Writing Police Procedural

There are a lot of writers out there that enjoy writing police procedural, and romantic suspense in the crime world. I’m one of them, but I have the unique ability to write it with more knowledge than a lot of writers because I lived it first hand.

At the age of twenty-nine, I decided to go to the police academy. At the age of thirty, I not only graduated but landed a job as a police officer in a small township. When I first started there, they only had four full-time officers, and several part-time officers, but like most areas in our county, growth hit us, and we quickly expanded.

I worked the street for many years, driving thousands of miles, and responding to an array of emergencies. From noise complaints, animal issues, car crashes, medical calls, harassment, chasing Emu’s off the roadways, to domestics, shootings, assaults, and homicides.

I saw it all. Sometimes I would laugh after a call, sometimes I’d cry. Many times, the people I dealt with stayed with me for days, sometimes weeks after. A few of the incidents that I responded to have haunted me, even years later.

The strike of a match brings me back to an explosion. The sound of a little girl giggling reminds me of a child abuse case. Driving past an open window can remind me of crawling inside to check a woman for a pulse after she was shot. These are just some of my own personal PTSD issues.

In my final years as a police officer, I was an internationally certified Crime Scene Investigator and the first detective that our police department had ever had. I loved my job, thrived on it, but after a second serious concussion, I was no longer able to do the job safely or with the intensity that I once had.

But I use the memories to create stories that entertain and educate readers. One of the series that I write, The Twisted Love Serie is a super intense, crime drama with seriously twisted plots and dark romance that I write with a good friend of mine, Amy Manemann.

I have spent a lot of time focusing on the nitty-gritty aspects of the police work and keeping the intense timelines on track. The first two books, Love Lorn and Love Torn, are novellas and give you the back story to the two female detectives, Kali Mann and Evie Harper, that the 9 book series focuses on. Both of those books are FREE to readers!

Love Inked, the third book in the series, is the first full-length novel and when Kali and Evie come together as partners, things get a little out of control. This series is intense, dark, emotional, graphic, suspenseful, sexy (very sexy), and continues from one book to the next like episodes of your favorite television series!

Get Ready to get Twisted Love!

Love Lorn, Book 1, written by Amy Manemann

Love Torn, Book 2, Written by Stacy Eaton

Love Inked, Book 3, Eaton & Manemann

Love Drowned, Book 4, Eaton & Manemann

Love Carved, Book 5, Eaton & Manemann

Loved Trapped, Book 6, Eaton & Manemann (Oct 29th)

Loved Crossed, Book 7, Manemann & Eaton (June 2022)

Love Twisted, Book 8, Eaton & Manemann (August 2022)

Love Lies, Book 9, Eaton & Manemann (October 2022)

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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