacops #research #citizensonpatrol #citizensacademy
29:53
May 07, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former CIA Operative and International Bestseller Barry Eisler
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former CIA Operative and International Bestseller Barry Eisler
International bestselling author Barry Eisler steps into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions. Barry’s published works include 14 novels, 4 short stories, 2 essays. He spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan Judo Institute along the way. Eisler’s award-winning thrillers have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, including the #1 bestseller “The Detachment,” and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. When Barry’s not writing novels, he spends some of his time blogging about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. In this episode, Barry and host Gavin Reese discussed Eisler's latest release, THE KILLER COLLECTIVE, the institutional chaos necessary in espionage and crime fiction, taking advice from your future self, and why Livia Lone should investigate his hypothetical murder. Barry's works: www.amazon.com/Barry-Eisler/e/B001IQXSUE Barry's site: barryeisler.com Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com   #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #cia #barryeisler #thekillercollective #homicide #murder #conspiracytheory #livialone
40:20
May 05, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Detective Sergeant and Bestseller Bruce Coffin on Authenticity
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired Detective Sergeant and Bestseller Bruce Coffin on Authenticity
   Retired Detective Sergeant and bestselling author Bruce Coffin stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his latest release, BEYOND THE TRUTH. Bruce spent 27 years in law enforcement and retired from the Portland (Maine) PD, where he last supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations. For the four years following 9/11, Bruce served in a counter-terrorism role with the FBI, and his efforts there earned him that agency’s Director’s Award, the highest possible commendation for a non-agent. Bruce is the author of three published novels in his Detective Sergeant John Byron series. In this episode, Bruce and host Gavin Reese discussed "the first Portland," the weight and personal responsibility of homicide investigations, balancing reality with reader expectations, and how authentic writers bare their hearts and souls to the world.   "As a street cop [and detective] on the way to something that you know may be life altering...you don't feel the weight of it until later."  -- Bruce Coffin Bruce's works: www.amazon.com/Bruce-Robert-Coffin/e/B01IVS5EHQ Bruce's website: www.brucerobertcoffin.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #weightofthebadge #authenticity #homicide #murder #investigation #firstportland #portlandmaine #brucecoffin #beyondthetruth
38:21
May 05, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Harlan Coben
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestseller Harlan Coben
International bestseller Harlan Coben stopped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things about his new release, RUN AWAY. His fans have purchased more than 70 million copies of his novels in 43 countries and Harlan's created and executively produced television dramas for Netflix. He's earned critical acclaim in the US and Europe, and is the first author to have won the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award. In this episode, Harlan and host Gavin Reese discuss RUN AWAY, his writing process, avoiding modern distractions, improving craft, and his love of Spencer and Lieutenant Columbo. Harlan's works: www.amazon.com/Harlan-Coben/e/B000APCH7Y Harlan's website: www.harlancoben.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's website: gavinreese.com/
22:08
May 05, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Attorney and International Bestseller Steve Berry on History
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Former Attorney and International Bestseller Steve Berry on History
Former defense attorney and international bestseller Steve Berry stepped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions about his new release, THE MALTA EXCHANGE.  In addition to his four stand-alone novels, his wildly successful Cotton Malone series first published in 2006 and now includes 14 installments. His books are translated into 40 languages and Steve’s sold more than 23M copies in 51 countries. Prior to working as a published author, Steve spent three decades as a trial lawyer and 14 years as an elected official. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writer’s Association, and Steve and his wife created the nonprofit History Matters Foundation. In this episode, Steve and host Gavin Reese discuss THE MALTA EXCHANGE, the realities of life as a defense attorney, the difference between "representing" and "defending" a client, their mutual love of history and preservation efforts, and what Steve goes through to produce his novels. Steve's works: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Berry/e/B001H6W6DU Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #historymatters #history #research #steveberry #malta #themaltaexchange #historymattersfoundation
