When you’re writing romantic suspense or thrillers, or if one of your heroes is a cop, it’s important to get the details right. Does the gun your character uses have some quirks you should know about? How would your character find clues in a blood spatter pattern? When does the local police call in the FBI for help? And that’s where the Writers’ Police Academy comes in. Every year, writers gather in Appleton, Wisconsin for one hectic and fun-filled weekend to train like a cop, by real cops, Federal agents, and forensics specialists. We asked romantic suspense writer Kris Calvert to tell us about her weekend at this year’s Writers Police Academy. Here’s her story…
Will There Be Doughnuts?
When I set out for Appleton, Wisconsin and Writer’s Police Academy 2015, there was one pressing question on my mind: will there be doughnuts?
It may seem like an odd thing to ponder with so many intriguing seminars and hands on training sessions on everything from blood spatter and autopsies, to K-9 units and romance in law enforcement, but if I was playing cop for a few days (along with two hundred and fifty other authors), I wanted it to be as real as it could be. And for me, that meant doughnuts.