Four Stars for Four Star

This is a terrific reference book about a ground-breaking and innovative television production company that virtually nobody remembers any more. And yet TV producers and studios are still strongly influenced by the way Four Star did business – specifically how they used their TV series as cost-effective platforms to create more shows.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP187 – Interview With Forensics Expert Geoff Symon

Want to figure out how to create the perfect crime for your cozy mystery character to solve? 

Or find out how your investigator protagonist would investigate a murder? 

Perhaps you just want to find out what investigators look for at a crime scene so you can figure out what to plant at your fictitious scene? 

Well, your questions will all be answered during this in-depth chat with Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent, Geoff Symon. 

A forensics expert with 20 years of experience, Geoff was able to give us his expert guidance on crime scenes for authors, giving us the correct language (it’s spatter not splatter, people) as well as explaining jargon like ‘crime scene integrity’ and ‘crime scene cross-contamination’, and even what an investigator might get wrong when you need them to make mistakes for your story. 

He was also able to debunk popular stereotypes, and give us a behind the scenes glimpse into forensics investigations in the US, all in his charming, personable style… 

Another fantastic guest for Mystery May, giving you valuable insight into crimes and the people who solve them.  

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A Contest That’s Out of This World!

3 Lucky Authors will win a Complete Book Cover Design Package that includes digital and print versions, 3D images, and social media-sized images for promoting your book! Entering is simple, visit answer the question, enter your information, and get sharing! The page includes easy sharing buttons and ways to increase the number of points […]

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP186 – What Authors Get Wrong About Weapons of Mass Destruction

Have you ever wondered whether your character would survive holding highly enriched uranium metal in their hand?

What about if they’d handled that green goo from the barrel marked with a radiation symbol? 

That’s the kind of knowledge that you’ll get from listening to this hilarious episode of the SPA Girls Podcast. We talk to Natasha Bajema, an expert in national security issues, especially weapons of mass destruction (WMD), nuclear proliferation and emerging technologies.

She’s worked at cool places like the Pentagon and the National Defence University during her career (and yes, you can find out what she says to security every time they insist on searching her at the Pentagon). 

Using examples from television shows like Madam Secretary, House of Cards and Jack Ryan, Natasha talks about how WMD like radiation, biological weapons, and chemical bombs really work, and how authors can avoid making terrible WMD faux pas… 

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