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Cops and Writers is a podcast hosted by retired police sergeant and author, Patrick O'Donnell. The podcast provides valuable insights and humor for crime writers who want to create accurate and believable police stories. O'Donnell conducts in-depth interviews with members of law enforcement and civilian experts, discussing police procedures and culture. He also interviews crime fiction writers and writers from different genres, discussing what works in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. The podcast offers candid stories told with cop humor and technical details about the world of law enforcement. 

Cops and Writers Podcast Patrick O'Donnell

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Cops and Writers is a podcast hosted by retired police sergeant and author, Patrick O'Donnell. The podcast provides valuable insights and humor for crime writers who want to create accurate and believable police stories. O'Donnell conducts in-depth interviews with members of law enforcement and civilian experts, discussing police procedures and culture. He also interviews crime fiction writers and writers from different genres, discussing what works in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. The podcast offers candid stories told with cop humor and technical details about the world of law enforcement. 

    165 Former Gambino Family Mobster to International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director, Louis Ferrante. (Part Two)

    165 Former Gambino Family Mobster to International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director, Louis Ferrante. (Part Two)

    Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with a former member of the Gambino Crime Family, now International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director Louis Ferrante.
    Mr. Ferrante grew up in New York City and became entangled in the Gambino crime family. He was eventually arrested and served almost ten years in prison. While he was incarcerated, he taught himself to write, and he fell in love with books. He promised himself that he would someday become an international bestselling author, and he did!
    Lou also created, wrote, produced, and hosted Inside The Gangster Code series for Discovery Channel about maximum security prisons and gang culture around the world.  
    As a special treat to everyone, I’m bringing back my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York City and was assigned to the NYPD’s organized crime unit which specialized in stolen cars, the same area of criminal expertise that was Lou’s, just on the other side of the law.
    Please enjoy this powerful and inspirational conversation with Lou Ferrante and Vic Ferrari.
    In today’s episode we discuss:
    ·      Life in a maximum-security prison.
    ·      Lightbulb moment for you when you were in prison that it was time for a change. 
    ·      Did you have to do something to declare that you were no longer a member of the mafia? I thought it was a lifetime commitment.
    ·      Did you find God, or turn away from him when you were at your lowest in prison? “No atheists in foxholes.”
    ·      First thing Lou you did when he was released from prison.
    ·      Lou’s newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy).
    ·      Why write this book?
    ·      Mob formed in Sicily. Sicily was an island in itself. Didn’t like rules or outsiders. 
    ·      How big of an influence is the mafia in Sicily today?
    ·      The mob and turning adversity into fortune?
    ·      Prohibition (Kennedy’s and other family’s made millions), the stock market crash of 2029, and World War 2, the U.S. military asking the mob for help.
    ·      What should we expect in book two?

    Check out Lou's newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy)
    Visit Lou on his website.

    Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    164 Former Gambino Family Mobster to International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director, Louis Ferrante. (Part One)

    164 Former Gambino Family Mobster to International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director, Louis Ferrante. (Part One)

    Welcome to part one of my interview with a former member of the Gambino Crime Family, now International Bestselling Author, Television Producer, and Director Louis Ferrante.
    Mr. Ferrante grew up in New York City and became entangled in the Gambino crime family. He was eventually arrested and served almost ten years in prison. While he was incarcerated, he taught himself to write, and he fell in love with books. He promised himself that he would someday become an international bestselling author, and he did!
    Lou also created, wrote, produced, and hosted, Inside The Gangster Code series for Discovery Channel about maximum security prisons and gang culture around the world.  
    As a special treat to everyone, I’m bringing back my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York City and was assigned to the NYPD’s organized crime unit and specialized in stolen cars, the same area of criminal expertise that was Lou’s, just on the other side of the law.

    In today’s episode we discuss:
    ·      Why do you think we are fascinated with criminals, more specifically gangsters? Some examples are The Sopranos, Scarface, Sons of Anarchy, etc.…?
    ·      How do you keep these stories of the mob “the old days” fresh for today’s audience?
    ·      What parallels are there with the mob and the street gangs of today?
    ·      What was life in a maximum-security prison really like? What keeps someone who will never leave alive in line?
    ·      What is the attraction to being in a gang or mafia?
    ·      Is there a mafia today? If yes, where do they operate?
    ·      How did you go from stealing cars and joyriding to making money chopping a car and later being involved in armed highjackings?
    ·      How did the mob get interested in you?
    ·      Eventually you got arrested. What were the circumstances? By what agency? Did you get offered a deal to be a rat? What was the offer? 
    ·      Is there a code of honor in the mafia and how that has changed over the years?

    Check out Lou's newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy)
    Visit Lou on his website.

    Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

    Support the show

    • 1 hr 30 min
    163 CSI Rebekah Strong: Bridging True Crime with Fictional Thrills in Law Enforcement (Part Two))

    163 CSI Rebekah Strong: Bridging True Crime with Fictional Thrills in Law Enforcement (Part Two))

    Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Crime Scene Investigator and Author Rebekah Strong.
    Rebekah Strong has served as an active member of law enforcement for over twenty years in a major metropolitan police department. She started in patrol and is now serving as a Crime Scene Investigator in her department's forensics unit where she is responsible for processing crimes from murders, robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults, and fatal vehicle crashes, to name a few.
    Rebekah Strong, writing under the pen name of R.J. Strong is a popular author that weaves her real-life experiences into her fiction. 
    In today’s episode we discuss:
    ·      Some of the biggest myths and misconceptions regarding CSI work.
    ·      What are some of the common error’s writers put into their stories regarding CSI work? When is it appropriate to distort reality to fit the story? 
    ·      The “CSI effect” for jurors making it tough on prosecutors to prove their case.
    ·      When did the writing bug bite you?
    ·      Are you self-published or do you have an agent/publisher? Why?
    ·      How much of your work experiences make it into your books? 
    ·      Tell us about your latest book, “Perimortem (Elloree Holt Forensic Crime Thriller Book 1).”

