Cops and Writers Podcast

Patrick O'Donnell

Cops and Writers is an informative, and often humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host, Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell, worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story. O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure, getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also interview crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will discuss what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.

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086 Weaving K-9s Into Your Stories With Best Selling Authors Jodi Burnett And Kathleen Donnelly
3d ago
086 Weaving K-9s Into Your Stories With Best Selling Authors Jodi Burnett And Kathleen Donnelly
Today’s show is going to the dogs! My guests on the show today are award-winning best-selling authors who weave K-9s into their stories, Jodi Burnett and Kathleen Donnelly.Award-winning author Kathleen Donnelly has been a handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a Colorado-based narcotics K-9 company—since 2005. She loves crafting realism into her fictional stories from her dog-handling experience. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and formerly wrote for The Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where she won a Colorado Press Award.Jodi Burnett is a best-selling indie superstar author with over twelve books published in a little over two years, earning her over six figures a year! Jodi treats her author career as a business, and that is paying dividends for her. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      The importance of professional, eye-appealing author websites and book covers.·      Why Jodi is a self-published author and the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie.·      Why Kathleen is a traditionally published author and the advantages and disadvantages of this author path.·      Why people are drawn to stories with dogs in them.·      How they researched the utilization of K-9s in law enforcement.·      Best advice for authors who are writing stories about dogs or have them as characters in their books.·      Kathleen’s Sherlock Hounds K-9 Detection service. ·      The pros of attending author conventions.·      Their writing tips, tools, and routines.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Jodi on her website!Check out Jodi's Amazon Author Page.Check out episode #45 Of the Cops and Writers Show with Jodi BurnettCheck out Kathleen's author website!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
086 Weaving K-9s Into Your Stories With Best Selling Authors Jodi Burnett And Kathleen Donnelly
3d ago
086 Weaving K-9s Into Your Stories With Best Selling Authors Jodi Burnett And Kathleen Donnelly
Today’s show is going to the dogs! My guests on the show today are award-winning best-selling authors who weave K-9s into their stories, Jodi Burnett and Kathleen Donnelly.Award-winning author Kathleen Donnelly has been a handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a Colorado-based narcotics K-9 company—since 2005. She loves crafting realism into her fictional stories from her dog-handling experience. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and formerly wrote for The Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where she won a Colorado Press Award.Jodi Burnett is a best-selling indie superstar author with over twelve books published in a little over two years, earning her over six figures a year! Jodi treats her author career as a business, and that is paying dividends for her. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      The importance of professional, eye-appealing author websites and book covers.·      Why Jodi is a self-published author and the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie.·      Why Kathleen is a traditionally published author and the advantages and disadvantages of this author path.·      Why people are drawn to stories with dogs in them.·      How they researched the utilization of K-9s in law enforcement.·      Best advice for authors who are writing stories about dogs or have them as characters in their books.·      Kathleen’s Sherlock Hounds K-9 Detection service. ·      The pros of attending author conventions.·      Their writing tips, tools, and routines.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Jodi on her website!Check out Jodi's Amazon Author Page.Check out episode #45 Of the Cops and Writers Show with Jodi BurnettCheck out Kathleen's author website!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
085 Author And NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari Gives Us A Sneak Peek Into The Life Of A NYPD Detective (Part Two)
Sep 25 2022
085 Author And NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari Gives Us A Sneak Peek Into The Life Of A NYPD Detective (Part Two)
Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Author and NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari! Author Vic Ferrari is a retired New York City Police Department detective with the hamstrings of a twenty-year-old. A survivor of an Irish father and Italian mother, Vic loves a cold beer and insists on you removing your shoes when entering his home. When he's not writing, he's picking up after his neurotic Irish Wolfhound.   In today’s episode we discuss:·      Compstat Policing.·      The perilous unintended consequences of highly restrictive pursuit policies and because of ego, the unwillingness of command staff to change.·      Vic’s humorous and informative tell-all books about life in the NYPD.·      The reaction Vic received from his former colleagues regarding his books, the answer might surprise you.·      Vic’s life as an author.·      What life was like as an NYPD detective on 9/11 and his firsthand accounts from ground zero.·      Common NYPD misconceptions that are generated from Hollywood and other media outlets. All of this and more on the conclusion of my interview with Vic Ferrari! Visit Vic's Amazon page to find his books!Check out Vic on Instagram!, Twitter, and Facebook!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
083 Solving Author Problems, Creator And CEO Of BookFunnel, Damon Courtney
Sep 11 2022
083 Solving Author Problems, Creator And CEO Of BookFunnel, Damon Courtney
On today’s show, I will interview Damon Courtney, the creator, and CEO of BookFunnel.BookFunnel is an ebook and audiobook delivery service for authors and publishers. As a lifelong software engineer, Damon is an expert in just about everything technical and can offer unique insight into publishing as it relates to software and technology. He has also self-published a single Fantasy trilogy and continues to spin stories in his head that he hopes to publish soon.​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Damon as a coder and author.·      What is BookFunnel and who can benefit from this software?·      The process of loading a book onto BookFunnel.·      The excellent customer support that BookFunnel authors and readers receive.·      The many purposes for BookFunnel, including ARC copies and direct selling.·      Best practices for entrepreneurs.·      Damon’s author career.·      The future for Damon and BookFunnelAll of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out the BookFunnel website to learn more about this fantastic tool. Visit Damon's author website.Listen to Damon's dramatic reading.Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
082 New York Times Best Selling, Edgar Award Winning Author, And Judge, David Ellis
Sep 4 2022
082 New York Times Best Selling, Edgar Award Winning Author, And Judge, David Ellis
On today’s show, I will interview the Honorable David Ellis. Judge Ellis is the Edgar-winning bestseller of ten novels of suspense, as well as eight bestsellers co-authored with James Patterson. His latest thriller, LOOK CLOSER, was released in July 2022. In December 2014, Dave was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District. Before taking the bench, Dave was in private practice specializing in constitutional law, where his work included serving as the House Prosecutor who tried and convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate.​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Why David became a lawyer, and ultimately a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.·      How does a person become a judge?·      His favorite part of being a judge.·      When his author life blends with his life on the bench.·      Why he writes.·      His extraordinary workday juggling all of his responsibilities.·      David’s writing process and navigating complex plots.·      Writing with James Patterson.·      The Bobby Knight quote, “Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.” All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast Visit David's website with links to his books and social media.Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupFor you writers out there, Mark Dawson has opened up the wildly popular Ads for Authors class.Consider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
080 Investigating Murder and Terrorism With New Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Steven Keogh
Aug 21 2022
080 Investigating Murder and Terrorism With New Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Steven Keogh
On today’s show, we are traveling across the pond to England. I will chat with the author of Murder Investigation Team: How Killers Are Really Caught, retired Detective Inspector Steven Keogh. DI Keogh spent over half of his 30-year police career as a Scotland Yard detective, hunting down terrorists and some of the worst murderers in London. For the final 12 years of his career, he was part of the investigations into over 100 homicides. He achieved the rank of detective inspector and was a nationally recognized senior investigating officer (SIO). He was on Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch during the time of the London bombings on 7th July 2005. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why do people kill?·      What drew Steve to law enforcement?·      Why and when he became a detective?·      Popular myths and misconceptions regarding New Scotland Yard.·      Steve’s time in the anti-terrorism branch of Scotland Yard.·      Steve’s role in investigating the London July 7 bombings.·      Steve’s time with Scotland Yard’s Murder Team.·      Steve’s retirement and his book, Murder Investigation Team: How Killers Are Really Caught. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Steve's website! Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupFor you writers out there, Mark Dawson has opened up the wildly popular Ads for Authors class. Consider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
079 British Police Sergeant Ralph Kern Interviews American Law Enforcement Officers Adam Richardson And Patrick O'Donnell
