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Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this Powerpoint presentation, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a 30- year veteran officer, will cover everything from felony car-stops to murder investigations and hostage negotiations.
Detective Woodcock has been a polygraph examiner for 20 years, and describes how to read body language when questioning accused murderers and child molesters. Other topics include his experiences as a sergeant during homicide and robbery investigations, and an incident involving thirteen pipe bombs planted at the home of a nurse. He also covers his experiences as a hostage negotiator dealing with heavily armed and mentally ill suspects.
Knight, a New York Times bestselling author, talks about how to incorporate real-life details of police techniques when constructing internal, external and romantic conflicts without information dumps.
Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley imprint. She was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series. Since then, she has written 17 novels and more than thirty novellas and e-books.
Detective Michael Woodcock began his 30-year career as a cop with the city of Spartanburg, SC Police, doing everything from high speed pursuits to searching for pipe bombs and investigating murders. In 1997, he became the department’s polygraph examiner, interrogating accused pedophiles, thieves and murderers, as well as screening potential police employees. In 2001, he was hired by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office as its polygrapher. He formed the county’s first hostage negotiation unit, and conducted a number of negotiations with barricaded subjects. He’s now back with the Spartanburg City Police Department as a detective.