All posts by BJ Schneider

BJ Schneider is a veteran of more than 25 years in public service as both a policeman and a paramedic. HE has worked world-wide but calls New Orleans home. Along with his podcasting he is a writer in several genre. Including several short story collections about his years on the street. You can see all his work at www.xiphosbooks.net

Michael Morse Interview WOTS 010

This week we interview Micheal Morse. Mike  gives us insight into his career and work……enjoy!

About the author

Michael Morse lives in Warwick, RI with his wife, Cheryl, two Maine Coon cats, Lunabelle and Victoria Mae and Mr. Wilson, their dog. Daughters Danielle and Brittany live nearby. Michael spent twenty-three years working in Providence, (RI) as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2013 as Captain, Rescue Co. 5. His books and articles offer fellow firefighter/EMT’s and the general population alike a poignant glimpse into one person’s journey through life, work and hope for the future.

 About the books

CITY LIFE Rescue Lieutenant Michael Morse brings you into the homes, minds and hearts of the people who live in one of America’s oldest and most diverse cities. He takes you along for a breathtaking ride as he responds to emergencies that can be heartwarming, hilarious—and sometimes tragic. From the profound to the absurd, from challenging situations to total disbelief, it’s all simply a day at work for our firefighters, EMT’s and police officers.

  RESCUEING PROVIDENCE Former EMT and firefighter Michael Morse takes you along for the ride as he and his fellow officers respond to 24 emergency calls in a 34-hour period. Rescuing Providence is a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the people who do a critical job that is often dangerous, sometimes thankless, but ultimately rewarding.

 Rescue 1 Responding is a gripping first-person account of life as a first responder. Lieutenant Michael Morse, an eighteen year veteran EMT and firefighter takes us on a compelling and emotionally charged ride through the streets of Providence, RI. Experience the heartache and joy of losing and saving lives during this incredible journey. The story that unfolds is true and the people are rea

 MR WILSON MAKES IT HOME When Michael and Cheryl Morse slowly drifted apart amid an empty nest, her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, his symptoms of PTSD, and the grief of losing their two beloved dogs—put down on the same day three years prior—it became apparent their lives were in need of a little joy. Enter an energetic, white ball of fluff known as Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Wilson’s story begins in Arkansas, where he was left in a leaky, drafty barn for days—the result of a child who couldn’t care for him and a woman who wouldn’t. An escape artist, he eventually found himself on a country road where he was discovered by a neighbor. Familiar with his current living conditions, she took him in, cleaned him up, and created an online adoption profile for him. In Rhode Island, Cheryl Morse clicked on Mr. Wilson’s photo and instantly fell in love.

A few days later, Mr. Wilson arrived in Rhode Island by a tractor trailer full of dogs needing homes. Upon meeting the Morses, he was happy, affectionate, and excited—but how long would it last? Would they be able to care for him and themselves? Had he finally found his forever home? What if they had cats?

In Mr. Wilson Makes It Home, the joy Michael and Cheryl so badly needed comes in the form of an adorable schnoodle named Mr. Wilson. This animal rescue story tells of the love, recovery, faith, and hope that a pet can bring to a brokenhearted family.

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Remember that next week we will be interviewing Sean Fitzmorris. Sean is the author of Found Wanting.

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 Guest Micheal Morse

WEBSITE: http://www.rescuingprovidence.com/

EMAIL: mmorsepfd@aol.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Rescuing-Providence-273947562721391/?fref=ts

 

Warren V. Pope interview WOTS 009

Welcome to our first filed interview. I’m sitting down at Mojo’s coffee shop in New Orleans with retired NOPD Sgt Warren Pope to discuss his writing and career.

About the author

Warren is a  retired sergeant from the New Orleans Police Department. He is a divorced father of two and a Katrina survivor and enjoy writing about his experiences as a cop. There is no doubt he has a sense of humor.

He is from New Orleans and have spent his whole life (so far) in this, the most beautiful of American cities.

About the books

 Growing up in Blue

This is a narrative of a young Officer’s journey through the New Orleans Police Department, told in a series of tales…humor being a necessary part of such a narrative

…from the bottom of my City

…from the bottom of my City is a collection of short stories that recalls a young mans growth from naïve rookie to seasoned veteran, with a few other recollections thrown in to balance the impression the collection offers. Being a cop unavoidably involves politics which often distracts one from accomplishing his mission. Frustration an Laughter go hand-in-hand in the humid, nitty-gritty streets of the magical City that is New Orleans..

