The following tips and insights are based on Catherine Hendricks’s discusson of her journey as a lawyer and mystery writer, which she presented at our January meeting. As a practicing attorney for 33 years, Catherine gathered lots of stories and a unique perspective on the criminal law process. Now she is writing under the name Sam Gaynor.
- Don’t overlook agents or contests in the UK when trying to pitch your book. UK bookstores are thriving, and it’s a nation of avid readers.
- One way to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of your mystery is to take advantage of training sessions available for civilians. For example, the nine-week Community Police Academy sponsored by the Seattle Police Department. Many communities offer similar full programs or one-day sessions.
- You can also take advantage of police ride-along programs.
- Lake Forest Park Police Department – Pick up a form on the second floor of the City Hall. Must be over 18 and have identification. 206-368-5440 (17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155)
- University of Washington Police Ride-Along
- Puyallup Police Department Ride Along
- Seattle Police Department – request through your local precinct
- Check with your local police, or the department in the area your writing is set for opportunities there.
Community Police Academies
- Seattle Police Department Community Police Academy
- City of Maple Valley / King County Community Police Academy
- Check your local area for others.
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