Thursday, September 18, 2014

Researching Crime and Law Enforcement!

Debby Giusti here!

I recently attended the Writers' Police Academy, held in Jamestown, North Carolina, and came home with a notebook full of information I can use in my stories. The conference is the brainchild of Lee Lofland, a former cop turned writer. He brings law enforcement experts from around the country together each year and hosts four-days of workshops, drive-alongs, hands-on demonstrations and simulated activities for writers.

Debby Giusti (L) with fellow writer Connie Gillam (R)
taking part in an ambulance drive-along. The sirens were screaming
and lights flashing as we raced around the campus!

A mock crash site demonstration. 

The Sheriff's Department Dive Team put on an
Underwater Evidence Retrieval Demonstration.

This year, registration booked up in twelve hours, which proves how many authors want to take part. For anyone writing in the suspense or mystery genres, the Writers' Police Academy--or WPA--is a dream come true. The faculty was eager to answer our questions and even add tips they thought would improve our stories. Not only did we get the facts, but we also learned about the person behind the badge. Hearing them banter back and forth, tell jokes and war tales, provided lots of fodder for our own stories.
Lucky me to get my picture with Michael Conneally, the
guest speaker at the WPA banquet SAT night. According
to Lee, Michael gets it right about cops in his novels.

Check out information about the WPA on their website. Lee also has a great blog, The Graveyard Shift, and he's always open to comments and questions.

I'm hoping to attend next year. Maybe I'll see you there!

Happy writing! Happy reading!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti


Mission: Christmas Rescue by Debby Giusti 
On the run from a killer, Elizabeth Tate must accept U.S. Army Captain Nick Fontaine’s protection for the sake of her young niece and nephew. Now her life is in the hands of the very man who broke her heart years ago.

Special Ops Christmas by Susan Sleeman 
Researcher Claire Reed’s top secret project is stolen, putting her at risk of being kidnapped to unlock it. Her undercover bodyguard—her former love, Green Beret Travis Chapman—is on his most dangerous mission yet.

Homefront Holiday Hero by Jodie Bailey 
When someone tries to kill the daughter of a military official, U.S. Army major Tyler Rainey must keep Kelly Walters from harm…while guarding his own heart against very unexpected feelings.


Jackie Smith said...

I enjoyed the report on your trip....sounds like you had fun!
Looking forward to reading your great books!

Jennifer said...

My mom is a medical transcription and she used go to meetings about EMT's and they'd tell stories. I was able to go a few times and very interesting to here what they have to say.
My mom and I will share this book when it comes out. Hi Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jackie,
Thanks for your kind words about my books. Yes, the WPA was great. I learned so much!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jennifer,

Tell your mother hello for me. And you sister too!

I'm sure the EMTs had lots of stories to tell. The ones I met were eager to share information and help all the writers.

Pauldavidpope said...

Ur article about your trip looks very good, you are mind blowing writer , you get to the depth of the report , Looking forward to reading your great books!

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to see how you put what you learned into another amazing read!