     Please visit Becky's website to learn more about her and her books!
    Do you want to get your CSI facts straight? Check out Becky's Book, Write Like A CSI: A Forensic Reference for Crime Writers

    Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

    Support the show

    • 57 min
    162 CSI Rebekah Strong: Bridging True Crime with Fictional Thrills in Her Novels. (Part One)

    162 CSI Rebekah Strong: Bridging True Crime with Fictional Thrills in Her Novels. (Part One)

    Welcome everyone to part one of my interview with Crime Scene Investigator and Author Rebekah Strong.
    Rebekah Strong is serving as an active member of law enforcement for over twenty years in a major metropolitan police department. She started in patrol and is now serving as a Crime Scene Investigator in her department's forensics unit where she processes crimes from murders, robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults, and fatal vehicle crashes, to name a few.
    Rebekah Strong, writing under the pen name of R.J. Strong is a popular author that weaves her real-life experiences into her fiction. 
    In today’s episode we discuss:
    ·      How she got interested in law enforcement at the tender age of nine.
    ·      Academy life as only one of four females in her academy class.
    ·      Equipment that was issued to her when she got out of the academy.
    ·      Her impressions of field training.
    ·      Her almost life ending on duty injury and how that shaped her life and career long after the incident.
    ·      PTSD and the effect it had on her professional and personal life.
     Please visit Becky's website to learn more about her and her books!
    Do you want to get your CSI facts straight? Check out Becky's Book, Write Like A CSI: A Forensic Reference for Crime Writers

    Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

    Support the show

    • 50 min
    Begorrah! It's A Special Bonus St. Patrick's Day Episode With Irish Police Officer (Garda) Marie O'Halloran

    Begorrah! It's A Special Bonus St. Patrick's Day Episode With Irish Police Officer (Garda) Marie O'Halloran

    Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Here is a special rebroadcast of my interview with my favorite Irish Cop, Marie O'Halloran!! 

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a rebroadcast from a few years ago with my favorite Irish Garda!

    In this special St. Parick's Day bonus episode, Marie O'Hlloran shares her experiences as a 22 year veteran of the Irish Polic Force, An Garda Síochána.

    Marie and I chat about everything from her training at Garda College, experiences on the job, and a treasure trove of other information about the Irish Police Force.

    She also reveals her struggles with the aftermath of a near-fatal squad accident she was severely injured in, and how she uses writing as a coping mechanism.

    Not only is Marie a Gard, but she also consults on various novels for best-selling writers and appears in the acknowledgments as Casey King, which is her pen name. Marie is a poet, playwright, and crime novel author.

    Check out Marie on Twitter at @letstalkcrime

    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website.
    If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.
    Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    161 Curiosity Unleashed! Exploring Writing, A.I., Podcasting, and Entrepreneurship, With NYT and USA Today Bestselling AuthorJoanna Penn

    161 Curiosity Unleashed! Exploring Writing, A.I., Podcasting, and Entrepreneurship, With NYT and USA Today Bestselling AuthorJoanna Penn

    Boy, do I have a treat for you guys! Along with my celebrity co-host Jodi Burnett,  my extra special guest on the show today is none other than Award-Winning, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, and Award-Winning Podcaster Joanna Penn!!!!
    Joanna Penn writes non-fiction for authors and is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller, dark fantasy, crime, and horror author as J.F. Penn. 
    She’s also an award-winning podcaster as the host of the Creative Penn Podcast that, according to Listen Notes, is in the top 0.5% of three million of all global podcasts. She is also a creative entrepreneur and a highly sought after international professional speaker.
    In today’s episode we discuss:
    ·      Trigger warnings and the implications of using them.
    ·      Her newest book, “Writing The Shadow: Turn Your Inner Darkness into Words.”
    ·      The moment in time Joanna Penn quit her day job and took the plunge into being a full-time author entrepreneur. 
    ·      Lessons learned from Joanna’s business accomplishments and missteps. 
    ·      Keeping up with and benefiting from artificial intelligence and other fast-paced technology. 
    ·      Keeping her business as fresh and fun as when she first started.
    ·      Giving away the farm. When is it appropriate and effective?
    ·      The impact and value of podcasting. Setting realistic goals and expectations.
    ·      Joanna’s favorite book she has written.
    Please visit Joanna Penn's website to learn more about her and her books!
    Please visit Jodi Burnett at her website to learn more about her and her books.

    Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website. 
    Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/

    Support the show

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

moonmist ,

Nick Petrie - Episode 158

A highly interesting interview with author Nick Petrie. He truly is a ‘blue collar’ author. Lots of great info in this episode. And, as always, Patrick O’Donnell brings out the best in each of his guests and lets them shine. Patrick is always well prepared and asks the questions each of his listeners would ask themselves. He never leaves his guests, or his listeners, hanging. I’ve listened to untold numbers of podcasts on writing and crime and none can hold a candle to Patrick’s Cops and Writers podcast.

RondaWrites ,

Patrick is a great host

Patrick has the perfect voice for a podcaster—and he does a fabulous job interviewing his guests. And the guests are always interesting! If you write crime/suspense/mystery, this is the podcast to follow. 🙌🏻

46774222 ,

Distracting

The podcast material is excellent. The main issue is that there is rustling and background noise ( I think some of it is where the host is writing) that makes it too distracting to listen to.

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