Saturday, January 9, 2010

Elisabeth Naughton Asks the Question: 'Hot Cops?'

Thanks so much to the Bandits for having me back again. It’s so fun to be here with you all!

Years ago – when I was first writing – I had a critique partner who told me not to write about cops. Her husband had been in law enforcement, and she said (and I quote), “You don’t do it well.” Okay, so I write romantic suspense. How many romantic suspense books can you name that don’t have cops in them? Ever since then, I’ve had an aversion to writing about law enforcement. It’s really a mental block more than anything else, and stems from my fear of writing something “wrong” than anything else. But that comment has stuck with me, and it’s always there, in the back of my head, lurking when I least expect it.

When I wrote Stolen Fury, my debut book, I wrote in a secondary cop. He was the heroine’s twin brother and a real hot-head, hard-ass, overprotective kind of guy. Originally, he was just there to push the story forward, to give the main characters bits and pieces of info they needed along the way. And then…he sprouted wings. I swear he turned into a butterfly right there near the end of the book. I definitely didn’t plan that! And after my editor bought the book, one of her first questions was, “When are you writing Shane’s book?”

I think I froze. And had a moment of, “Holy crap. What did I just get myself into?” In the back of my head I heard that critique partner saying, “Don’t write about cops. You don’t do it well.”

Since Stolen Fury released, the question I got asked more from fans than any other is this one: “When are you writing Shane’s book?” Readers love him, and I’m not entirely sure what it is about him that resonates with people, but they’ve been salivating for him from the start. So I started his book. Planned for it to be the second book in the series, but just couldn’t make it work. I shelved it and wrote Stolen Heat instead, which became the second book in the trilogy. But Shane…that cop…he wouldn’t leave me alone. And readers were still asking, “When are you writing Shane’s book?”

To say I balked at writing Stolen Seduction is not an understatement. BUT…I have to tell you, those readers were right. Shane’s book was worth waiting for. Even I am riveted by him. For me it’s a combo of him being the hardest hero I’ve ever written – his profession and his personality – and the fact he’s the kind of guy I think all women want. He’s overprotective, he’s moody, he’s dark, he’s sexy as hell but he’s so loyal you can’t believe it. And when he loves…it’s deeper than anything you’ve ever experienced.

I still hear that voice in my head telling me I can’t write cops well. But these days I just ignore it. I’m sure you’ve heard that the best way to get over a fear is to just do it. For me that was definitely the case. And now that Stolen Seduction is out and readers are emailing to tell me they think it’s the best book of the three, I’m so glad I didn’t listen to that little voice after all.

I’ve got a copy of Stolen Fury, book one in my Stolen Trilogy, where readers first get to meet Detective Shane Maxwell, to give away to one lucky commenter today. Simply tell me what you think about hot cops. Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Had enough? Or is there always room for one more sexy detective?

And don’t miss my Stolen Seduction Release Contest! Click the widget below to enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Contest runs through 1/15/10.

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limecello said...

can't... resist...

limecello said...

(Ok- seriously Anna - last time. If I get the GR again after this, smack me please. Well, until, say, March.)

Hi Elisabeth! Thanks for visiting with us today! I swear- I'm not stalking you. :P
As for your post - yes! Love hot cops - especially in books! I seem to have bad luck with law enforcement in real life O_o but... hey - that's what fiction is for, right?

As for what your friend said... ugh. Well, obviously she was wrong considering the total love and fan girling for Shane. (It was pretty thoughtless on her part. People. Hmph.)

Mitzi H. said...

I love hot cops....and I hope I never tire of them.

"Your license please"...."I'll show you mine if you show me yours".

Heehee....I'm reading an older book called The Callahan Brothers Trilogy by Joann Ross and all the brothers are involved in law enforcement...and I must say, I'd take any one of them home to meet mom & dad any day of the week!!! Yummy!!!

But then I've always preferred the Bouncer to the Bartender.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Jane said...

Hi Elisabeth,
Congrats on the new release. I'm so glad you ignored that voice. I love hot cops and there's always room for more. I read a lot of romantic suspense and I still haven't had enough of hot cops.

Anna Campbell said...

Elisabeth, welcome back to the lair! Lovely to have you here again.

Oh, man, you sold me on Shane. I'm going to buy this book. That description was TSSSSSS hawt!

And wow, that's some great contest you've got running.

Anna Campbell said...

LIME!!!! I'm beginning to feel we're enabling you. Step away from the chook!

Helen said...

Congrat Limecello he probably will need some cooler weather it is really hot over here

Elisabeth I love reading about Hot Cops and this trilogy sounds fantastic I have added all 3 books to the must have list, I really am going to need a bigger house soon LOL.

Congrats on the release

Have Fun

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Virginia said...

Congrat lime on getting the rooster today! He just can't stay away for you!

Hi Elisabeth, I think we all like hot cops in books! I am not real big on cops when they pull you over! Not fond of them at all then, but they are great in books.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Elisabeth!! Exactly what Virginia said! I love reading about hot cops; I have never enjoyed being pulled over. On the other hand, none of those cops were particularly hot; maybe I would enjoy it more if they more closely resembled their fictional counterparts :D And looking forward to your latest hot one!

Congrats, Limecello! Happy weekend! :)

Emmanuelle said...

Oh Elizabeth... I'm not sure you'll find a lady here who can resist a hot cop !! We are all very grateful you wrote this last Fury book, lol ;-)

I have my own little list of favorite Hot Cops (or any kind of law enforecement profession) : Dylan Taber from True Confession, Jason Dodd from Divorced, Desperate and DAting, Jack Russo from Open Season,Nate Burke from Northern Lights... even Harry Bosch from the michael Connelly's series got me addicted !! (and his a muuuuuuch older man ;-)

Congrats on your new release !! I can't wait to read it. Don't count me in this contest (I already have it).

PinkPeony said...

Hi Elizabeth! Hola Anna!

I thought of the book, "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" when I read your friend's remark. Ouch. I'm glad you didn't listen to her!

Hot cops! What's not to like? What is it about men in uniform? My husband's best friend is a cop in San Francisco. He used to be a model/actor. And yeah, he looks really hot in his uniform. Major hubba hubba! Sigh. :)

Buffie said...

Hey Elisabeth! I have to say I am so glad that you didn't let that voice in your head hold you back.

Personally, I love hot cops! I'm forever watching them on tv (love NCIS!) and thoroughly enjoy reading about them too.

Maureen said...

Congratulations Elisabeth on your new book and working past some fears. I enjoy reading about cop heroes in romantic suspense and I think there's always room for one more.

Minna said...

Of course I love hot cops!

Due South

The Police: Every Breath You Take

PJ said...

Hi Elisabeth! Hot cops? Yes, Ma'am! I love romantic suspense and never tire of hot men in uniform. Cops, firemen, military men....heck, I'll take them all! :)

Shane sounds absolutely delish. Is it okay to read his book first or should I read all three in order?

PJ said...

Mitzi, don't you just love the Callahan brothers? I'm thinking it might be time for a re-read. ;-)

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Elizabeth - Glad you faced that fear. Knowing your personal back story to this book makes me so want to read it! Sounds like your critique partner couldn't separate reality for fiction. Most policemen I know won't watch TV shows based on law enforcement because they say that's not the way it really is. (As I've done the law enforcement civilian academy, I know quite a few policemen).

Looks like a winner! Thanks for visiting us in the lair today.

Barbara Monajem said...

Heh. I'm totally fine with hot cops, and I also agree completely about getting over your fears. Well, some of them. Nobody will ever get me to go sky-diving voluntarily. If I really want to fly, I'll shape-shift into a bat or a crow.

Christie Kelley said...

Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to the lair.

