Chessie Chapter Meeting: Pitfalls of Writing Police Procedurals

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Chessie Chapter Meeting: Pitfalls of Writing Police Procedurals

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A panel of former law enforcement officers who write mysteries and thrillers discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of writing police procedurals.

Highlights include:

- Common mistakes authors make when writing police/detective characters.

-Differences between the two roles.

- Handling CI's.

- Different kinds of detective roles

- Discussing criminals - Masterminds or Master Manipulators

This event will take place over Zoom on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Mingling begins at 12:45 p.m. ET, and the event officially begins at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-Panelists: David Swinson, Bruce Robert Coffin, Mark Bergin

-Moderator: Ellen Butler

About the Presenters

David Swinson grew up in Washington, DC, Beirut, Mexico City and Stockholm, the son of a foreign service officer. He is a retired police detective from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, having been assigned to Major Crimes. Swinson is the author of The Second Girl, Crime Song, Trigger and City on the Edge. He lives in Northern Virginia.

Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director's Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

Winner of Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Awards for Best Procedural and Best Investigator, and the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel, Bruce was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. His short fiction appears in a number of anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blogs.

Mark Bergin spent four years as a newspaper reporter before joining the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department in 1986, where he rose to Lieutenant and served in most of the posts described in his debut novel APPREHENSION, published in 2019. Kirkus Reviews calls APPREHENSION “compelling,” and says Bergin is a “gritty and authentic new voice in police fiction.” APPREHENSION was a finalist for the 2020 Silver Falchion Award from Killer Nashville. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. He and his wife Ruth live in Alexandria and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Ellen Butler is an award-winning and bestselling author of the Karina Cardinal mystery series which takes place in Washington, D.C. She writes multiple genres including: historical fiction, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance and women's fiction. Her time working on Capitol Hill and for a medical association inspired the Karina Cardinal mysteries.

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