I’ve noticed a large number of successful crime writers were journalists early in their careers. Has anyone else noticed this trend. Other than ex-police, I can’t think of any other profession so well represented.
I think you're right about the observational skills, deadlines and curiosity. If anybody's listened to Peter Temple talk about the process of self-editing as well, there's something in the way that the writing and story-telling methodology that lends itself to journalism and to crime writing.
Perhaps writing about it is a better choice to actually getting involved in a life of crime? (Slightly less spent on lawyer's fees anyway [vbeg]).
Yes. That would include the late Tony Hillerman who speaks of this in his autobiography. It's not really the way I write, but then my background is in literature. There are all sorts of ways one may come to the writing of the crime novel.
But not all committees confront the administration. In fact, most don't. Most exist because the administration says they have to. And then they play the game of giving all the work to the one member who was naive enough actually to do his assignment. The best way to get credit is to chair the committee and assign the work to others. But it's still a miserable way to spend an academic year. And a word of warning: anyone from English gets to keep the minutes. You'd best lie about that.
I know Michael Connelly was a journalist working the crime beat before he became a crime writer. I've heard him speak about his former job and how he used it to generate ideas and to create Harry Bosch.
I definitely recommend you read Michael Connelly if you like good police procedurals. His first book, "The Black Echo" won the Edgar award. He's written a dozen Bosch novels and a few others featuring different characters. Connelly's work inspired me to write my first police procedural, "White Tombs" which came out last March.