Aug 14 2022
079 British Police Sergeant Ralph Kern Interviews American Law Enforcement Officers Adam Richardson And Patrick O'Donnell
Today we have a very special episode for all of you. British Police Sergeant Ralph Kern Interviews American Law Enforcement Officers Adam Richardson And Patrick O'Donnell!As mentioned, on today’s show, we have two of the most esteemed guests this show has ever had. We’re going to chat with Patrick O’Donnell and B Adam Richardson, the founder of the Cops and Writers Facebook group, along with the books of the same name, and B Adam Richardson, creator of the Writer’s detective School and The Writers Detective Bureau Podcast and Facebook group.These are the go-to resources that anyone who wants to write a cop thriller should use. Even those of us who are cops trying our hand at writing should view them as an invaluable resource for articulating our real-world experiences to the page. For those who are a little confused about the role reversal here, when chatting during and after my own show, I realized how fascinating a career and life Patrick and Adam have had and how many questions I had for them. And I can’t be the only one in the group who feels like that. It would, pun slightly intended, be a crime not to get that out there for you Cops and Writers. First, can I just express the writing community’s thanks for the sheer amount of time and effort you gentlemen put in? The work you do is simply amazing.On today's show we discuss:Who are Patrick and Adam?Tell us about your upbringing. When did that first spark an interest in the Police? Why?What was the application and assessment process?What was the training school like?What was day one on the job like?What was the on-the-job training you received?First ‘sporty’ incident?How do your forces work in terms of structure/departments? Response, Detectives, Support, Forensics, etc?Your own career path?Most enjoyable period of your career?An experience that illustrates the real-life harshness of being a cop?Bringing it back telling us an amusing story from your career?What equipment are you equipped with?Ranks and responsibilities?How did you get into writing?What do you get out of it?About your books?About your characters?Realistic books / TV shows / Films which people can use as resources?Tropes that are unrepresentative or you simply dislike.You support writers both aspiring and veterans. What made you go down that line?Discussion on mental health within the Police. Thank you so much for everything you two do.Check out Ralph Kern's website!Visit Adam Richardson over at the Writers Detective Bureau website! Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
078 "The" Narcos, D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy And Javier Peña And Taking Down Pablo Escobar (Part Two)
Aug 7 2022
078 "The" Narcos, D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy And Javier Peña And Taking Down Pablo Escobar (Part Two)
Welcome back to part two of my interview with “The” Narcos who helped bring down Pablo Escobar! Retired D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are former DEA agents best known for bringing down Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the '90s, as dramatized in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos and chronicled in their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Their colleague’s reaction to their newfound fame.·      Who filled the void left by Pablo’s cocaine empire being destroyed?·      How Pablo Escobar gained so much wealth and power in a short amount of time.·      Pop culture’s fascination with high-profile criminals like Pablo Escobar.·      Have they gone back to Columbia after all these years?·      Their worldwide speaking tour and the feedback from the audience.·      The Game of Crimes Podcast. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about Steve and Javier and their incredible story at their website! Check out the incredible podcast, Game of Crimes!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
077 "The" Narcos, D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy And Javier Peña And Taking Down Pablo Escobar (Part One)
Jul 31 2022
077 "The" Narcos, D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy And Javier Peña And Taking Down Pablo Escobar (Part One)
Today I’m very excited to bring you episode one of two with “The” Narcos who helped bring down Pablo Escobar! Retired D.E.A. Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are former DEA agents best known for bringing down Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the '90s, as dramatized in the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos and chronicled in their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Pablo’s Hippos.·      Steve and Javier’s beginnings in law enforcement and their path to becoming D.E.A. Agents.·      How someone should prepare themselves to become a D.E.A. Agent.·      How both of their careers changed after bringing down one of the biggest cocaine dealers in history.·      What their role was in the Netflix series “Narcos” and how it has changed their lives.·      Their book Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar.·      How Steve’s wife joined him in Columbia on this dangerous mission.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about Steve and Javier and their incredible story at their website! Check out the incredible podcast, Game of Crimes!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
