Shells Chats with author Michael Tabman
Can you tell us a bit about Midnight Sin?
Midnight Sin is an inside look at the dark and mysterious world behind the cop’s badge. Rookie cop Gary Hollings quickly learns that wrestling street thugs and arresting drug dealers while trying to track down a serial rapist is nowhere near as tough as watching his back from his fellow cops. He must also fight his inner demons – ones that he never knew he had until he put on that police uniform. Becoming a cop changes everything he thought he knew about life. Midnight Sin is a gritty cop novel that explores the complexities of the cop psyche.
How has being a former police officer and an FBI agent helped in writing Midnight Sin?
My years as a police officer and FBI Agent gave me experience and exposure to interesting people and unusual events that helped me create the characters and story line. The backdrop of Midnight Sin was motivated by a case I worked on as a plain clothes cop.
What did you find most challenging about writing Midnight Sin?
I tend to want to keep my story as true to life as possible. When writing a novel, the author must delve into fantasy and not be strictly tied to reality.
In Walking the Corporate Beat you help CEOs avoid any problems they could come in contact with. What made you decide to write this book?
When I retired from the FBI, I reflected on investigations, operations and other occurrences where the right decision had the wrong results, established processes failed and human foibles, such as ego, managed to bring failure to what should have been successful results. I thought these examples, presented in the context of true cop stories, would be an entertaining way to present some “lessons learned.”
What are you hoping readers will get out of your books?
I hope that readers of my books enjoy the stories and are entertained. Then, I hope they find themselves thinking about not just what happened, but why things happened the way they did.
If there was one thing you could share that helped you in the process of writing to a new author what would it be?
Find your own voice.
Are there any upcoming projects you can share with our readers?
I am working on a novel centered on an FBI agent struggling with a complicated investigation only to find his life become even more complicated as the rules of the game change suddenly and without warning.
Any upcoming book signings or appearances?
Yes, we are having a book signing on June 3, 2011 at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.
Where can people find out more about you?
I post all my information at MichaelTabman.com
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