Cops and Writers Podcast

Cops and Writers Podcast

Cops and Writers is an informative, and often humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host, Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell, worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story. O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure, getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also interview crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will discuss what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.

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May 22, 2022 92 min

On today’s show, it is my pleasure to be joined once again by the writer of Cold War military aviation thrillers, The Final Flight and Dark Flight, James Blatch!

Many of you know James from the Self-Publishing Show Podcast that he co-hosts with Mark Dawson. He is also partnered up with Mark Dawson for the Self Publishing Formula (SPF) which includes free writer resources and guides and the wildly popular courses for writers, Self P...

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Is there a doctor in the house? There is today on the Cops and Writers Podcast. It was my pleasure to interview Dr. Mark Rhyner.  

Dr. Rhyner earned his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, where he served as co-chief resident. He is board certified in family medicine and was named a “top doctor” by Milwaukee Magazine, and he has been my f...

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For today’s episode, I will be chatting with Ryburn Dobbs. 

Ryburn taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working on dozens of death investigations.

In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst, specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

Ryburn is also an author...

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In today’s episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast, I interview Michael Anderle and Craig Martelle. 

Michael Anderle started releasing books in November of 2015. Three in November, one in December, and one in January. By November of 2016, he was doing six figures a month in sales, and that December he started publishing others in collaboration with other authors. Over the last six years Michael’s publishing company, LMBPN has publis...

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I have a special treat for you guys today! It was my honor and privilege to interview New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and former Navy Seal Jack Carr. 

Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and...

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I have a treat for you guys today!

It was my privilege to interview the author of; Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels, retired California Game Warden Lt. John Nores.  

​John has a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University in Criminal Justice Administration. John was awarded the Governor’s Medal of Valor for lifesaving and leadership efforts in 20...

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Today we are traveling to sunny Florida where I speak with Author, Actor, Stand-Up Comic, and (retired) Los Angles Country Sheriff Sergeant Cliff Yates.

Cliff Yates spent 35 years as a police officer from upstate New York to Los Angeles. For 25 years he was a cop by day and comedian by night. After being featured on a local Los Angeles tv show, he became known as L.A’s Comedy Cop. He has produced comedy specials at the Hollywood Pal...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! As I record this interview it’s only a couple of days away, so to honor this day we are going to travel across the pond to the Emerald Isle to chat with my returning guest and my favorite Garda, Marie O’Halloran.

Casey King is the crime writing alter-ego of crime fighter, Marie O’Halloran. She has spent over two decades as a member of the Irish Police Force, also known as the An Garda Síochána, and...

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In Today’s episode, we travel to St. Petersburg Florida to chat with Author Nathan Van Coops.

Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg, Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. When not tinkering on old airplanes, he writes heroic adventure stories that explore imaginative new worlds. He is the author of the time travel adventure series In Times Like These, and Paradox PI, as well as The Skylighter Adventures. His recent series,...

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Dr. Katherine Ramsland has never second-guessed her career decisions. It's a good thing because they have been some of the best decisions she has ever made.  

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI,...

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Today’s episode takes us to sunny California where I chat with a man of many talents, Ryan Burke.

Does Ryan's voice sound familiar to you? It should, he is the voice of the introduction to this podcast and the narrator for one of my Cops and Writers audiobooks. 

Ryan Burke is Canadian; his parents and extended family are Australian, and he lives in America pursuing a career in entertainment. His eclectic background is reflected b...

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Today’s episode takes us to coastal New Hampshire where I chat with bestselling author, J.D. Barker. 

J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. His latest, A CALLER'S GAME, will be released on February 22. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. 

 His books have been translated into two dozen languages, sold in more than 150 coun...

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Today’s episode takes us over the pond to England where I chat with West Midlands Police Sergeant and author, Ralph Kern. 

Ralph Kern is a sergeant in the UK’s West Midlands Police. He has spent his sixteen years of service policing one of the most challenging areas in Britain in various roles. He’s also an author. While focusing on science fiction and techno-thrillers, his experiences and dealing with the pace and dangers of modern...

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Today’s episode takes us to sunny Florida where I chat with mystery, thriller, crime writer, and my friend, Tom Turner. 

A native New Englander, Tom Turner dropped out of college and ran a Vermont bar. Limping back a few years later to get his sheepskin, he went on to become an advertising copywriter, first in Boston, then New York. After 10 years of post-Mad Men life, he made both a career and geography change and ended up in Palm ...

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Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council (NSC), Counterterrorism, U.S. hostage recovery activities, special operations, counterintelligence, and human intelligence, these are just some of the topics today’s guest, Col. Christopher Costa is an expert. 
 
 Mr. Costa served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the Nationa...

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This episode is near and dear to my heart. I have witnessed George in action and the compassion and healing that he provides to members of law enforcement and their families.

Who takes care of the men and women in blue who take care of you? George Papachristou, that’s who. Today I’m honored to have Police Chaplain George Papachristou on the show. George gives us a peek behind the curtain of the world of police chaplains.

George gradu...

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Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and making a good living from your book business? I know what you are thinking. Didn’t he start out his last podcast with this question? You are correct, but today I have a different indie author that was able to do this with his writing. 
 
My guest on the show today is Zach Bohannon. Zach is a best-selling author who writes post-apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and thrillers. In ad...

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Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and making a good living from your book business? My guest today did just that! 

Best Selling Author Dr. Cecelia Mecca had a good paying job in education and left that behind to pursue her passion for writing books. Since she left her day job, she has surpassed her income substantially and continues to grow her author career. 

Cecelia shares her incredible story with us and gives us a pe...

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Today’s show takes us to Waukesha Wisconsin, which is about 30 miles west of Milwaukee.

Why, because that is where I live. Today’s show is going to be a special Year In Review Cops and Writers Podcast. We say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. I will also give you, my dear listeners a peek into my private life.

In today’s episode I will discuss:

·      Some basic information about myself.

·      Why I’m doing this show and the importan...

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Today’s show takes us to Knoxville Tennessee where I chat with Derek Pacifico.

Derek started his 24-year career in law enforcement with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a deputy, detective, and sergeant working in the jail and on the street in patrol and the homicide unit. After he retired from the sheriff’s department, he took a job in a small town in Tennessee where he was the chief of police for t...

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