AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: BRIDGETTE BROWN

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello, and thank you for having me on your blog. My name is Bridgette L. Brown and I have been a law enforcement professional for about 20 years. I am currently teaching a high school criminal justice class in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area.

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  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

I find that I write more for a need to disseminate information rather than writing for the joy of it as most authors do.

  1. Do you have a day job as well?

I am currently a high school criminal justice teacher, who enjoys being an active participant in my school community.

  1. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I have always had the desire to share what I have learned throughout my law enforcement career but didn’t necessarily know how to get started. I was introduced to Create Space and shortly afterwards my first book The Justice Academy: What You Should Know was born. As news reports about accidental shootings by children caught my attention I felt I should write a book to help deter children’s curiosity with firearms. My second book Brownie Bear Teaches Gun Safety is a children book that helps parents have the difficult discussion with their children about the dangers of firearms to deter the curiosity. I wasn’t satisfied with my first book so I began again with my attempts to help promote more positive police/citizen interactions. I utilized the information from The Justice Academy What You Should Know to write my third book Rules of Engagement: Mending Police Citizen Interactions. I finished my first book in 2015, the next in 2016 and the third in 2017.

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  1. How did you choose the genre you write in?

The genre I chose was easy because the information I provide is factual. I think it is important for people to understand how the criminal justice system works to make it easier to avoid. My goal has always been to inform citizens of their Constitutional Rights and how those Rights are applied when interacting with police.

  1. Where do you get your ideas?

My writing comes from my experience as a police officer and my experiences both as an officer and a citizen.

  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not writers block but writers time. I have lots of ideas that I think would be a help to the community but I often wonder if the community is really interested in knowing the information I have to offer.

  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I have done both. Brownie Bear Teaches Gun Safety was pretty easy to get on paper; however Rules of Engagement required an outline to keep me on topic.

  1. Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I was never big reader growing up. As a matter of fact, as a child I would ask my sister to do my reading assignments and tell me about the books so I could then write my book reports. When she wouldn’t do it I would read the first couple of pages one or two in the middle and a couple at the end and then summarize. A book that do remember reading as a child from cover to cover was the Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler. I now read a lot of non-fiction books about politics, biographies, police and criminal justice.

  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

My publishing challenges were financial. The cost of publishing deterred me from writing. It was only when I was introduced to self-publishing that I began to put words on paper. I then found the publishing part easy but it was the marketing and actually getting people to read the books that became a challenge.

  1. Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? 

My writing was influenced by real world incidents involving negative police/citizen interactions rather than other authors.  

  1. What impact have they had on your writing?

I found there were an abundant number of police involved shootings that were being lumped together. Each incident should be critiqued on their own set of facts and circumstances. In my book I did not mention any specific incident but my desire is to help decrease negative interactions. I feel the police are provided some training in use of force and de-escalation; however, the public receives none. I believed an educated public would be a better prepared public. My book Rules of Engagement: Mending Police/Citizen Interactions was written to help citizens understand how not to interact with police by providing tips and how to respond if approached by police and what to do if that interaction is less than positive.

  1. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

I think self-publishing has helped a lot of people write great books about a plethora of topics. There are more books that have covers with people who look like me and it is all of our responsibility to help children understand the importance and joy of reading.

  1. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two?  Summarize your writing process.

My writing process began with the statement people need to know this… and it went from there.

  1. What is your role in the writing community?

I am an educator and my role in the community is to educate people about the role of police officers and how to promote more positive interactions.

  1. How does your book relates to your spiritual practice or other life path?

I am unsure why but God has given me the passion for education and the knowledge of law enforcement so I feel obligated to share both.

  1. What is your testimony?

Police officers are people, there are good ones, bad ones and those who make mistakes just as citizens are people, good ones, bad ones and those who make mistakes. We have to know what to do to get rid of the bad ones, appreciate the good ones and teach through the mistakes so we all live another day.

  1. How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?

The environment we live in has exacerbated the us vs them mentality in some police officers and a small segment of civilian society. I would hope that my books can help encourage an understanding and truly be a resource for civilian citizens to help promote more positive police/citizen interactions. I would hate to see my environment without police officers.

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  1. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

My best accomplishment was the completion of my first book. Who would have thought that I would be a writer?

  1. What projects are you working on at the present?

Currently I am not working on any writing.

  1. What do your plans for future projects include?

I would like to make Brownie Bear a series.

 

Media:

Website: Myjusticeacademy.com

Facebook:@MyJusticeacademy

Instagram:Browniebear1913

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