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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.


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.


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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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.


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 pub-lic speaking dates.


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

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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; 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 –

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), 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


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


  • 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


Waiting for Alaina


A Short Guide to Writing and Selling Fiction          Specific Intent


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.


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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Guest O’Neil De Noux


WOTS#005 -Round Table – Writing for catharsis

Hello and welcome to our first round table. In this episode, our panel of people from public safety including areas such as trainers, bloggers, podcasters and of course authors will touch on writing as a means of catharsis and look for better insight into that idea. We hope to entertain you as well as give you some things to think about.



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.


Remember that next week we will be interviewing Homicide Detective and author of over 20 novels, non-fictions and short stories, O’Neil De Noux

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E004 Laura Kendall Interview

Today I will be interviewing Laura J Kendall with the assistance of fellow author and podcaster Sam Bradley. Laura’s writing career as you will listen and see below is wide and varied and well worth looking into.

Episode Outline

About the author

 I write what I know and many of my life experiences wind their way through my books. My life hasn’t been an easy one and I’ve had many losses and some shocking betrayals, so my mysteries aren’t sugar coated and are raw and filled with real life as I know it. I’ll leave it for you to decide what is real life and what is my imagination. However, the medical and traumatic scenes/patients, while they are filtered through my experience, they always are fictional and do not feature any actual patients I have encountered.

I always say that working as a paramedic, for 25 plus years, there isn’t anything I haven’t seen done to another human or animal. I have witnessed countless horrors during my career as well as seen the good that tragedy brings out in my fellow beings. In a way, my writing is cathartic and I guess you could say that is why my suspense/thrillers most certainly go to my dark side. I started writing my first suspense/thriller, while working as a paramedic and state certified police instructor, back in the late 90’s and my inspiration was Patrica Cornwell and her books featuring Kay Scarpetta.

I enjoy writing both sides of life and some days it’s the sunny side of the street and some days it is down, dark and dirty.

I am passionate about animals and animal rights. I’ve helped with rescuing our beautiful American horses from slaughter as well as fostering many greyhounds, rescued off the tracks. I share my life with 2 sweet retired rescued greyhounds; Kelsey and Queenie.

Most of all I want you to know how much I appreciate you, my readers. I value you and it thrills me every time I get feedback from you, whether good or bad. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to me it makes the world and life much more spicy.

   About the books

BOOK 1: Called to the scene of a supposed suicide victim veteran Paramedic Kendall Rose discovers the beautiful woman has actually been sadistically murdered. Trooper Mike Garcia, the lead investigator and the man who broke Kendall’s heart, refuses to listen and cruelly dismisses her. Determined to prove her former lover wrong she sets out to investigate with the help of her nemesis Paramedic CJ Wagner. Unbeknownst to her the murderer is someone close to the police investigation and is watching her every move. Will she discover the murder’s identity before it is too late? Or will she become a victim of SUICIDE? ____________________________

BOOK 2: The Horse Avenger serial killer is hell bent on slaughtering every horse dealer in sight. Kill buyer Kenny Hunter know the only thing between him and the meat hook is the newly formed Midnight Riders Security Inc with Paramedic Kendall Rose and Trooper Mike Garcia at the helm. Seeing dollar signs and fame Mike agrees to take the case despite the objection of several team members, including his girlfriend Kendall. Drawn deep into the world of horse slaughter and murder for hire, the team fractures from within. Slowly it becomes clear that another killer lurks in the shadows waiting to strike at the very heart of the Team. When one of their own is kidnapped by a sexual sadist bent on revenge for the deaths of Johnnie and Tommy Black will the team reunite to face their greatest foe?


BOOK 3: Bodies are washing up on the shores of some of the most elite beaches, in Florida. Little does Kendall Rose and crew realize, that they are about to be drawn into another nightmare, when one body in particular, catches the eye of the local deputy.
She’d been a pretty little thing, before the fishes got to her, he thinks. Until he takes a closer look – shocked to realize that no fish ever cut off both hands, with a precision only known to a psychopath.
Called in to help with the case Kendall and the Team come face to face with their nemesis, Gail Gas, who has clearly up’d his game and is now a full blown serial killer. His one objective is finishing what he started with Kendall and the only thing standing in his way is the entire Midnight Rider’s Team.
It is a race to the death and one isn’t coming back alive.