It's funny but I've been thinking about this for the last few days, why does everyone assume the firemen are hot but not cops? I've met more hot cops than hot firemen. I even had to call for the firemen this past week in Baltimore. Let me tell you every one was well over 40 and definitely not hot!

Good luck with your series!

Susan Sey said...

Hi, Elisabeth! What a great story about overcoming your fear to write what you need to! I'm dying to meet this Shane & hear his story!

Hey, by the way, whatever happened to that critique partner who was so clearly wrong?

Terry Odell said...

I have cops in 3 of my books. I like 'em. Maybe it's because I also love reading mysteries. I've met a good number of cops in my research -- and volunteered at the International SWAT Roundup. Nothing wrong with spending three day looking at Lots of Hot Cops!

Deb said...

Hi, Elisabeth. I like men in uniform. One of my fave pics of my husband is the one of him in his Naval dress whites.

I agree with Christie that there seems to be a lot of firemen stories out there, but not a lot about cops, unless it's a story about a sheriff...

Congratulations on your new release.

Julie said...

I have absolutely no problem with hot cops in my books. At all. *___*

Good on you for forging ahead and writing this book--it was such an inspiration to read!

Scott Romanski said...

Well...if it's a hot female cop....i'm all for it. I guess i could read it from a woman's POV and enjoy it as well. :)

suehussein said...

There can NEVER be too many hots cop reads!! Just like those Seals, hard to get bored with them. If the stories repeated, sure I'd be bored. When I read about Alpha males I love them in a series too. I def plan to read your series in the future. I love finding new authors. Thanks, Sue

Amber said...

Hi Elisabeth! Congratulations on the release of "Stolen Seduction". I am so glad you decided to write Shane's book. I love to read about hot cops, and agree that there is always room for one more sexy detective.

Thanks for writing such a great series.

Lois said...

I sure don't mind a hot cop or two -- besides, really, what kind should there be? :)


Virginia C said...

Who in their right mind would not fall for a "hot cop"? A cop can enter your life due to a very unpleasant, traumatic situation. Wouldn't it be a fantasy come true if he was smokin' hot, protective, available and focused on you? Call 911 : )

Theresa N. said...

I can never turn down a hot cop.
Theresa N

Nancy said...

Hi, Elizabeth--Welcome to the lair! Your books sound wonderful. I love cop stories. Yes, I think there's always room for another hot detective--or beat officer.

Clearly the person who said you couldn't write cops well was wrong!

My favorite cops--Robert Urich as Jim Street in SWAT, Samuel L. Jackson in the movie version of SWAT, Stana Katic as Beckett on Castle, many of the guys on Hill Street Blues.

Southland appears promising for future prospects. :-)

Limecello, congrats on the rooster.

Dorthy said...

i LOVE hot cops! and there is definitely room for more!

I can't wait to get my hands on this trilogy!

That critque partner of yours. . . well we could parade SHane around in front of her and say
Nah Nah Nah Nah.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hey all, I just got home from my RWA meeting. Tried to cheat and log on there, but the wireless wasn't working. :( are a crack up. Okay now I wanna know your bad luck with law enforcement.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Mitzi - thanks :) Too cute about the bouncer vs. the bartender. I think...I'm with you there.

Jane - thanks. I'm glad to hear there's always room for more!

Anna - it's great to be back. I always have fun here. And so glad you liked my description of Shane. He is rather yummy (even though I wanted to kill him several times along the way. LOL)

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Helen - thanks, I hope you enjoy the Stolen books! They've been a lot of fun to write. My hubby tells me he gets the credit for making me think like a guy (what can I say, I'm married to an alpha male. LOL).

Pat Cochran said...

I must agree with you about law
enforcement! In films, TV shows,
and yes, books. Favorites: Bruce's
Die Hard films; TV's NCIS, The Mentalist, Numbers, Criminal Minds,
Law & Order SVU; Any book with law
officers on the cover or sharing a
blurb describing said law officers.
I think my interest stems from some
high school friends who became law
officers. (They helped found the
noted Chicano Squad in Houston.)