Running from the Police volumes 1-4

This serial documents the journey of a young man through the New Orleans Police Department’s academy and through his years and assignments. There are some surprises in store…

And Several Others……………………………

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 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing Michael Morse. Michael is the author of CITY LIFE and several other great books relating Fire and EMS tales.

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Words off the street

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streetwordspodcast@gmail.com

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 Guest Warren Pope

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/WarrenVPope/

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

https://www.amazon.com/Warren-Pope/e/B00BB3BJ46/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1488213388&sr=8-2

 

Kelly Grayson interview WOTS 008

Today I am interviewing Kelly Grayson, paramedic, instructor, blogger, podcaster and author. His books in the Life Death and Everything in-between have been entertaining and educating for over 10 years. His co-authoring of Success for the   critical care paramedic has helped countless paramedics in their studies.

About the author

Steven Kelly Grayson is a critical care paramedic and EMS educator in southwest Louisiana. He is the father of an enchanting thirteen-year-old daughter, and enjoys hunting, shooting and outdoor activities. He has five books currently available and also does a bit of podcasting with the Inside EMS show

By day, he is a mild-mannered author and EMS educator, but by night, dressed in his superhero costume of Day-Glo traffic vest and multi-pocketed EMS pants, he prowls the dark recesses of the city in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can’t get up.

 

About the books

 Steven “Kelly” Grayson has seen the best of us at our worst. When hearts stop working, when blood alcohol levels exceed limits we shouldn’t contemplate, when bodies are extricated from car wrecks, he’s been there to pick up the pieces, save our lives, and watch us slip away. En Route is an unflinching look at the heart of a paramedic and the profession that shaped him. Grayson’s touching stories of life and death and the hilarious ones of times in between are here to give us an insight of what happens after we call 911, the ambulance doors close, or even what happens inside the ER when the nurse shows the family to the waiting room.

SUCCESS! FOR THE CRITICAL CARE PARAMEDIC, is the book to help paramedics obtain their Critical Care Paramedic certification. . Blending a comprehensive collection of practice exam questions with helpful test-taking tips and student hints, all items reference the DoT’s objectives. As you build confidence by digging into this rich content review, you’ll find that the Brady/Prentice Hall Health test preparation system is a blueprint for success.

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This episode was brought to you by Xiphos Books & Training. Xiphos Books is responsible for books such as ‘Welcome to New Orleans… How many shots did you hear? Volume 1 and 2 as well as the fiction novel A Salty Life & A Traitor’s Death. Be sure to stop by their website and look at their books, training and public speaking dates.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing Kevin Grange. Kevin is the author of ‘Lights & Sirens (The education of a paramedic) and Beneath Blossom Rain (Discovering Bhutan, the toughest trek in the world).

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Words off the street

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streetwordspodcast@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/Words-off-the-Street

@streetwordscast on Twitter

 Guest Kelly Grayson

WEBSITE

http://www.ambulancedriverfiles.com

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/StevenKellyGrayson?fref=ts

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

https://www.amazon.com/Steven-Kelly-Grayson/e/B002K8XNYA

EMAIL

ateupmedic3033@yahoo.com

 

Bernard Schaffer Interview WOTS 007

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing Bernard Schaffer a prolific author with 20+ pieces of work including novels, short stories, non-fiction in varied genres including children’s books, philosophy, fiction, fantasy, Science Fiction, crime drama. Bernard is a police detective in Philadelphia and was a child star at in his youth on Nickelodeon.

About the author

Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple books that span a wide variety of genres, including literature, police procedurals, and science fiction westerns. He has worked on several projects with famous authors such as Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, and Bill Thompson (the editor who discovered Stephen King and John Grisham).
Recently, he collaborated with J.A. Konrath on two books that feature Konrath’s best-selling Lt. Jack Daniels characters and Schaffer’s own Superbia series.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, he is the proud father of two children. In addition to writing and publishing, he is a decorated police veteran detective and expert witness in narcotics distribution. In the late eighties, Schaffer was a child actor who appeared on stage and screen, including starring in the Nickelodeon series, “Don’t Just Sit There.”

