This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, understanding death, good Samaritan CPR, and after-action reports. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. This is episode number 34 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield Patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com and Coffee Club patrons Joan Raymond, Guy Alton, Natasha Bajema, Natalie Barelli, Joe Trent, Siobhan Pope, Leah Cutter, Ryan Kinmil, Richard Phillips, Robin Lyons, Gene Desrochers, Craig Kingsman, Kate Wagner, Marco Carocari, Victoria Kazarian, Rebecca Jackson, and Daniel Miller. Your support definitely keeps the lights on in the bureau.
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Since you're listening to this, I'm going to make the big detective assumption that you're a fan of writing podcasts. I have a few to share with you, and I know I've already mentioned Natasha Bajema's Authors of Mass Destruction podcast, but next week, she will be releasing her interview with me, where we talk about all sorts of topics, like how local law enforcement responds to WMD events and even why getting my DNA analyzed probably wasn't the smartest idea. So again, check out Authors of Mass Destruction.
The next podcast I want to mention is the SPA Girls, S-P-A Girls podcast. S-P-A stands for self-publishing authors, and these lovely ladies live in New Zealand, but they write fiction based in the United States, and they were kind enough to invite me on as an upcoming guest on their podcast. We just recorded the episode, and I had an absolute blast speaking with them. It was a lot of fun. The episode we recorded won't be published for another month and a half or so, but I definitely want you to start listening to the SPA Girls podcast. It is a great one to subscribe to, especially if you are a self-published author.
And finally, I want to mention Gavin Reese's Authors on the Beat podcast. Gavin is a cop, an author, and the host of Authors on the Beat. Gavin and I do have a podcast interview date scheduled for the near future, but Authors on the Beat is another writing podcast worth checking out if you're writing crime fiction.
Let's have a quick little discussion, a different kind of discussion, about death. Now, death is inevitable, obviously, and we all have varying levels of seeing and experiencing death, and we all respond to it differently. When death is part of your daily life, like it is for any homicide detective, I don't want to say you get used to it, but the emotion attached to it can start to subside, sometimes, and other times not.
This relationship between a homicide detective protagonist and death is something that a lot of writers tend to struggle with. Now, the trope is that we are either immediately queasy if we're a rookie or we are completely indifferent to gore if we're a veteran. But the reality is that it lies somewhere in between, and at different levels for all of us.
Now, in looking at this and trying to explain it in a more relatable way, I came up with my own analogy that I think may help you understand it, especially if you are a parent. Now, if you aren't a parent, you may find this analogy as equally disgusting as the topic of death, so what is this analogy that I came up with? Well, death to a homicide detective is like poop to a parent. I myself do not have kids, but I have many friends who do, and I've seen the stages that new parents go through in the never-ending battle with baby poop. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it starts with that natural reaction, right? Of, "Ew, that is disgusting. The smell, it's so gross. I don't want to even look at it. There is no way I am touching that or letting it get on me."
But then, after a few months, you start to get a little battle hardened, right? "That's not the smelliest diaper he's ever had. As long as it doesn't get on my clothes this time, I'll be happy,"... Continue reading...
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