Cops and Writers Podcast

055 Indie Author Tom Turner Shows Us It's Never Too Late In Life To Find Success Writing Murder Mysteries And Thrillers

February 20, 2022 Patrick O'Donnell / Tom Turner Episode 55
Cops and Writers Podcast
055 Indie Author Tom Turner Shows Us It's Never Too Late In Life To Find Success Writing Murder Mysteries And Thrillers
Show Notes

Today’s episode takes us to sunny Florida where I chat with mystery, thriller, crime writer, and my friend, Tom Turner. 

A native New Englander, Tom Turner dropped out of college and ran a Vermont bar. Limping back a few years later to get his sheepskin, he went on to become an advertising copywriter, first in Boston, then New York. After 10 years of post-Mad Men life, he made both a career and geography change and ended up in Palm Beach, renovating houses and collecting raw materials for his novels. 

After stints in Charleston, then Skidaway Island, outside of Savannah, Tom recently moved to Delray Beach, where he’s busy writing about passion and murder among his neighbors... 

To date, Tom has written eighteen crime thrillers and mysteries and is probably best known for his Charlie Crawford series set in Palm Beach. 

I think you guys are going to really like this interview and get some helpful tips and tricks for your author careers.  

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      How and why later in life Tom began his successful indie author career.

·      How his copywriting background helps him write winning book descriptions.

·      How he and his cover designer work together creating amazing book covers.

·      How he gets his police facts straight and breaks the ice with local detectives and police officers getting the inside scoop on police work from them for his stories. 

·      Why and how he started out being traditionally published and switched over to being a self-published author. 

·      The importance of books being in a series.

·      How he writes every day and has published eighteen successful books in less than six years.

·      How Tom triumphed over cancer and continues to be a successful indie author!


All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

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