About the books   Bibliography

Schaffer has self-published several works, including:

  • Women and Other Monsters (short story collection; May 2011)
  • Whitechapel: the Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes (a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel; 16 June 2011)
  • Guns of Seneca 6 (sci-fi western; October 2011)
  • Ancient Rituals (short story collection; 12 January 2012)
  • Superbia (crime novel;20 January 2012)
  • The Kyoshi Scrolls (samurai/zombie novella; 1 Feb 2012)
  • Codename: Omega (novella collection; 7 March 2012)
  • Knife Fights (essays and poetry; 22 March 2012), formerly the project titled “Codex Leicester
  • Superbia II (crime novel; 25 March 2012)
  • Simple Ebook Formatting in 10 Easy Steps (formatting how-to; 11 May 2012)
  • Coordinates to Unmapped Places (fiction collection; 16 May 2012)
  • Chambered Rounds (non-fiction collection; 16 May 2012)
  • Magnificent Guns of Seneca 6 (sci-fi western; 10 July 2012)
  • Overdogs (fiction collection; 12 September 2012)
  • Immaculate Killers (sci-fi western; 6 December 2012)
  • Grendel Unit: Bad Day at Khor-wa (military science fiction; 2 February 2013)
  • Superbia 3 (crime novel; 27 April 2013)
  • The Girl From Tenerife (Fiction 15 January 2014)
  • Codex Fantastica (anthology 31 May 2014)
  • Saokata (fantasy 2014-05-22)
  • Tiny Dragons 1: The Sky Dragons (fantasy 2013-07-31)
  • Grendel Unit 2: Ignition Sequence ( military science fiction 2014-03-17)
  • Grendel Unit 3: Fight thePower (military science fiction 2014-07-15)
  • Way of the Warrior: Collected Edition Books 1+2 (Law Enforcement Philosophy 2014-06-25)

He is also the founder of the short-fiction anthology Kindle All-Stars, contributing the Seneca 6 story “Old-Time Lawmen” to the first collection, Resistance Front, and the story “Carnival of Cryptids” in the second collection, Carnival of Crypids. His upcoming projects include the historical sequel Whitechapel 2: Inspector Lestrade and the Torso Killer, the sword-and-sorcery fantasy story The Widow Sword, and a third installment of the Kindle All-Stars anthology.

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Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing Kelly Grayson, Paramedic, author, blogger and podcaster.

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Guest Bernard Schaffer

http://www.bernardschaffer.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BernardSchafferAuthor/

TWITTER: @BernardSchaffer

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

O’Neil De Noux Interview WOTS 006

This episode I’m interviewing Life Long Louisiana Native, prolific author and a former law enforcement col-league of mine, O’Neil     De Noux. O’Neil’s works include….

  • Eight Dino LaStanza novels
  • Numerous novels in both the Beau and Caye series.
  • At least eight other novels that I could count
  • A screenplay
  • Several non-Fictions (including a writing guide)
  • And a list of short stories that I won’t even begin to count.
  •  His awards include……
    • Shamus awards; Derringer awards and the POLICE BOOK OF THE YEAR for 2011

About the author
O’Neil De Noux (born in 1950 in New Orleans, LA) is a prolific American novelist and short story writer. Although most of De Noux’s fiction falls under the mystery genre, critics describe his work as character-driven crime fiction, he has published stories in many disciplines beyond the mystery, including historical fiction, children’s fiction, mainstream fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.

His writing has garnered a number of awards including the SHAMUS AWARD from the Private Eye Writers of America given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction; the DERRINGER AWARD from the Short Mystery Fiction Society given annually to recognize excellence in the mystery short form; THE UNITED KINGDOM SHORT STORY PRIZE; POLICE BOOK of the YEAR from Police-Writer.com; and an ARTIST SERVICES CAREER ADVANCEMENT AWARD from the Louisiana Division of the Arts for the novel Battle Kiss.

Public Service Career

His army MOS was Photographer: Combat Still. De Noux took run-of-the-mill army pictures while expressing himself creatively with black-and-white still-life photos, winning several Best Photo Awards. De Noux earned a Bachelor’s Degree in European History from Troy University.

The next three years, De Noux served as criminal intelligence analyst for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in suburban New Orleans.

From 1977 to 1980, De Noux was a uniformed patrol officer for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the most rewarding working experience of his life. When promoted to the Homicide Division, De Noux found his calling and finally discovered what he should write about. An exceptional career as a homicide detective followed in which De Noux solved every murder where he was lead investigator (fifteen) and assisted in over fifty other homicide investigations. In 1980 De Noux completed the Homicide Investigation curriculum at The Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville.