29:39
May 05, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Investigative Journalist and Bestseller Kevin Deutsch
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Investigative Journalist and Bestseller Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is a staff writer for the Bronx Justice News, an investigative journalist, true crime author, and podcast host. Among others, he's worked for the Miami Herald, Newsday, The Riverdale Press, and the Daily News. His freelance work has graced the pages of Newsweek, the New York Times, and Columbia Journalism Review, and he's taught journalism at Queen's College and Hofstra University. He's written two nonfiction crime books on street gangs, the latest of which garnered substantial attention ("Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire"). Kevin and host Gavin Reese discuss the relationship and commonalities between cops and reporters, the state of modern journalism, working in the shadows of your hero, and his love of Philip Marlowe and Raymond Chandler. "Local journalism is the future." -- Kevin Deutsch Kevin's published works: https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Deutsch/e/B00MBRB2DE Kevin's website: kevindeutsch.us Kevin's podcast: www.facebook.com/adarkturn/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #journalism #investigation #yellowjournalism #foia #controversy #drugs #poverty #ethics #batman #miamiherald #philipmarlowe #bxjusticenews #baltimore #pillcity #kevindeutsch #nyt #raymondchandler
44:35
May 04, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired NY-DOC Lieutenant and True Crime Author Charles Gardner on Prison Breaks
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired NY-DOC Lieutenant and True Crime Author Charles Gardner on Prison Breaks
Judge Charles Gardner stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear a few things up about the 2015 Dannemora prison escape.  Over the course of 25 years with New York Department of Corrections, Charles gained experience through stints in several Medium and Maximum security prisons, including the famed Sing-Sing and the Clinton Correctional Facility, more commonly known by the name of its location: Dannemora. He served on DOC’s emergency response team; known as CERT, spelled C-E-R-T, that specialty unit functions as the corrections equivalent of SWAT. In June 2015, two convicted murders escaped from the DOC facility in Dannemora, and a massive, prolonged manhunt ensued and captured international attention. Just last month, Charles released his true crime book, entitled DANNEMORA, which details the relevant history of both escapees, the desperate, 24-7 search to recover them, and the myriad of factors that allowed this terrifying crime to have occurred at all.  Living in the upstate New York area where he was raised, the Dannemora convicts escaped in his "backyard," and 23 days later, one was dead and the other captured and recovered in his "front yard." He made the decision to write this True Crime account when he believed impossible administrative rules made this dangerous escape both possible and eventual. Charlie's work: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DBPNWFM/ Charlie's website: charlesagardner.com/ Gavin's works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS Gavin's site: gavinreese.com    #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #prisonbreak #escape #dannemora #nydoc #excons #convicts #prisonlife #prisoner #killersontheloose #roadblocks #checkpoints #authenticity #truecrime #admin #adminfails
38:39
May 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veterinarian and International Bestseller James Rollins on Artificial Super Intelligence
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Veterinarian and International Bestseller James Rollins on Artificial Super Intelligence
International bestseller James Rollins stopped into the Interrogation Room to answer a few questions. Prior to writing full-time, James ran a successful veterinary practice. Readers across the world have since purchased millions of his works in 40 languages, and his novels include several stand-alones; fourteen installments of the popular Sigma Force series; the off-shoot Tucker Wayne series; the Order of the Sanguines series; the Jake Ransom middle grade series; and the blockbuster movie novelization of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”  In this episode, James and host Gavin Reese talk about Jim's new release, CRUCIBLE, and the relationships it explores between 15th/16th century witch persecution and the imminent existence of self-aware artificial super intelligence. The conversation also included his craft of writing cross-genre bestsellers, how underrated Michael Crichton's work is, and why Sherlock Holmes would be his chosen homicide detective.  James also explained his philanthropic efforts to help veterans in crisis, as well as how he and other authors are helping vets to write and publish their stories through the following organizations: usacares.org/ www.us4warriors.org/ James's site: jamesrollins.com    Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com www.facebook.com/writersbeatpodcast #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #asi #ai #artificialintelligence #crucible #jamesrollins #sigmaforce #witchcraft
