Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guest Author Wayne Farquhar

Today's guest writes in a genre I try to READ a fair amount of because it is probably my weak spot in my mystery writing. The actual CRIME solving (not the mystery solving, but the professional investigator, dark underbelly angle), but I am feeling humbled at present, as I see Wayne comes by his knowledge honestly. He's BEEN THERE (did you hear the cry in my voice?) Seriously though, I am impressed with his background and humbled by his experience.

So without further ado, let me introduce Wayne! Welcome, Wayne!

Bio: Wayne Farquhar is a 28-year veteran working with the San Jose Police Department in California. He has worked through the ranks from officer to lieutenant with detective assignments in Sexual Assaults, Homicide and Internal Affairs. He has also worked undercover assignments in Child Exploitation, Child Pornography and Vice. He spent 10 years as a street cop and hostage negotiator. Wayne has worked on Federal Task Forces with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He has appeared on national television, /America’s Most Wanted/ on a murder investigation. BLOOD OVER BADGE is his first effort in crime-thriller fiction, and he hopes to write more books and speak to larger audiences about his experiences in law enforcement. Wayne lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you would like to formally invite Wayne to speak about BLOOD OVER BADGE or law enforcement to your organization, association, conference or expo, please send an email to

Title: Blood over Badge
Genre: Crime fiction
Publisher: 3 L Pulishers



The murder of the Mayor of San Francisco’s daughter sets the stage for this intriguing and spellbinding crime thriller. Two police detectives, Jack Paige and Casey Ford are assigned to catch a cold-blooded rapist and killer. In this gritty, realistic tale of homicide, unrelated mysteries of two murderers seem to come together and make little sense. What does a man rotting away behind the stench-enclosed walls of Angola Penitentiary have to do with an evil and cruel rapist and killer now on the run from California to Texas? What is the relationship to the killing of the Mayor’s daughter? BLOOD OVER BADGE, an intense, taunt and brilliantly told crime thriller, takes readers on a realistic, gritty and real-world tour de force exploring the underbelly of police and detective work.

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I’ve asked myself “what’s the difference between me and my non-writer friends?” I mean, aside from the obvious … The answer came to me while I watched my 11 year old son play. He crashed space ships with huge drama. I listened while he made up voices and the sounds of destruction. I realized, he imagined everything necessary for a great book. His story: Star Wars Lego’s battle. His characters: Fighter pilots and ground-troop leaders barking orders (Dialogue) to storm troopers. Conflict: the battle. Plot: the battle. The light bulb went off in my head. Hey! I’m the goofy adult that still imagines like a child!

As children, it was natural for us to play and imagine. We did it every single day. It didn’t much matter if it was a doll or Army men. We used our imaginations and created stories and events. We had voices for our characters and some were heroic while others were not. Some characters were good and others evil. Each one had a specific role and place in our heart.

When it comes to writing, my characters are real in my mind. They have personalities, feeling, thoughts, relationships, history, quirks, hang-ups, problems, likes, dislikes, secrets: I could go on forever. I try to have 20/20 when I write a scene. I see it, smell it, feel it and taste it. It’s definitely not magical nor do I see myself as “gifted.” It’s practice! We grow up and the pressures of life drills down. We need to survive so we find work, build careers and relationships. Some of us start families and all of us get caught up in the many events that impact our daily lives. At the end of the day, we’re exhausted and we didn’t make much time for imagination. Days last forever and years fly by, right? Soon enough, we lose the art to imagine because we stopped practicing.

I understand why playing is exhausting for children. It’s the same reason writers are exhausted at the end of a writing day. It takes work and a conscious effort to be creative and stretch our imaginations. It doesn’t matter if we’re writing a book or crashing Star Wars Lego’s. We’re using our imaginations to create another world. And that alone, is my favorite aspect of writing. I get to create the entire world and all the players. Sound familiar?

I encourage you to practice using your imagination. It’s much easier if you enjoy writing. Give it a shot: it’s a lot of fun!


Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thanks Tami, for hosting Wayne. And Wayne, I really loved your comparison of the writing process and of children playing games. Perhaps the best explanation I have read!

Jessica Subject said...

A great post! Thank you Tami and Wayne! Another book to add to my TBR pile. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We all need to tap into that childhood ability then!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

After reading his work history, I doubt anything about writing a book scares him!

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, thanks guys! Great stuff, eh?!

Helen Ginger said...

Great post. This was my favorite: I see it, smell it, feel it and taste it. To make the scenes come alive, you really do have to do that.


Simon C. Larter said...

I tense up when I'm writing tense scenes. Sometimes I close my eyes so I can see it just right. Every now and then I get a phantom smell (though that could just be the lack of shower this morning).

I can't be the only one to go literally blind to the real world while thinking of my imaginary one, can I?

wayne said...


Thank you very much for hosting me. You have a wonderful following and I greatly appreciate every guest comment. The writing world is so enjoyable! It's truly a great release. A special thanks to everyone that took a moment to write a post.


Clarissa Draper said...

He really knows his stuff.

I can't remember much about my childhood so I don't know how creative and imaginative I was but I know I am now. I need to work on my 20/20 description skills.

Great interview.


Hart Johnson said...

Simon, I was sure you'd committed to bathing--wasn't that central to today's blog of yours?

Wayne--thanks so much for stopping by! It IS a great bunch of readers around here!

Clarissa-I think my imagination has definitely grown since my childhood--I'm not sure girls are encouraged to make up things in the same way as boys. Our play tends to by more domestic (though I was a crayons girl more than a player of any sort)

Ketutar said...

My favorite was: "I realized, he imagined everything necessary for a great book." :-D Reminded me of me as a little girl, playing with my things - or just thoughts, running in the woods imagining everything needed, from swords to horses :-D
Thank you for a very enjoyable blog entry :-)

Missed Periods said...

When you compare writing to the make believe we played as children, it really makes it seem less intimidating. I like it.