Earning seven commendations, De Noux was named Homicide Detective of the Year in 1981. Shortly after, he was transferred from Homicide, banished to a quiet police district when a new sheriff was elected. Offered a lucrative position as chief investigator at a private investigative firm, De Noux worked as a P.I. for the next six years. Freed from working double shifts with the sheriff’s office, De Noux sat down to pen a homicide novel in 1986.

 Writing Career

Turning Patrolman LaStanza into a homicide detective, De Noux completed Grim Reaper, which was immediately purchased by Zebra Books. Four subsequent LaStanza novels followed, The Big Kiss, Blue Orleans, Crescent City Kills and The Big Show. Lauded for their hyper-realistic portrayal of police homicide work, the LaStanza Series received critical acclaim for its sharp dialogue and fast-pacing. In 1999, a short story collection, LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories (Pontalba Press), received an “A” book-review rating from Entertainment Weekly magazine. De Noux adapted one of the LaStanza stories “Waiting for Alaina” into a screenplay, which was filmed in New Orleans and broadcast on local TV in 2001.

With the release of Grim Reaper, De Noux met George Alec Effinger, a talented science-fiction writer living in near obscurity in the French Quarter. Effinger’s first book in his Budayeen Series, When Gravity Fails, was just released. A strong friendship developed as Effinger encouraged, then taught De Noux how to write short stories. When Effinger introduced De Noux to his literary idol, Harlan Ellison, De Noux found his mentor.

Returning to New Orleans in 1992, De Noux began a long association with Louisiana colleges, teaching writing classes (creative writing, short story writing, mystery writing and science-fiction writing) at Tulane University (1993–1997), the University of New Orleans (1998–2005), and Delgado Community College (2004–2005). In 1993, De Noux’s non-fiction book Specific Intent, a lead title from Pinnacle Books, became a main selection of the Doubleday Book Club. This true-crime book detailed the intricate police investigation of a murder case which shocked south Louisiana. By the end of the Twentieth Century, De Noux had sold nearly two hundred short stories and had written articles for The Writer Magazine, The Times-Picayune newspaper, Gambit Weekly and Police Magazine.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, severely damaging De Noux’s home, he relocated with his wife (Debra Gray De Noux, editor of the anthology Erotic New Orleans) to Southwest Louisiana. Taken in by generous patrons of the arts, Anne and Dr. Lee J. Monlezun, De Noux taught mystery writing at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, in 2006. Nearly a year to the day after Hurricane Katrina, De Noux resettled across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans in St. Tammany Parish. The economic crunch in which he found himself after the hurricane also necessitated his returning to law enforcement as a police investigator at a Louisiana Univ.

 

De Noux is also the creator of two additional recurring characters, 1890s New Orleans Police Detective Jacques Dugas and contemporary NOPD Homicide Detective John Raven Beau. These characters, along with Dino LaStanza and Lucien Caye, have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including top mystery magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and Crimewave (UK). Beau, half-Cajun and half-Sioux, is prominently mentioned on several Native-American Detective web sites.

Recognizing the future of publishing, De Noux made a move to eBooks and print-on-demand books in 2010. The long-awaited erotic-thriller, Mafia Aphrodite (sold to Orion in 2006 but abandoned when the NEON line of books was canceled) was published by British publisher Xcite Books. A sexy caper novel, Slick Time, was published by Big Kiss Productions, followed by New Orleans Mysteries, New Orleans Nocturnal, the novel John Raven Beau and the second edition of New Orleans Confidential (includes the two award-winning private-eye stories, “The Heart Has Reasons” and “Too Wise”). Taking control of his career, De Noux and wife Debra (now his business manager) lay out the books, create the covers and control the pricing of the books. Additionally, De Noux began selling previously published and unpublished short stories on Amazon KINDLE directly to the public as eBooks via his web site – http://oneildenoux.net

O’Neil De Noux’s prolific output continued through 2011 and into 2013 with the release of a collection of historical mysteries, New Orleans Prime Evil, followed by the publication of his first private eye novel, Enamored starring Lucien Caye. De Noux followed with a crime-suspense novel Bourbon Street, a superhero novel Mistik and a collection of science fiction stories, Backwash of the Milky Way. January 2013 saw the release of the long-awaited new LaStanza novel New Orleans Homicide and the re-issue of the entire series backlist of LaStanza novels, followed by the publication of the second John Raven Beau novel, City of Secrets (an after-Katrina novel). In December 2013, the seventh LaStanza novel was released. The Blue Nude moves LaStanza from homicide detective to private eye.

