Bangs and Booms, Fingerprints, and SWAT

It all started on Feb. 14, 2015, when my sweet Mountain Man told me my Valentine’s Day gift was an all expense paid trip to Appleton, WI, to attend the 7th annual Writers’ Police Academy. Of course, this meant I had to wait six months to actually “open” my gift. But boy was it worth the wait!!

On Thursday, August 20th, I was one of 300 writers who descended on the town of Appleton, WI, to attend the academy held at the Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center .

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The Bloodstain Pattern Investigations and Techniques and the Advance Fingerprinting classes were informative and fun.

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The SWAT Experience class was one of my favorites.


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Why yes, I do believe these guys will make excellent heroes for my future books!

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Jail tour. . .

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Karin Slaughter was the keynote speaker at the banquet. A natural storyteller, she kept us all entertained.



As a romantic suspense writer who is pursuing publication, attending the Writers’ Police Academy was a dream come true. But in addition to the knowledge that I gained, I also had the opportunity to form friendships with authors who I admire.  I feel blessed to have experienced this adventure with them.

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Oh, and let’s not forget the cheese curds. 😉 I mean it was Wisconsin after all.


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