How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I taught myself to be a technical while in Grad School after a scientific journal rejected my first paper. In the FBI I wrote investigative reports, then summeries and policy documents; some were presented to congressional staffers. I have always enjoyed history and non-fiction books. I became intrigued by the Creative Non-fiction style and when I retired, I decided to challenge myself and find out if I could write in the Creative No-fiction genre of memoir and true crime.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Read books in the genre that you want to write. Research your subject(s) and include small visual details (not overwhelming, though). Get a first draft written, no matter how rough. Then revise, revise, polish and edit.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Read a well written book first thing in the morning for an hour or two - whatever time you have. Then write until its time for dog park.
What message do you want readers to remember?: That FBI agents and employees are dedicated, honest, and will leave no stone unturned, within the law, in order to solve an investigation.
How can fans get in contact with you?: The best way is through my Internet site, www.rscottdecker.com. I read through my email once or twice each day.