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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writersbeatpodcast/support

Writers On The Beat: Crime Writers and Crime Fighters Gavin Reese

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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writersbeatpodcast/support

    NYT Bestseller Ralph Pezzullo on memoirs and SAIGON

    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



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    • 32 min
    Acclaimed Writer David Rohlfing on Small Town Cops, Craft, and Heart Attacks

    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

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    • 40 min
    Acclaimed Bestseller Marc Cameron talks Jack Ryan and TOM CLANCY: CHAIN OF COMMAND

    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



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    • 27 min
    Retired Police Captain and Acclaimed Crime Author Frank Zafiro

    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


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    • 45 min
    Decorated Former US Army Ranger Officer and Acclaimed Author Ray McPadden

    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


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    • 44 min
    Former FBI Special Agent, Apache pilot, and Renowned Bestseller Don Bentley on Writing Jack Ryan, Jr.

    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



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    • 27 min

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