This is one hell of a story!
Good Cop Bad Cop by Sallie Moppert is a mystery story.
When his mother is beaten to death by his alcoholic stepfather, fourteen-year-old Samuel Marlowe is rescued from seeking revenge against him by a chance meeting with Officer Edwin Hill. The veteran policeman takes Sam under his wing and even becomes the boy’s foster father.
Sam becomes a cop and works alongside his beloved mentor until Edwin is killed in a shooting. Hailed as a hero for his actions in the case, Sam feels like anything but. He begins a dark descent away from the stand-up policeman he once was, turning to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain and his PTSD.
The police captain assigns Sam a partner hoping to salvage what is left of him by forcing him to become a good role model for the young recruit. Needless to say, Sam is not pleased with the arrangement, protesting it up until the moment Junior Detective Dahlia Bennett enters his life.
Will he try to shake her loose? Does her by-the-book ideals and strong moral code rub off on him? Will his relaxed attitude and views on true justice start to influence her? What will ultimately lead to the two becoming a solid team? When Dahlia declares she wants to reopen some cases believing that the wrong person was sent to prison, Sam tells her straight out that in doing so, she would be putting her life at risk. As Dahlia persists, Sam is faced with the ultimate decision: let Dahlia reopen the cases and discover his crimes, or kill her to keep her from learning the truth.
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Brian stepped forward, opening the massive doors with ease, and walked straight into the sea of microphones, camera flashes, and video recorders. Roderick followed a few steps behind his loyal attorney and stood at his side as he waited for the onslaught of the inevitable media coverage that was a result of the trial’s conclusion.
“People, please,” Brian started to speak, holding his hands up to halt the millions of questions that were being voiced to him all at once.
Once the media crowd quieted down, Brian addressed them:
“I am pleased to announce that my client, Mr. Roderick Morgan, was found not guilty for the deaths of his parents, Walter and Cassidy Morgan. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan adopted Roderick and raised him as if he was their own flesh and blood. There was no way that he would repay their love and kindness by brutally murdering them as they lay sleeping in their beds.”
Roderick nudged Brian, who turned to look at him.
“May I?” he asked.
“Of course,” Brian said.
Roderick stepped in front of Brian to better face the endless crowd of media before him.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who supported me throughout this dreadful ordeal,” he said, speaking in the sweet and innocent tone that had helped him to win over the jury a short time ago.
Roderick’s gentle eyes and sincere expression then suddenly transformed to that of smugness accompanied by a sneer. “But that proves that you are all stupid as hell,” he said with a wink. “Because I got away with murder. Adios!”
Roderick pulled his designer sunglasses out of his designer suit coat pocket and put them on as his personal driver pulled up in front of the courthouse with his golden Maserati. The media watched in stunned silence as Roderick descended the concrete steps to his car, not a care in the world. Brian followed solemnly behind him, his head lowered in shame at the admission of guilt by his client.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A New York native, Sallie has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a Specialization in Forensic Science. A lifelong mystery fan, she has combined her love and passion for writing with her interests in criminal justice, law, and forensic science.
Sallie currently resides in New York with her family and her “zoo,” which includes two dogs, two guinea pigs, a betta fish and a leopard gecko. She works as a freelance writer/editor and a legal assistant.
Hi Sally, and thank you for being here!
Can you tell us a fun fact about writing your book?
There are a couple fun facts about writing Good Cop Bad Cop (GCBC). I wrote the story backward. The first story that I wrote featuring Sam Marlowe was also named Good Cop Bad Cop and it ended up becoming the penultimate story in the collection. The second story I composed was The Gray Area, which is in the middle. After that, I wrote Second Chances, which is the opening story in the collection. From there, I had to fill in the rest of Sam’s journey and how he changes from the Sam we meet in Second Chances to the Sam at the end of the book in Good Cop Bad Cop. I also like to put references to things that I like or are important to me throughout the book. For example, in one of the stories that will be in the next collection of short stories, the one suspect is a veterinarian. He scoops up a guinea pig and is petting it while speaking to Sam and Dahlia; my sister is a guinea pig lover and has two of them, so this is a reference to our piggies. In GCBC, the story Victims of Circumstance has a restaurant called Quincy’s, which is named after my dog. Sam played hockey as a kid because I am a huge hockey fan. There are a ton of little things like this all throughout the book.
Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
I love this question. I would have to say I have my characters reined in, but with enough slack that they can take me in a whole new direction if it comes to that. I like to give the story and the characters some leverage to develop on their own because they can sometimes conceive interesting plots or twists that I hadn’t originally planned for or thought of. When I first began writing Sam, I knew I wanted to create a mentor of sorts for him. The Edwin Hill that takes Sam in and becomes his foster father wasn’t originally part of the story. Instead, he was a character from a different story I was working on where I was experimenting with different POVs. I then got the idea to take that Edwin and make him the Edwin we meet in Second Chances. Another example is in one of the later stories where a hostage situation takes place. Originally, the culprit was someone completely different and unrelated to the story. However, between my muse and my editor, the culprit evolved into someone that is connected to Sam (I don’t want to give too much away), which ups the stakes that much more based on the situation.
What started you on the path to writing?
As cliche as it may sound, it was the love of writing and storytelling that got me on this journey. I remember writing and drawing stories based on some movie that I really loved as a kid, probably around 4 years old. I continued writing for fun until about thirteen. That’s when I started to consider becoming an author seriously. I played around with different stories and styles and finally got my first piece published in a local young writer’s anthology at 18. I haven’t looked back since and wouldn’t change a thing about my passions for all things literary. It’s a joy, an escape, a gift and several other positive synonyms that I could enter here if I had access to a thesaurus while writing this 🙂
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful support system in my family and friends. My sister acts as my idea springboard; I can always bounce ideas and characters off of her and between the two of us goofing off together, we usually come up with some fun things (especially fanfiction ideas, which tend to result from us joking around together). I can also always rely on my sister and my mother to read, re-read and re-read again all of the different versions of my stories as I edit them. I have even found that colleagues and acquaintances also support my writing endeavors and then share with me that they have their own! I love being able to encourage others who have an interest in writing to pick up a pen or sit down in front of the keyboard and start writing.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I’ve tried my hand at both styles and for me personally, a flexible outline works best. I like to give myself a brief sequence of events, like “let’s start with crime A, then event B will happen, followed by C,” and so on. I know I need to get from A to C but I let my muse guide the journey there. It’s definitely entertaining to watch scenes and characters develop as I write, especially when my muse is suddenly sparked by some amazing idea that I hadn’t originally thought of when I started writing that part. I remember one instance where I had a rigid outline and in this particular chapter, I had it planned that two characters were going to argue verbally. As the scene developed, the two characters nearly turned their arguing into a physical altercation. That was not originally what I had planned, but it really fit the personalities of the two characters and I think it added more entertainment and drama to the scene, especially when a third character (who was the girlfriend of one guy and the sister of the other) came to interrupt their fight. She was their one common ground and it made them stop fighting, despite both being hot-heads that would have certainly duked it out if not interrupted. Since then, I’ve stuck with a very loose outline that I can tweak as needed.
How long does it take you to write a story?
It depends on the story, I suppose. I prefer to write my works long hand and one way I track how long it takes me to write a story is by using different colored pens each day I write. There’s been a few instances where I’ve taken a couple days to write a story or there’s been one or two stories that just flowed onto the page and I had it done in a day. Conversely, there are some stories that just don’t want to be written down and they take forever to complete. Luck of the draw, I guess (or if my muse is being cooperative or not).
Best song ever written.
I don’t know if I have a favorite/best song ever written, but I am a big Slash fan, so pretty much anything he composed/played in. I also love the original Guns N’ Roses, The Struts, Linkin Park, The Headstones, The Offspring, Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless. In the words of Joan Jett, I love rock n’ roll.
Pen or computer?
It’s interesting; depending on what I’m writing, I may prefer pen to keyboard and vice versa. I find that I prefer to write my stories long hand in a notebook and then type it up, as I usually make any necessary edits when I turn it into a word doc. On the other hand, when it comes to things written for fun, like fanfiction, I think I write better when I’m typing it up. Between the two, though, I’m a sucker for a nice notebook and a pen.
Music or silence?
Definitely music! (I’m actually listening to music as I’m working on this). I can tune the music out so that I can hear it, but I’m not actually listening to it (if that makes sense). Plus, I like the background noise. If it gets too quiet, I feel as though my thoughts start to wander and my focus is no longer on the work in front of me. It’s the same with the television; if there’s a good show on, such as a crime show, I tend to get emotionally invested and that’s where my attention goes. I’ve gotten hooked on a lot of shows that way, lol.
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
I don’t know if I could pick just one! I am a HUGE animal lover and I like animals of all types. I think being a dog would be great, as I have two dogs and they are treated like royalty. I also love reptiles, so being a gecko would be cool. I love to sunbathe and one of my favorite things to do in summer is to lay outside and write, so it wouldn’t be too different from how my leopard gecko basks in his heat lamp. Swimming is another thing I love to do in summer, so a fish would be interesting. Perhaps a dolphin? Then there are panda bears and red pandas; they are both adorable little fluff balls. Too many options to pick just one!
First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning?
Does a whimper or crying count as a thought? (Just kidding…not really). I’m not really a morning person, so my first thought is to hit the snooze button for a few extra minutes. Plus it gives me an opportunity to cuddle my dog for a little bit before I have to get up and go to work.
Do you miss being a child?
Yes! The whole “adulting” thing is way overrated. Then again, with all these television shows, toys and movies from my childhood getting a reboot or a comeback, it’s like I get to be a child again!
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