Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight: Patricia Harman, author of ‘The Hooker, The Handyman and What the Parrot Saw’

With the cooperation of Waldorf Publishing, we are proud to be able to profile some of the finest fiction and non-fiction authors out there today. The third author of the series is Patricia Harmon.

Patricia is a retired police officer of 34 years.  You may have seen her on the Steve Harvey show in 2014 where she, as a police chief, was named “Best Police Officer in the Country.” for her work in community policing.  This is her first work of fiction. 

 

How did you get your start in the literary world? I published my first book in the 90’s. It was a non-fiction on violent crime, but I have always written fictional stories and its been on my mind a long time to write a fiction novel. I’ve just never been able to finish one! Lol Until now.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I am a retired law enforcement officer of 34 years. I spent 30 years at a fairly large agency in Northern Virginia and retired as a master detective and then became a police chief for a small agency for 9 years. I am divorced and have a grown son who of course, became a police officer. 😊

What is your favorite part about being an author? Cops are notorious story tellers, mostly because they get so much material on the job! I have also found writing very cathartic. In police work you have keep your emotions in check in order to get the job done. Writing allows me to access those emotional stores that I have kept locked up for such a long time.

 How do you get your inspiration? The ocean. Almost all of my writing happens on cruise ships or piers. There is something about it that inspires me to be creative.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? This recent book resulted in a very complex male lead that I would very much like to see played out.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? Wow – that is a long list. Horrifying things too but yes but definitely funny things too. One thing my career did was create the Breakfast Club. It’s a group of retired female detectives and widows. We’ve been meeting EVERY WEEK for breakfast for ten years. Its hysterical when we start reminiscing about a case and forget we are in a restaurant… “I told him – you did it! You raped her! And we’re not leaving this room until you tell me so dry those alligator tears and be a man!” or “The guys leg was in the middle of I-95 and the damn firefighters wouldn’t go pick it up for me!” Then people in the restaurant start looking over their shoulders at us. Oy!

Can you tell us a bit about your book? Its really about relationships. Why we chose the people chose and what we need from them even when its not good for us. This female officer is smart and funny and really good at what she does but when it comes to men she doesn’t seem to have brain cell one. Her need is so intense and so great that she is willing to look the other way on every red flag being planted along the way just to have that need fed.

What is your next big project? There are two more books in the “Parrot Series”. I have begun work on book #2 Dead Parrots Tell no Tales

Anything else you’d like to add? One of the lead characters is named Clint McAllister. One of my officers found his real father when I was writing this book so I changed the name of the character as an homage to his amazing story.

 

Several of the books published through Waldorf Press can be found at your local library. The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful reading can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!