076 USA Today Bestselling Indie Author Dan Petrosini “The price of discipline is always less than the cost of regret.”
Jul 17 2022
076 USA Today Bestselling Indie Author Dan Petrosini “The price of discipline is always less than the cost of regret.”
On today’s show, we will travel to sunny Florida to chat with the USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Dan Petrosini! A fan of books and films that have twists and are difficult to predict, Dan crafts his stories to prevent readers from guessing correctly. He writes every day, forcing the words out when necessary, and has written over twenty-five novels to date.Today’s show is for you crime writers who want to up your game!In today’s episode we discuss:·      Dan’s favorite quote, “The price of discipline is always less than the cost of regret.”·      Dan’s other career as a musician playing the tenor saxophone and the similarities to being a musician and an author.·      How he gets his police facts right.·      Dan’s successful marketing plan.·      How he became a USA Today's Best-Selling Author.·      The importance of series, especially a “flagship series.”·      His experience with audiobooks. ·      Why he is a self-published author. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Dan at his website! Check out Dan's Amazon Author's page! Read "The War of Art"Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
074 Police Psychologists Heather Kersten And Emily Jirikowic Talk First Responder Mental Health
Jul 3 2022
074 Police Psychologists Heather Kersten And Emily Jirikowic Talk First Responder Mental Health
On today’s show, I’m so happy to have Dr. Heather Kersten and Dr. Emily Jirikowic who are co-founders of First Responder's PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES. The good doctors who are most commonly referred to as police psychologists provide debriefings, crisis intervention, and trauma treatment. They have realized the importance of psychoeducation and face-time with members to build trust and gain acceptance in a field requiring specialized skill and ability.These doctors work on the front lines with first responders in the most trying of times and provide much-needed support. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Dr. Kersten and Dr. Jirikowic’s First Responders Psychological Services.·      When a debriefing is appropriate and what one looks like.·      Their role in crisis intervention with first responders.·      What psycho evaluations are and when they are conducted.·      Both doctors experience starting their careers working in the prison system with sex offenders.·      Having police officers in their immediate family and the unique perspective that gives them.·      What P.T.S.D. is and how it can be misunderstood.·      How to prevent P.T.S.D. and lessen its effects. ·      Suicide prevention and best practices dealing with suicidal subjects.·      How do members deal or don’t deal with leaving police work and reintegrating into a “normal lifestyle.” All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Emily and Heather on their website!Read Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER and Tribe. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSuidie hotline: 1-800-273-8255Check out 053 Police Chaplain George Papachristou on the Cops and Writers PodcastConsider buying me a coffee :-)Support the show
073 F.B.I. Special Agent Jerri Williams Takes Us On A Guided Tour Of Thrillerfest, Her Podcasting And Author Career
Jun 26 2022
073 F.B.I. Special Agent Jerri Williams Takes Us On A Guided Tour Of Thrillerfest, Her Podcasting And Author Career
On today’s show, I’m honored to bring back Retired F.B.I Special Agent Jerri Williams!  Jerri was my guest way back on April 11, 2021, episode #11, which is still one of the most popular episodes to date! Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. During her FBI career, Jerri investigated many crimes, including bank robberies, and later she specialized in cases targeting major economic crime and corruption. Her investigation of a $350 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high-profiled philanthropists, and beneficiary donors resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures. Toward the end of her federal law enforcement career, Jerri was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau.On today’s show, Jerri does a thorough analysis of Thrillerfest, podcasting, and her author career.  In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Jerri’s fiction and nonfiction books.·      Her wildly successful podcast, F.B.I. Retried Case File Review, and her advice to new podcasters.·      What Thrillerfest is and who attends it.·      How Thrillerfest has changed her career.·      Her experience giving a class and being on a panel with bestselling authors.·      The costs of attending Thrillerfest.·      The stigma that was attached to being an indie author and how that is changing.·      Hoping that Jerri attends 20books Vegas.·      The exciting projects Jerri is involved with. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Jerri's website, which has links to her books, podcast, and much more!Listen to episode #11 of the Cops and Writers Podcast with Jerri as my guest!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show
072 Motorcycle Medic Gavy Friedson Is Saving Lives With The United Hatzalah Israel
Jun 19 2022
072 Motorcycle Medic Gavy Friedson Is Saving Lives With The United Hatzalah Israel