Pat Cochran

Rebekah E. said...

Congrats on your new release. I think there is always room for more hot cops. Got to love them.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Virginia...I have a hilarious "cop pull over story".

I was coming home from a beach writers retreat a few years ago with a friend of mine. She was driving (shoeless) and chatting with me about the weekend. We're in her little mini cooper on Hwy 101 on the OR coast, and she's not paying attention to the speedometer. She's going like 80 mph down the freeway and I'm holding on to the safety handle the whole time (for dear life, which somehow she doesn't notice). Casually, she pauses mid-sentence, glances in the rear view mirror and starts laughing. Then she says, "check it out, our writing buddies behind us are getting a ticket."

I glance back at the sheriff's truck with lights whirling and say, "They're not getting a ticket, we are!"

My girlfriend was shocked. Started sputtering, "Us?! Why???" and of course, I'm rolling my eyes. So the cop pulls us over (I tell her to put on her shoes) and the guy comes up to the window. He was probably like 22, HOT, total hero material. So he says to her, "Ma'am, do you know why I pulled you over?" And my girlfriend looks at him, and completely straight faced says, "Why no, officer, did I do something wrong?"

He says, "You were going 80 in a 55. See my truck back there? I've been following you for four miles and couldn't catch you. Let me have your license and registration."

Now here's where it gets funny. My girlfriend wigs. TOTALLY wigs. And she says, "Wh..wh...where would I find that?"

When the cop looks at her like she's trying to play him, she starts rambling. "I have five kids and my husband takes care of the cars and I've never gotten a ticket before. See this girl? She's my writing friend. We were at a writing retreat all weekend, we're part of a romance writing group. Do you read romance? Probably not. Anyway, we're just going home and we were chatting and this car is SO fun to drive I didn't even notice the speed..." On and on and on. About this time I'm rubbing my forehead thinking we're both going to be hauled off to jail, when she ends with, "...I don't even know what the car registration looks like or where to find it!"

And you know what that cop did? He started laughing. So hard he could barely even tell her to check the glove box. He took her info, went back to his truck, and came back to give her A WARNING. For 80 in a 55. I swear I've never seen anything like it.

After he let us go, I looked over at my friend and she gave me one of those, "What?" looks. Like she had NO clue what she'd just done. And honestly, I don't think she knew. I still razz her about this whenever I see her. And I can't even imagine what that poor cop thinks of romance writers.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Thanks, Flchen1! It's great to see you here!

Emmanuelle - great list! I loved Nate too. He was a good one.

PinkPeony - oh, now you're making me want to see a picture!

Buffie - Aw, thanks. That's sweet. I love hot TV cops too. Yum.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Maureen - thank you!

Minna - love the links.

PJ - yes, to answer your question, you can read the books out of order. Each one is a stand alone RS. They're connected by characters and an art gallery. The main characters from the first two books show up in book 3, so just know that ahead of time, but you don't need to have read the first two to understand what's going on. Though, of course, it's always fun to read them in order.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Donna, I think that was probably the case. She knew the way her husband did things and how she would write it, and my vision didn't always match hers.

As an aside, my running partner's husband is a detective with the Oregon State Police and has been there for 20+ years. He reads all my books and hasn't once said anything about anything being written "wrong". He also enjoys watching suspense movies and some cop shows. I asked him once if it bugs him to see the liberties Hollywood takes and he said no. He separates reality from fiction and the truth is, if Hollywood portrayed it the way it really is - waiting for toxicology reports or autopsy reports, etc. - shows would be really boring.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Barbara - so funny. You will not EVER see me jump out of a plane either. I have a serious fear of heights.

ROFL, Christie, about the firemen. Have you watched RESCUE ME? Not all of them are hot either. (Though that show is like a train wreck I can't look away from).

Pat Cochran said...

