Co-Author Bill Howe

Bill_Web_Photo coauthor police academy instructorFor my middle grade and young adult work, I have a co-author named Bill Howe. Our Cuffed series is now out from Quake, an imprint of Echelon Press. For details on that project, please click: Cuffed.

Bill retired from the local police force after a 38 year career, including stints as Officer Friendly and as supervisor of the crime lab. Bill has taught criminal justice at Kellogg Community College for 30 years, where he is a student favorite for his humorous war stories and disturbing photographs. He now works as the investigator for the Prosecutor’s Office. Many odd things have happened to Bill over the years, and he’s a pretty funny guy, so he’s a fantastic writing partner. Bill can be reached atpetrainvest@aol.com.  Bill_investigates_homicide_scene coauthor hunting for clues
Bill and I are also working on a young adult police procedural. The Case of the Bedridden Bather allows the reader to use forensics to solve a man’s murder. The protagonist, a teen intern in the crime lab, has to compare fingerprints, tool marks, and other physical evidence, as well as evaluate the testimony of the various suspects and witnesses. Will he help solve the crime and impress his detective father?

Bill Howe and I have been blogging at howerorhus.blogspot.com. We haven’t been super diligent about it, but it has some interesting information about Cuffed and The Love is Murder Conference that we attended in 2012.

Bill was invited to present a two hour hands-on seminar about fingerprinting from a writer’s point of view at the Love Is Murder Conference in February, 2012, and I helped him prepare. After his lecture, we had a separate room filled with stations where attendees could try some techniques for themselves. Chicago officer and writer, Michael A. Black, helped staff this room. Attendees could print each other on ten print cards, lift prints from bottles, superglue prints off baggies, and do other messy activities. Fun!