On today’s show, I will interview Gavy Friedson. Gavy is a Global Ambassador to United Hatzalah Israel. These motorcycle ambulances can reach people in need in 90 seconds to 3 minutes. Gavriel Friedson has been saving lives since the age of fifteen. Over the course of nineteen years on the job, Friedson has distinguished himself through over 10,000 emergency calls. He has been the first medic on the scene at several terrorist attacks during his years as a first responder. Gavriel has been to several disasters to provide humanitarian aid, including hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In 2022, he assisted with medical rescue flights helping evacuate Ukrainian refugees to Israel.   In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How he helped deliver his math teacher's baby at age fifteen.·      School life in Israel, including their safety measures and having to learn a new language.·      What life in a country that is in a constant state of war is really like. The answer may surprise you.·      The many advantages of post-high school mandatory service.·      The idea of using motorcycles, A.T.V.’s, and boats to respond to medical emergencies in 90 seconds to 3 minutes, compared to the traditional ambulances that could take 20 minutes to respond saving countless lives.·      Why a country that is in a constant state of war has record low P.T.S.D. numbers in their soldiers and first responders. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out United Hatzalah's website! Check out some YouTube videos with Gavy and United HatzalahMore YouTube videos of Gavy and United Hatzalah in UkraineEven More YouTube videosOne more YouTube video!My interview with Jack Carr on the Cops and Writers PodcastEnjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show
071 Ric Prado, Black Ops: The Life Of A CIA Shadow Warrior (Part Two)
Jun 12 2022
071 Ric Prado, Black Ops: The Life Of A CIA Shadow Warrior (Part Two)
Welcome back to part two of my interview with former Operations Officer of the CIA, Ric Prado!My guest on the show today is New York Times Bestselling Author and retired Operations Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency Enrique “Ric” Prado. Mr. Prado is a twenty-four-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts. Mr. Prado spent his first ten years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special Activities Division (SOG/SAD, Ground Branch), the CIA’s “special operations force.” His service included 36 months in Central American jungles as the first CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps. Subsequently running counterterrorism/insurgency operations in Latin America and in the Philippines.  Cuban born and immigrating solo to the US at 10 - which landed him in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado - “Ric” inherited early on a “debt of honor” to the USA. Thus, he volunteered for military service at 20. Ric joined the US Air Force elite Pararescue Teams P.J.’s. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Tradecraft and situational awareness. How average citizens can stay safe following some basic concepts. ·      Coopers Scale.·      How to not get caught by the enemy, and what to do if you are.·      Pre and post 9/11 and how it changed our nation and how the intelligence community conducted their business. ·      Communication between the FBI and CIA.·      Why Ric wrote the book Black Ops and how it has changed him and others. ·      Why Ric’s book, Black Ops should be required reading for high school and college students today.·      Our biggest threats to the United States today.·      Why socialism is the mask of communism. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Part One of my interview with Ric! Visit Ric Prado's website to learn more about him and his book, Black Ops. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors! Support the show
070 Ric Prado, Black Ops: The Life Of A CIA Shadow Warrior (Part One)
Jun 5 2022
070 Ric Prado, Black Ops: The Life Of A CIA Shadow Warrior (Part One)
My guest on today’s show was so interesting, his life story couldn’t fit in just one episode! So, look for episode two of this interview to go live on June 12, 2022. My guest on the show today is New York Times Bestselling Author and retired Operations Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency Enrique “Ric” Prado. Mr. Prado is a twenty-four-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts. Mr. Prado spent his first ten years at CIA as a paramilitary officer in Special Operations Group/Special Activities Division (SOG/SAD, Ground Branch), the CIA’s “special operations force.” His service included 36 months in Central American jungles as the first CIA officer living in the anti-Sandinista “Contra” camps. Subsequently running counterterrorism/insurgency operations in Latin America and in the Philippines.  Cuban born and immigrating solo to the US at 10 - which landed him in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado - “Ric” inherited early on a “debt of honor” to the USA. Thus, he volunteered for military service at 20. Ric joined the US Air Force elite Pararescue Teams P.J.’s.  In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why Ric carried the Walther PPK as a backup weapon, the iconic spy gun used by James Bond.·      The false portrayal of the Central Intelligence Agency spun by Hollywood common in movies and television.·      Common C.I.A. terms and vocabulary.·      Ric’s early memories of Fidel Castro’s forces invading and occupying Cuba.·      John F. Kennedy’s betrayal of the people of Cuba and the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.· What life in Castro’s Cuba was really like, including the government taking all your possessions, public lynchings, children encouraged to spy on their parents, and what a Castro neighborhood watch looked like. · Ric’s escape from communist Cuba to the United States at age ten without his parents and landing in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado.· Ric’s path to becoming a member of the Air Force’s elite Pararescue Teams known as the P.J.’s, him being a firefighter/paramedic for Miami Dade Metro, and how those experiences helped him eventually become a C.I.A. Operations Officer. · Ric’s first job with the C.I.A. as a contractor helping the Contras fight the communist Sandinistas in the jungles of Honduras. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Ric Prado's website to learn more about him and his book, Black Ops. Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors! Support the show