BOOK 4: Available for pre-order

A Firefighter Danni Cutter Mystery –  Novella

Fire Fighter Danni Cutter is trapped by Hurricane Sandy in a face off to the death.
Two years earlier she was brutally attacked and left to die by Swat Commander Randy Sweetland, only much to his horror, she didn’t die! Everyone believes Sweetland was killed in a subsequent shoot out and chase, but Danni’s sixth sense says different. Two years to the day he comes to her new home as the hurricane hits, to finish off victim 31 – the only one to get away – what he doesn’t count on is she’s waiting for him with a plan of her own and only one of them is getting out alive!


Founder and CEO   Laura’s training books page on Amazon

Train To Respond LLC specializing in Active Shooter Response Training for civilians and public safety professionals.



In our New, News, and Noteworthy

In this section we discussed a couple of lists to wrap up 2016

From: Kelly Grayson at EMSONE.COM


Take a minute and follow the link and read this great list of medical knowledge from someone thats been there.


The ‘How to Be a Better Cop’ Reading List

I’ve rad 8 of 10 ans now plan on going back for the two I missed.



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.


Remember that next week we will be holding an Public Safety round table about books, authors and other writing……………                   DON’T MISS IT!

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WOTS #003 Interview with Author Kevin Hazzard

On this episode I interviewed former Atlanta paramedic, author, and current writer on CBS’s CODE BLACK, Kevin Hazzard. Kevin has had an amazing career in both writing and public service. Take a look below to learn more about him and go behind the scenes with a television drama writer.


About the author

KEVIN HAZZARD worked as a paramedic from 2004 to 2013, primarily at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. His freelance journalism has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Marietta Daily Journal, Creative Loafing, and Paste, and he has written a novel, Sleeping Dogs. He and his family live in Hermosa Beach, California where he writes for television.

Joe Connelly (AUTHOR of Bringing out the dead) said: “No one has a closer view into our fearful hearts than the paramedic, and no one writes it like Kevin Hazzard.”

Pat Conroy (New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini) A shocking, utterly compelling tour de force that shows the dark heart of an Atlanta that I never knew existed…Hazzard writes in an elegant, low-key style, racing from crimes scenes to fatal accidents to the birthing of babies. I couldn’t let the book go – it’s powerful enough to have turned me into an ambulance chaser in my own small South Carolina town, but it’s also very, very funny.”


About the books

A former paramedic’s eye-opening and, at times, deeply moving and hilarious account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the beauty that lies inside catastrophe.

In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt like something was missing from his life—that his days were too safe, too routine.

He wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger—so he signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. Immediately, he entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.

Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on each nightly shift the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. Often, the carnage was grisly, but a carousel of black-humored partners helped. And in lull moments, Kevin reflected on the way people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes.

As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each as a tourist, true believer, or killer.

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing account of one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.


“Will Lightfoot is leaving. He’s packed everything he owns into a box and thrown it all away. Then, after stealing a bag of clothes and a pocketful of money from his roommate, he’s boarding a Greyhound bus to Philly.” “From Maine to Philly to the Poconos to Charleston and, finally, to Atlanta, Will is in search of fulfillment against the often empty promises of a nine-to-five existence and the so-called American Dream. Will winds his way south until he hits Charleston – an apparent paradise. It’s here that he meets people just like him – young and energetic, intelligent and listless – particularly the irrepressible Harry. But after a summer of watching the waves and making drinks in the alien South, Will can no longer pretend that he’s found what he’s looking for.” “When he receives a letter from his sister Penny inviting him to live with her in Atlanta, Will’s dissatisfaction drives him to accept, with Harry in tow, and soon the pair take up writing restaurant reviews and carousing. Harry’s uncompromising view of life and writing, his belief in working toward one’s principles, fuels his work on a novel and Will’s admiration. Harry, it seems, has found contentment.”\

 About the writing

CODE BLACK is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all—creating a condition known as Code Black.


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.


Remember that next week we will be interviewing Laura J. Kendall (Author and instructor)

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Guest Kevin Hazzard

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BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM: Website; Audible; ITunes; Simon & Shuster; Barnes & Noble and Amazon