With over 40 years in law enforcement, Joe D. has plenty of stories to tell.
It’s no mystery that I love crime fiction, reading it as well as writing it. But writing about crime has its own special set of challenges. One of the greatest is knowing if I’ve got something right, or not.
Today I want to introduce you to the guy I go to for expert help.
Joe keeps my characters out of jail when there isn’t enough evidence against them. He gets the correct professionals to my crime scenes. And, he slaps my detective’s hand when she goes out of bounds.
With over 40 years in law enforcement J.C. De. Ladurantey knows his stuff. Not only is he a consummate pro, he also has some crazy stories to tell. To protect the innocent–and probably the guilty–Joe has chosen to fictionalize his experiences. He tells them through the eyes of Howard Hamilton, cop extraordinaire.
Read on for my interview with Joe.
- Lots of people ask authors where they get their ideas. Here’s my more “writerly” version of that question: What inspired you to devote the months or years needed to write your stories?
Spending over 40 years in a profession gives you a wealth of knowledge but does not necessarily make you a writer. Most of my inspiration came from friends and family that said, “why don’t you tell that story in a book?” For almost 10 years I heard their voice but could never sit down long enough to write. Now it has become a passion, or perhaps an obsession.
- What’s the most difficult thing about the writing process for you?
The most difficult part of the writing process is the personal discipline needed to write. I do not know how people with kids or full-time careers find the time, other than to ignore other priorities. Writing must be a priority and not just something you do occasionally. Right now, it is third in line, so I find it easy to balance family, work and writing. Exercising and reading have taken 4th and 5th place.
- What message do you hope readers take away after they close the cover of your book?
I guess I have a two-fold purpose. Perhaps an escape from their own life and issues they deal with daily followed by a means to educate people on topics and thought processes they may otherwise not have insight into.
- Some writers’ primary goal is to entertain, some to educate, some to motivate. Which best describes you?
I have written textbooks that educate but novels or narritive non-fiction are different. My goal then becomes a combination of informing, entertaining and providing insight into a world that perhaps many have only peeked into.
- Writers generally have a lot to say. How did you tease out the most pertinent story lines and discipline yourself to toss the rest?
I am struggling with this issue right now! I will put everything in, then take things out on the second or third go-around. Last resort is I will succumb to my editor!
- What has changed in your life now that you are a published author?
What has changed is that I have become a bit more introverted. I spend more time thinking about what I want to write and therefore space off someplace when I should be more in the moment. Hard to shut off the brain sometimes.
- If you could go back in time and encourage your unpublished self, what would you say?
Take more notes about life that you wish to write about. As has been said, I have forgotten more than I remember. I wish I’d have kept a journal of those little stories that I could someday embellish into a piece of fiction.
- What are you working on now?
I am working on my third novel which is a sequel to COWARDS, CROOKS, AND WARRIORS and 23 MINUTES. It is called AVAILABLE TIME. The saga of my character, Howard Hamilton, continues, and he is writing it himself.
- Where can people find out more about you and your work?
That is my biggest problem! I hate marketing me and the books. I guess that is why it is more of a hobby than a career. Even some of my friends do not know I have written.
- Well, I’ve just told a bunch of people about you, Joe.