Thanks. I actually forgot about this site until I got a friend request the other day. I could have used your help when I was writing the crime scenes in my first book....I guess I still could. It's not published yet.
Course I've heard of Dolton, I'm a Harvey boy myself. Graduated Thornton Township in 75. Spent my teen years running around Harvey, Dolton, Riverdale etc.
Thanks for the welcome, been a sci fi fan most of my life but have become addicted to crime literature big time in the last couple of years. This looks like a great place for like minded people.
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It depends on how well the first one did. If it was a best seller, then sure, write another one. But if it didn't sell that well, try something new. If you have got seventeen years of cases, then there is a huge market for that. This gives you the opportunity to be the 'main character' and people you met along the way become your peripheral characters. If you are wondering if it will work, try writing one of the cases as a short story. Books like this are usually a dozen cases put together as a book, rather than one long investigation.
I think that people who work in the field of policing can often think that what they do is dry or boring but to the onlooker (which on so many occasions has been me) it is fascinating. I think the reader is interested in procedure and also, equally as importantly, the human element. Most of my books end up being about how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances.