Writing about the FBI or gangs?

If your story includes FBI special agents (they’re all special) or gang activity, take a look at the December 2012 issue of The Big Thrill, published by the International Thriller Writers,  featuring an interview by novelist Kimberley Howe with Michael Plichta, Unit Chief, La Casa Nostra/Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs/Major Theft
Unit, discussing domestic and international gang investigation, and the FBI’s role.

And it turns out that the FBI’s Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit (IPPAU), part of the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, will provide information to writers, including contact with local field offices. Requests are case-by-case; see the details at the end of Howe’s interview with Plichta.

You don’t have to be a member of ITW to subscribe to The Big Thrill, which features book reviews and interviews, and monthly book give-aways. Here’s the link to the October 2012  interview with me, discussing Books, Crooks & Counselors.

The Big Thrill and the Change of Life

ITW — The International Thriller Writers — publishes a monthly online magazine, The Big Thrill, crammed with reviews & author interviews, and this month, I’m interviewed about Books, Crooks & Counselors.  

And my essay, The Change of Life, appeared this past weekend on the Crime Writers’ Chronicle. In which I talk about ways my day job has influenced my writing.

If I gotchya with the titles, I hope you’ll stay and read the interview and blog post!