Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and ninety-eighth, is of poet, article writer and novelist C.L. Swinney. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
C. L. Swinney is a narcotics investigator currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has investigated hundreds of narcotics, homicide, gang, and Mexico cartel cases along the west coast of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He began his career as a Probation Officer, moved on to become a Court Investigator, and then got hired by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer. He did this for a while and promoted to Deputy Sheriff. C. L. Swinney has been invited to speak at law enforcement conferences throughout the United States regarding methamphetamine manufacturing, processing, and the abuse of pharmaceutical prescription pills. He is recognized as an expert in narcotics, homicides, and cell phone forensics throughout the Bay Area.
C. L. Swinney developed the concept for the first book in his Bill Dix series, Gray Ghost, while fly-fishing in the Bahamas. He’d always written articles and poetry, but he felt it was time to start a novel. His passion for the outdoors and law enforcement is intertwined throughout his writing. The world of narcotics is dark and mysterious. C. L. Swinney pulls the reader immediately into this fascinating world from the first word in his debut novel and doesn’t let you out until you finish the book.
Finding time to be with his wife, two children, friends, and family has been his greatest obstacle. Yet somehow some way he manages to make it happen. He enjoys camping, fishing, and barbecuing.
C.L. Swinney supports teachers, parents, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, firemen, American Troops, Juvenile Diabetes Research (JDRF), and any other group that strives to do the right thing, everyday. He volunteers time at local Fremont schools to educate children on the dangers of using or selling narcotics. C.L. Swinney is also a little league coach and supports his local community.
And now from the author himself:
I tend to write many things, from magazine articles on fly fishing (featured in Fly Fisherman Magazine, California Game & Fish Magazine, and PointsBeyond.com), to formal and non formal poetry, and recently law enforcement fiction. My debut novel, Gray Ghost, recently came out and is available on Amazon.
I’m an avid reader of suspense novels and poetry. I’m a huge fan of the outdoors and making strong efforts to protect our natural resources. When I was coming up with the concept for Gray Ghost, I tried to incorporate all of this in the plot and story. I added the beauty of the outdoors with the ugliness of narcotics. I was fortunate enough to sell enough fly-fishing trips to a lodge in the Bahamas that I was allowed to accompany the clients. When we were flying into the strip, I started to formulate the outline for Gray Ghost. I worked on the book for several years until it was exactly what I wanted and spot-on, even though it’s fiction. That was important to me.
I focus a ton of effort on making the fiction I write as real as possible. As such, characters, situations, and concepts are pulled from my experiences as a narcotics / homicide detective. Certain trade secrets will remain secret; however, some things can be carefully discussed, and I try to do that well. In addition, I spend a lot of time trying to show the reader what’s happening and solicit raw feelings with my words, since telling them is no fun. If all goes well, keep an eye out for the second book in the Bill Dix series, The Collectors.
You can find more about C.L. and his writing via…
- http://www.twitter/clswinney (@clswinney)
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