Oh, Nancy, I totally forgot the
guys on Hill Street Blues - we
loved them so much! "Be careful
out there!" Daniel Travanti,Betty
Thomas, Charles Haid, Michael
Warren, Joe Spano, (now on NCIS)
and Michael Conrad. I remember
crying when he died!

Pat Cochran

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Susan - thanks. The CP and I don't crit for each other anymore. She's still writing and has books published for a small press (and doing very well). I do have to say that without her, I wouldn't be the writer I am today. Cop comment aside, she really helped me develop my writing and I will be forever grateful to her for that.

AND I also have to thank her because she introduced me to my current critique partner who I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT. Current CP and I have been critting for each other for just about 5 yrs now and she IS the reason I'm published today.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Terry - oh that's very cool. I'd love to do that! I wasn't able to go to Washington DC last year for RWA, but I was so jealous when I heard about the KOD tours and saw pictures on facebook.

Hi Deb. Oh yeah, guys in uniforms. Rowr...

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Thank you, Julie!

Scott - LMAO! Okay, the heroine in STOLEN SEDUCTION is a hot ex-cop. Does that count?

And how's that for facing my fears? I didn't just write a book about ONE cop...I wrote a book about TWO!

Linda Rader said...

Goes to show how one little comment can have such a big impact. Glad you wrote the book.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Sue - thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the Stolen books!

Amber - thank you!

Lois - LOL. I agree!

VirginiaC - you made me smile. Here, here!

Theresa - :)

Nancy - Ah, Hill Street Blues. And they had cool music, too!

Dorthy. ROFL. You are too funny. I hope you enjoy the books!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hi Pat, great list! I love the Die Hard movies as well.

Rebekah - thank you!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Linda, it's so true, isn't it?

tetewa said...

Yes, I love them and my favorite is Joe Morelli from The Stephanie Plum series!

Di R said...


I am so excited about Stolen Seduction!
Who wouldn't love hot cops? My brother-in-law is an MP in the Army, and he is a true Hero in every sense of the word.


Elisabeth Naughton said...

tetewa - thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Di R - Those who serve our country in the military are definitely true heroes. My running partner used to be MP on a base in Germany. The stories she tells...

Linda Henderson said...

I really enjoy the law enforcement characters in books. And if they are hot, so much better. I've been reading suspense books for quite a while and usually there is a cop or a private investigator in there somewhere. I always enjoy reading about them.

Louisa Cornell said...

Lime, we are seriously considering an intervention when it comes to you and the GR !!

Elisabeth, I LOVE hot cops! What's not to love? He wears a uniform (most of the time) and he has his own handcuffs. What? I'm 50. I'm not DEAD !!

Here is my cop pullover story and I wasn't quite so lucky. I was a high school English and History teacher for five years. After I got out of teaching, many of my students remained my friends and I helped them with their college papers, etc. One of my "kids" blew the doors off his LSAT and as I helped him study, with the help of some of our mutual friends, he wanted to take us all to Biloxi to gamble and celebrate. I am the perfect person to take on a road trip like this as I don't drink. Now at the time I owned a big "muscle car," a Mustang GT 5.0. Big V8 engine with LOTS of horse power. Easy to get away from you. I had already had two tickets for EXCESSIVE speed in this car. We're coming back from Biloxi, late Sunday night and as we're cruising down the highway through Selma, Alabama, I see blue lights behind me. The guys in the back seat are asleep. The kid (aged 22) in the front seat is horrified. So, I pull over. The cop comes up. Six foot six and very good looking cop. And just as he bends down to speak into my open window, one of the guys in the back sits up, sees the lights, sees the cops and says "Damn, Mama H, how fast were you going this time?" I look at the cop who is trying not to crack up. I say "Excuse me a moment." I turn around and slug the guy and then the cop DOES crack up! And he gave me a 200 dollar ticket!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

So sorry to be so late popping by tonight, Elisabeth. I've been being good today and working. :)

