Behind-the-Scene: What’s in a Name?

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteBLOG POST #228: This week, I’m sharing some behind-the-scene scoop on research and name selection.

Whether you’re writing a series or a solo novel, regardless of the genre, you must build a world in which the characters live.

For the School Marshal series, I knew I wanted the city to geographically be in the region where I live but have fictitious names. Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part III

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteBLOG POST #225: I have much respect for those who are able work in a 911 call center. It truly takes a special person to be a 911 operator. During this deadly pandemic, I’m sure the Com Centers are overwhelmed.

The tour of the communications center ‘Com Center’ was brief. We were only allowed to view the room from the doorway. The large, dark, windowless room had numerous computer stations—each with two or more monitors. Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part II

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons, author websiteBLOG POST #215: If you’re curious about how law enforcement functions, then you should sign up for a citizen’s academy. And if you’re an author who writes scenes containing any police procedures, you also should sign up for a citizen’s academy. Here’s why:

As I said in post 209, most law enforcement agencies have a Citizen’s Academy. Call your local police or sheriff department and ask them. I attended my local sheriff department’s Citizen Academy in 2013. It was a free sixteen-week course held one evening each week, plus one ride-along with a deputy. Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part I

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #209: Are you interested in how your law enforcement functions? Are you a mystery, suspense, or thriller writer who’d like to know about law enforcement? This post may be of particular interest to you.

Most law enforcement agencies have a Citizen’s Academy. The one through my local sheriff department was a free sixteen-week course held one evening each week, plus one ride-along with a deputy.

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