Fallen in the Line of Duty: A Crime Writer’s Lesson

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April 26, 2013 by msashtonwriter

My Palm Springs Writer's Retreat ~ On the phone with a friend who's a retired LEO.

My Palm Springs Writer’s Retreat ~ On the phone with a friend who’s a retired LEO.

Talk about research. This round was heart wrenching and educational.

In my upcoming book, one of the detectives is shot and killed in the line of duty. At first I was going back and forth on whether or not to let her live. If so what would her life be like afterwards?

Then I thought about my protagonist. What would be one of the several things I could do to test her?

Finally, after writing a word or two and fussing with rewrites, I decided to make it difficult for my main character and add to her rollercoaster ride as she pushes to solve her case.

For the last two weeks I buried my head in books and had discussions with my friends in law enforcement to learn the proper way to pay tribute to a fallen officer. I even sent the chapter to one of them to see if he approved.

I didn’t want to be disrespectful, but I wanted the scene written correctly and he agreed.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned is that there is a brotherhood that exists among the officers who serve our country and cities; police, firefighters,  and military.

To the law enforcement officers all over, thank you for risking your lives to keep us safe.

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