34:46
May 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Preston & Child on VERSES FOR THE DEAD
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Preston & Child on VERSES FOR THE DEAD
International bestsellers Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child stepped into the Interrogation Room to help clear a few things up about their latest release, VERSES FOR THE DEAD.  As long-lived co-authors, they've released dozens of novels and sold more than 15M books in North America alone under their last names, PRESTON & CHILD. Readers can find a wealth of personal information on their website, prestonchild.com. Both writers have backgrounds in editing and professional literary education, and their wildly successful Pendergast series is translated into seven languages and sold all over the globe. In this episode, host Gavin Reese and The Dynamic Duo discussed the craft of surprise endings, the dynamics of a successful coauthor relationship, and how they would staff each other's murder investigations. Preston & Child's website: prestonchild.com Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #versesforthedead #pendergast #axlpendergast #prestonchild #douglaspreston #lincolnchild #murder #homicide #coauthor #crime #serialkiller #revenge #reckoning #grandcentral #grandcentralpublishing
45:38
May 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman talk about co-authoring RED HOTEL
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: International Bestsellers Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman talk about co-authoring RED HOTEL
International bestsellers Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller combined forces to write an geopolitical espionage thriller based on Ed Fuller's real life experiences. Their book, RED HOTEL, takes readers across the globe for a realistic ride-along as its protagonist, Dan Reilly, tries to get ahead of global terror threats.  Prior to this effort, Gary earned multiple Emmys in television production and wrote a bestselling series of international political thrillers. He’s also penned two nonfiction books, has worked for NBC News and the Boston Herald American, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and the Military Writers Society of America. Ed is the bestselling nonfiction author of YOU CAN’T LEAD WITH YOUR FEET ON THE DESK. He serves as president of a global business consulting consortium and as a director of the Federal Bureau of Investigators National Academy Associates Foundation. He spent 40 years with Marriot, 22 of which were as president and managing director of Marriot International. During that tenure, he oversaw the creation of that firm’s Global Security Strategy. Additionally, Ed served as in the US Army as a Captain and earned commendation medals and a Bronze Star. In this episode, Ed, Gary, and host Gavin Reese discuss co-authoring, fictionalizing real life experiences, and the time that Ed had to negotiate with drug lords to release his kidnapped coworkers. Buy RED HOTEL:  https://www.amazon.com/RED-Hotel-Ed-Fuller/dp/0825308909/ Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #terrorism #redhotel #edfuller #garygrossman #negotiation
30:31
May 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Kent The Cop Talks Drug Impairment and Socio-Narconomics
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Kent The Cop Talks Drug Impairment and Socio-Narconomics
   For this Episode, Kent The Cop stepped into the Interrogation Room to clear up a few things. Kent is a veteran officer and investigator, and is a nationally recognized Drug Recognition Expert, which is among the toughest titles to earn and maintain in the law enforcement profession. He has unique expertise on drug abuse and its physical and behavioral indicators, and his insights are helpful for any writer with a drug angle in their work, or, for that matter, a suspicious parent who might want insight into checking up on their kids.  Gavin’s works: www.amazon.com/Gavin-Reese/e/B072W5PPGS/ Gavin’s site: https://gavinreese.com #writersbeat #amwriting #amreading #amwritingfiction #thriller #espionage #writerslife #gavinthecop #gavinreese #police #policeprocedural #detective #conspiracy #conspiracyseries #writingcraft #nanowrimo #writingcoach #socionarconomics #drugeconomy #blackmarket
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May 03, 2019
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired CA-DOC Prison Warden and Bestseller James L'Etoile
WRITERS ON THE BEAT: Retired CA-DOC Prison Warden and Bestseller James L'Etoile
   Critically acclaimed author and retired prison warden James Le'Etoile stepped into the Interrogation Room, just to clear up a few things. James's crime fiction has been recognized by the Creative World Awards,  Acclaim Film, and the Scriptapalooza Television Script Competition. BURY THE PAST was a 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award finalist for Best Procedural of the Year. After working in probation, parole, investigations, hostage negotiations, and prison operations, James retired as a DOC warden and uses his decades of experience to fuel gritty crime stories with themes such as human trafficking, black market organ transplants, homelessness, and domestic