Mysterious Goings On

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episode 12: Writing Both Sides of the Badge with Frank Zafiro

Ever wonder if TV and movies get police work right? Or what police procedural tropes drive a former police officer crazy? Well, you're in luck as we welcome one of our favorite guests, author Frank Zafiro, who has many tales to tell about his journey to becoming the author of more than thirty novels of gritty crime fiction told from both sides of the badge. 

He also hosts the acclaimed podcast Wrong Place, Write Crime, where he interviews mystery authors of all levels of experience and success. 

"Not going to lie," Alex says. "Frank is one of my favorite interviews in the five-year history of Mysterious Goings On. Don't miss this one, writers and readers!" 

Check out part one of our conversation, and be sure to come back for part two on October 5, 2021.

Zafiro served as a police officer for twenty years in Spokane, Washington, where he retired in 2013 as a captain. Before that, he did a five-year stint in the US Army as a Czechoslovak linguist, and after retiring, he taught leadership to police agencies all over the US and Canada for four years. He's been writing all of his life. His first novel, UNDER A RAGING MOON, was published in 2006, and is the start of his flagship series set in River City. 

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