I really like hot cop books, although based on my experience it's pure fantasy. I worked as newspaper reporter for several years and the police beat was one of the things I covered. The guys were nice, but hot? Not so much. Sad to say, but I kept wondering how they'd ever catch anyone if it came down to a foot chase.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

I've often heard that the characters that are hardest to write end up being the best ones, the ones readers absolutely adore. Sounds like this is what you've got with Shane.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Buffie, I really need to Netflix NCIS. I've never seen it before. My TiVo is about to blow up as it is. I'm thinking about what I watch, and I guess my hot cop viewing is Agent Booth on Bones. Ah, David Boreanaz.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Elisabeth, that is a hilarious story about your friend. LOL!

I've only been pulled over twice -- once because I had a taillight out and he let me go with a warning. The other time freaked me out. I was driving through Texas between Dallas and Waco when a state trooper pulled me over and asked if I'd just gotten gas at a station some miles back. I was like, "No." He said there had been a drive off of a car like mine. I started babbling, saying, "I filled up before I got to Dallas in...couldn't remember the name of the small town so I reached for the atlas to find it. He said, "Oh, if you have to look up where you filled up, it wasn't you." I was prepared to pull out the credit card receipt.

My one instance with a cute cop was last May when I was in a wreck that totaled my car. It was pouring down rain, had to sit on the side of the road for a couple of hours waiting for the cops (there was a mixup about which department had to respond), then AAA for the wrecker. I had to go to the bathroom SO BAD. I had to break down and ask the cop to take me to a convenience store. So here I am riding in the back of the cop car, he has to let me out so I can go take care of business. Embarrassing, but he was nice. And probably about 22. He called me "ma'am". Wah! I'm only in my 30s (hey, I can say that for five more months).

Pam P said...

Hi Elisabeth, I'm loving your series and can't wait to read the next one; good you didn't listen to that CP. I've always been a fan of TV shows about law enforcement, cops, PIs and lawyers, and also tends to be my theme of choice for mystery thrillers outside of romance. Romantic suspense, even better.
(Not in contest, have it already, good luck everyone.)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Louisa, that's a pretty funny pullover story. :)

donnas said...

Love em. You can never have too many sexy cops, or firefighters, or doctors. Yup never too many.

stacey said...

Love them!A lot!and Detectives and FBI All Of Them.Your books look Great Can't Wait till I Can Get around to Getting them.

Lady_Graeye said...

Hi Elisabeth and Anna! Great interview, Ladies.

I adore both hot cops and detectives! My favorite cops are Seely Booth on Bones, Becket on Castle, The Mentalist, NCIS, Law & Order-SVU, CSI-NY and CSI-Miami.

In books, I love you Stolen Cops, Elisabeth... Hot, Hot, Hot! Robert B. Parker's Jessie Stone, Spenser, and James Patterson's Woman's Murder Club

I love Private Eyes too. Mick on Midnight, Jim Butcher's Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden the WIzard P.I., Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Simon Templar-The Saint, and who doesn't love Monk.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Linda H - most RS books do have some sort of law enforcement in them, don't they? Even if they're not main characters, they're there somewhere.

Louisa - that is a hilarious story. And for that entertainment he never should have given you that ticket!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Trish...rofl about the foot race comment. Oh, now that's just too funny.

As for hard characters to write being the best ones...yeah, you know. I think that's true. At least in my case. They're definitely the ones that stay with me the longest.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oh Trish. Doesn't the ma'am thing just totally make you feel old? It definitely does me. So glad you weren't hurt when you totaled your car. But the story about the cute cop is funny.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Thanks so much for the comment, Pam. I hope you enjoy Stolen Seduction!!!

DonnaS - LOL. So true.

Stacey, thanks for the comment!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Great list, Lady Graeye. Someone else mentioned Bones too. Yeah, Booth is yummy. :)

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Hi Elisabeth,

Congrats on your new release and loving the cover!

I love reading about hot cops especially in a romantic suspense book!

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