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10-33 Assist PC by Desmond P. Ryan - Book Tour

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Book Blurb

D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him.

With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.

And now, the chase is personal.

In the first of the Mike O’Shea Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down.


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Author Q&A
1. When did you write your first book?
My first real book, which is to say, one that I shopped around, was completed when I was 54 years old. I remember one agent saying that I was “too old”. I’m not sure what she meant and recall thinking that I wasn’t going to get any younger and, if she wanted to represent me, she’d better get to it sooner than later if I was, in her world, that old! Spoiler Alert: I’m older now. And I have an agent who doesn’t seem to think too old. And I have two book series on the go. So there’s that….

2. What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
I spent almost thirty years of my life in policing. That’s a LOT of material. In fact, one of the reasons I write crime fiction is because criminal investigations, crime scenes, forensics, police procedures, and court proceedings were my life and would otherwise just fade away in my brain if I didn’t.

I draw from my own experiences or the experiences that I was witness to during my policing career. I’ve tried to look up old cases to fictionalize that I wasn’t involved with and it just didn’t work. The difference now is that I get to decide how the ending goes, which is a nice perk!

3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I was invited by the Toronto Police Service to participate in a major overhaul of how missing persons cases are investigated and that takes up a lot of time. I also really enjoy living in downtown Toronto, where I can step out of my door and see world-class theatre, art exhibits, restaurants, and, of course, there’s my local pub! My two children also keep me busy.

4. What’s a typical writing day like for you?
If I’m writing The Mike O’Shea Series, I usually write by about 9 am, after I’ve had my breakfast. I’ll work until about 11:30 and then call it a day. As a result of years’ of writing police reports, I find that I write fairly quickly, which is helpful.

If I’m working on The Pint of Trouble series, which is a more traditional, albeit lighter crime series featuring Mary-Margaret O’Shea, Mike’s mother, I’ll usually write in the afternoon with a good cup of Barry’s until dinner and, if I’m not going out with friends, continue into the evening.

5. Do you listen to music when writing?
No. Not at all. I like complete silence, mostly because I feel like I’m plugging into another world and am just a transcriber, so I need to keep the airways clear.

6. If you could have a dinner party with 3 other authors, who would they be?
This is a great question, and I’m thinking that most of the authors that I’d like to have dinner with would likely be too cranky or sullen or prematurely drunk or prone to emotional breakdowns to be much fun. I, on the other hand, would be a sparkling dinner guest (and am always open to invitations!).

7. If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
I think Gerard Butler would be great as Mike O’Shea. Perhaps you could send him my book and see if he concurs.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
During a Canadian winter, I’m thinking Greece or Italy would be lovely. Otherwise, Ireland would be grand. Guinness does taste different in Canada.

9. Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
If a publisher made it a condition, I would, but, obviously, I’d rather not.

10. Do you have a favorite food/snack/drink when writing (or anytime)?
I like a strong coffee when I’m writing The Mike O’Shea Series and Barry’s tea when I’m writing The Pint of Trouble series. I love anything chocolate, but it’s hard to eat when you’re typing, so I restrict myself to a coffee or a cuppa (both of which usually go cold before I get to them).

11. How do you choose your book covers?
I don’t. My publisher sends me a sheet with a few questions about the tone of the book, and that sheet is sent to their in-house cover artists. I’m then given three choices and I pick one. And hope people like it.

12. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my books. Whether you’re a quick reader or, like me, take forever to get through a book, I really appreciate that you’ve picked up mine. I cannot express my gratitude to the people who have allowed my made-up world to become a part of their lives. Thank you, truly.



Author Bio
Born and raised in Toronto, Desmond P. Ryan graduated from UofT and joined what was then the Toronto Police Force. He has been a front-line officer, a beat cop, a patrol sergeant, an instructor at the Toronto Police College, and a detective over the almost thirty years of his career.

Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. Now a retired detective, he writes crime fiction. Des is presently working on the Mike O’Shea Series and the Mary-Margaret Series, both published by Level Best Books.

Desmond lives in the Toronto neighbourhood known as Cabbagetown, where he can be seen wandering about, considering his next plot point or on his way to the pub.


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