“There is one book I was meant to write,” O’Neil De Noux says. It is the historical epic set during the Battle of New Orleans. Haunted by the battlefield in Chalmette since childhood (he lived in nearby Arabi for ten years), De Noux penned the 320,000-word novel Battle Kiss in 2011, and followed it in 2013 with USS Relentless, a 230,000-word historical saga  of the US Navy during the age of sail and set during the Barbary War of 1803 through the War of 1812.

About the books

Awards and Recognitions

Vice-President of the PRIVATE EYE WRITERS of AMERICA (2012-2013)

2015 Literary Artist of the Year – St.Tammany Parish Art’s Council, St. Tammany Parish, LA

2016 Shamus Award Nominee for BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL PRIVATE EYE NOVEL The Long Cold

2014 Derringer Award Nominee for BEST NOVELETTE “For Love’s Sake”

2013 Shamus Award Nominee for BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL Enamored

2011 POLICE BOOK OF THE YEAR. On May 23, 2012 (San Dimas, CA), Police-Writers.com professional writers organization named the novel John Raven Beau by O’Neil De Noux as the police book of the year. The selection process considered all fiction and non-fiction books authored by police writers in 2011. Current, retired and former law enforcement officers are included in the organization of over eleven hundred published writers who have published over 2,300 books.

2009-2010 Artist Services Career Advancement Award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts

2009 Derringer Award Winner The Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded their 2009 Derringer Awards for best short mystery fiction on May 1, 2009. “Too Wise” by O’Neil De Noux (from the November 2008 Issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) won BEST NOVELETTE (stories between 8,001 and 17,500 words). “Too Wise” is a Lucien Caye private eye mystery. The Derringer Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in the short mystery fiction form. Another De Noux story, The Bonnie and Clyde Caper featuring John Raven Beau was nominated in the Derringer Best Long Story category.

2007 Shamus Award Winner for BEST SHORT STORY was awarded to “The Heart Has Reasons” by O’Neil De Noux (the cover story of the September 2006 Issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). The prestigious Shamus Award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. Both Enamored and “The Heart Has Reasons” feature De Noux’s private eye Lucien Caye.

Best American Mystery Stories Collection. Stories included in 2013 and 2003 editions.

2007 United Kingdom Short Story Prize – Short Story Challenge Winner

2005 Artist Mini-Grant Award for Literature from the Louisiana Division of the Arts

Bibliography

Short Story Collections

  • LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories
  • New Orleans Confidential
  • New Orleans Prime Evil
  • New Orleans Nocturnal
  • New Orleans Mysteries
  • New Orleans Irresistible
  • Hollow Point & The Mystery of Rochelle
  • Marais Backwash of the Milky Way

Novels

  • Battle Kiss
  • Mistik
  • Slick Time
  • USS Relentless
  • The French Detective
  • Death Angels
  • Mafia Aphrodite
  • Bourbon Street

LaStanza Series Novels

  1. Grim Reaper
  2. The Big Kiss
  3. Blue Orleans
  4. Crescent City Kills
  5. The Big Show
  6. New Orleans Homicide
  7. The Blue Nude
  8. The Long Cold

Beau Series Novels

  1. John Raven Beau
  2. City of Secrets
  3. Nude in Red

Caye Series Novels

  1. New Orleans Rapacious
  2. Enamored
  3. Hold Me, Babe

Screenplay

Waiting for Alaina

Non-Fiction

A Short Guide to Writing and Selling Fiction          Specific Intent

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This episode was brought to you by Xiphos Books & Training. Xiphos Books is responsible for books such as ‘Welcome to New Orleans… How many shots did you hear? Volume 1 and 2 as well as the fiction novel A Salty Life & A Traitor’s Death. Be sure to stop by their website and look at their books, training and public speaking dates.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing  Detective and author Bernard Schaffer from the Philadelphia area. Another author with works in many genre…… It’s a don’t miss event!

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Words off the street

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@streetwordscast on Twitter

Guest O’Neil De Noux

http://www.oneildenoux.net/

denoux3124@gmail.com

 https://www.facebook.com/oneil.denoux

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE