I’m a Deputy Sheriff who’s proud of what it took to get where I’m at, and what it means to wear a badge to serve and protect.
Mistakes are being made by law enforcement around our country. Like you, it bothers me and I ADMIT change is needed. However, hundreds of thousands of cops, men and women, of all ethnic groups, do a tremendous job serving and protecting people every single day. Before you threaten us, beat us, and kill us I ask that you do what it takes to earn a badge and consider whether or not you could give your life for a complete stranger. If you wear my shoes, I’ll listen to you. If you want to have an adult discussion about my profession, without labeling and finger pointing, I’ll be more than glad to hear what you have to say.
The above star logo (upper right) embodies much of what I’m about. Do you see the writer’s quills, fly rod, shield, and other interesting points? The complexity of the design is meant for those willing to expend energy to learn.
I support the following groups because I believe in them and they’ve earned my trust and respect: Teachers, Parents, Law Enforcement, Doctors, Nurses, Firemen, American Troops, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Single Parents, and ANYONE who strives to leave Earth better than when they visited it. I also spend time volunteering for my church, schools, try to coach, and I still very much love to fly fish. Mostly though, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
One of my first writing gigs appeared in Fly Fisherman Magazine http://www.flyfisherman.com/?s=chris+swinney. After that, I was published more regularly in PointsBeyond.com, Alaskan Peninsula Newspaper, California Game & Fish, and once again in Fly Fisherman Magazine.
Fourteen years ago, I got a job as a Correctional Officer. I quickly promoted to Deputy Sheriff and made the rank of Detective working in the Narcotics Task Force. I did a five year tour during this time with a Department of Justice Task Force. Much of what I did or saw during my career goes into my plots and characters. I try to write as real as fiction as I can.
I continued to write during these years and eventually saw my first novel, Gray Ghost (first of the Bill Dix Detective series), get published in July of 2013. The book has over 115 reviews on Amazon and is a best-seller.
After a few bumpy Publisher issues, I finally landed with RJ Parker Publishing and launched The Cartel Enforcers, which also made the best-sellers lists on Amazon. In the early part of December in 2014, the third book in the series, Sin City Assassin, was launched and quickly climbed as a best-seller.
After these projects (fourth in the series almost complete), I took a stab at true crime writing. I did a novella called, Robert Pickton: The Pig Farmer Killer, which became a #1 best-seller in several categories and countries. The novella is part of a series called, True Canada Serial Killers, published by an imprint of RJ Parker Publications called, Vronsky Parker Publications.
In honor of POLICE WEEK, I took part in a project that I’m very proud of. It’s a collection of short stories, non-fiction and fiction, written by men and women in law enforcement (military and correctional officers) providing a behind the scenes look into our professions. My intent was to bring a strong and positive vibe back to law enforcement. The collection immediately landed on best-seller lists on amazon. THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES. Please check it out. A great cause, done by cops, correctional officers, and military folks, for the families of our fallen brothers and sisters. The anthology is called, Justice Shall Be Served.
Future writing projects:
On June 22, 2015, I’ll be publishing my first chap book entitled, Crushing Tin. This is a collection of poems and prose I wrote to help me cope with the stresses and unbelievable things I see or participate in while serving the community. As usual, the proceeds from this project will go to the families of fallen heroes.
In October 2015, the second true-crime novel I’ve written will be released as part of the True Crime Canada Series. The person I wrote about is certainly one of Canada’s worse serial killers in the history of the country.
Sometime before the end of 2015, the fourth (and possibly final) novel in the Bill Dix Series will be published. The running title is, Full Circle, and fans will certainly be shocked, and likely upset with me. But an author must do what he has to do…
Facts about Chris:
I wear interesting costumes when I work undercover.
I’m allergic to bee stings.
I secretly have a thing for poetry, but I’m too chicken to write more of it.
I use a pen name of C. L. Swinney.
I created a social media group on Goodreads that seems to be helping a lot of people with promoting their work through social media. “Social Media 101” is the name of the group https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/104837-social-media-101.
Don’t dare me to do something unless you really want to see it done.