069 Kickstarting His Authorpreneur Career, Paddy Finn Is Always Up For An Adventure,
May 29 2022
069 Kickstarting His Authorpreneur Career, Paddy Finn Is Always Up For An Adventure,
Cops and Writers are taking you across the pond to the Emerald Isle with Paddy Finn!Have you ever considered selling all your worldly possessions and embarking on a six-month trip across Europe, and maybe further? This sounds like something a young person just finishing high school or college might do. My guest on today’s show is at the start of this journey, but, with his wife, three small children ranging in age from one to seven, and mother-in-law. Paddy Finn is no stranger to new adventures. This entrepreneur left a lucrative career in what many would consider the prime of his employment life, to start his author's career. Today, Paddy Finn is the CEO of Starcane Press and Penny Dragon Games, Paddy Finn writes military science fiction, murder mysteries, and runs several tabletop roleplaying game Kickstarter campaigns each year. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How he and his family are going to travel Europe in an R.V. while managing his entrepreneurial career.·      Why he is embarking on this adventure.·      How the 20 Books London conference changed his life.·      His path from a lucrative I.T. job to full-time writer, without a safety net!·      Best book marketing advice.·      The importance of 1,000 True Fans or Super Fans.·      The life-changing effect in Paddy’s life with Kickstarter and who should start one.·      Best, and worst, practices with Kickstarter. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Paddy at Starcane Press, Penny Dragon Games, and Killian C. Carter.Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors!  Support the show
068 Cold War Military Aviation Thriller Author And Co-Host Of The Popular SPF Podcast James Blatch
May 22 2022
068 Cold War Military Aviation Thriller Author And Co-Host Of The Popular SPF Podcast James Blatch
On today’s show, it is my pleasure to be joined once again by the writer of Cold War military aviation thrillers, The Final Flight and Dark Flight, James Blatch! Many of you know James from the Self-Publishing Show Podcast that he co-hosts with Mark Dawson. He is also partnered up with Mark Dawson for the Self Publishing Formula (SPF) which includes free writer resources and guides and the wildly popular courses for writers, Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors. James and I had a lot of fun with this interview! I hope you guys enjoy this episode. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How his mother and father were in the Royal Air Force and how it influenced him growing up and his writing. ·      His first book, The Final Flight, and how it changed or didn’t change his life.·      The power of emotion in your story and characters.·      The challenges of writing his latest book, Dark Flight, and how he overcame them.·      What works and doesn’t work in book marketing, including TikTok, and paid ads on Amazon and Facebook.·      The importance of audiobooks.·      What’s in the future for SPF and James Blatch. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Learn more about James Blatch and buy his books on his website!Listen or watch the Self Publishing Show Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupIf you are a new author and are wondering how to maximize sales or you are a published author who wants to elevate your author career, check out Self Publishing 101 and Mark Dawson's Ads for Authors!Support the show
067 Mark Rhyner M.D. On Treating First Responders, Preventative Medicine, Death, And Being Your Own Healthcare Advocate
May 15 2022
067 Mark Rhyner M.D. On Treating First Responders, Preventative Medicine, Death, And Being Your Own Healthcare Advocate
Is there a doctor in the house? There is today on the Cops and Writers Podcast. It was my pleasure to interview Dr. Mark Rhyner.  Dr. Rhyner earned his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, where he served as co-chief resident. He is board certified in family medicine and was named a “top doctor” by Milwaukee Magazine, and he has been my family doctor for over twenty years.For more than twenty years, I have trusted the good doctor with my family and my own health. He is one of the best in the business.  In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Dr. Rhyner’s path to becoming a doctor.·      What education and training are required to become a doctor?·      What medical school was really like.·      The unique health problems and challenges police officers and other first responders have in common and how the good doctor treats them.·      How Dr. Rhyner breaks bad news and how he deals with the eventual death of some of his patience.·      The importance of preventative medicine.·      Alternative medicine, such as chiropractic and acupuncture.·      How you can be a better consumer and advocate for yourself when dealing with your healthcare.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out Dr. Rhyner's favorite books; Thinking, Fast and Slow and Discourse on the MethodEnjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupSupport the show