Monday, October 4, 2010

Writer's Police Academy: Personal Highlight

If the photograph was of me alone, it would be destined for the delete key (one of the most amazing elements of digital photography in my estimation), but because Jeffery Deaver is in it, it's a keeper.

Jeffery Deaver was the keynote speaker at this year's WPA. Not only that, he attended the workshops! No kidding.

I was sitting in the workshop presented by Richard Helms examing the difference between inductive and deductive criminal profiling when Jeff Deaver walked in and took a seat. I thought Dr. Helms would either bust a gut or float off into never-never land when that happened. To his credit, the instructor recovered and probably not too many people noted his Fluster Moment.

For those of you who may have missed it, here's a post from the past regarding Jeffery Deaver's writing process.

CR: Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan on my Kindle.

It's all better with friends.


  1. Actually, I was thrilled to have Mr. Deaver in the classroom. To be honest, however, I also have panic disorder, and my body chose almost the exact moment BEFORE Mr. Deaver entered to toss itself into a brief panic attack. These days, those attacks last about two minutes, and I was able to recover pretty quickly.

    I hope you enjoyed the presentation!
    Rick Helms (not Doctor...)

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation . . . am letting it ferment just a little to see how I can really give it a good twist for a character or two.

    And you are a real pro. I had no idea.

    Thanks, Not Doc.