Writing What I Know

I have to say that I am quite thrilled to be a new author to Authors’ Billboard and posting a regular blog on the 27th of each month. For those who don’t know me, I’m a retired police officer/detective, a mother of two, grandmother to one, happily married to an incredible man, a total Disney Freak, and so much more!

I’m also a firm believer in writing what I know, and as I’m nearing the age of fifty I realize that I know quite a lot. Which is quite funny because I don’t think of myself as a very intelligent person. However, I do know there is a difference between being book smart and street-smart, and I can honestly say that I am 100% street-smart.

Because I spent sixteen years as a police officer, I tend to set a lot of my books into the law enforcement world (See-writing what I know!). Some of my books are romantic suspense, some contemporary romance, I even have a few paranormal romance books in the cop world, too. I am sure you can imagine the kinds of things I witnessed in my career. I have stories that would make you laugh till you cried, and stories that would make you sob for hours with emotional pain. I spent thirteen years working primarily patrol, and small investigations. Around my fourteenth year, I started getting involved in more in-depth investigations and moved on to be promoted to detective. I became a certified Crime Scene Investigator and thrived on those kinds of investigation.

The only reason I retired was that I sustained a second major concussion in ten years and had a lot of issues afterward with headaches and memory. I tried to go back, but it just didn’t work and I realized it was safer for all involved if I hung up my handcuffs.

One of the major cases that I worked on was a domestic violence homicide. I will never forget the day I stood over her body and my own past flashed in front of me. Words spoken to me so many years ago about how if I didn’t do something, I’d be killed. My entire life shifted that day-like it was a major adjustment to the way I saw life and I decided that I couldn’t stay quiet anymore.

And that’s why I write about domestic violence. I know it. I have felt it. I lived with the hand of control holding my throat, and cutting off the oxygen from my lungs. It’s why my books on the subject are so real, they come from experience, and sadly, from what I know.

But my books are not all doom and gloom. Most of my books are romance and I write that because people want to feel alive-feel loved. After being a victim of domestic violence, I know what it is to want to feel loved, in a healthy way. I’m so lucky that I am now married to a man who loves me for me, and has never tried to change me, threaten me, or hurt me with his words. Its possible for everyone to find that, they just have to believe.

I look forward to sharing with you more about books, life, kids, Disney, everything! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! ~ Stacy Eaton

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Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

Death Of An Officer

RCMP funeral

RCMP funeral

On April 5th of this year, Const. Sarah Beckett, 32, died while on duty.

Earlier this week thousands came out for a regimental funeral, lining the roads along the procession route to a funeral in the West Shore Q arena. Red suited RCMP officers accompanied the black hearse, with a riderless horse, signifying a fallen police officer, walking ahead of the hearse, while an officer carrying her hat, walked behind.

Candle light vigils have been held in her honor and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences along with Premier Christie Clark, who also attended the funeral. Over 2,000 law enforcement officers, along with first responders, attended along with thousands from the general public.

I knew her. Not well, but by sight. When I came in the day she died one of the nurses asked me if I knew her and I didn’t know. She said I would because she’d been in many times. And as soon as I saw a photograph of her, I did.

She leaves behind a husband and two young children. My heart breaks for them. Yesterday they were a normal family and today a gaping hole has opened up in front of them. Family and friends will step forward to help, to fill the gaps.

But how do you replace a mother? How do you replace a wife? It’s not possible. They will have to find a way around their grief and to a new life, minus one.

None of the people I hear talking about her, are talking about her gun shooting skills or take down of dangerous criminals. Instead I hear people talking of her kindness and compassion.

She saw herself as both a mother and an RCMP officer. For that reason she moved a little faster when there was a call about a child, felt compelled to do more.

One young mother is remembering Sarah Beckett’s help in locating her young son when he went missing from his school. It was not a case of a child abducted, but a case of a child running away from school and towards his home, when things got a bit too much for him one day.

It was the mother in her, as much as the officer, that responded, coaxing the young boy out of his hiding place and talking to him about safety when she found him.

The people I’ve talked to, who knew her, all talk about her kindness, her ability to handle difficult situations with tact and humanity, so that even when she was asking someone to move along or telling them they couldn’t do what they wished to, they still felt valued.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulsen, praised her saying, “she was outraged by injustice and fought to make it right. She had no time for complacency and didn’t abide it. She had a knack for interviews and it followed a gift for engaging people. She was, in short, the archetypal modern Mountie. We will miss her.”

She will be missed. The world needs more Sarah Becketts.

 

The fourth in my Death By Chocolate Series, Soul Mates is out and available on Amazon.

Soul Mates CoverLove, romance and happily ever after. Isn’t that what we all want? The question is how far will someone go to get it? What happens when someone takes advantage? One of Maxine’s best friends, Tanya, has decided to open a dating service? What could possibly go wrong?

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