Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wayne Farquhar Interview

About Wayne:
Wayne Farquhar is a 28-year veteran working with the San Jose Police Department in California. He has worked through the ranks from officer to lieutenant with detective assignments in Sexual Assaults, Homicide and Internal Affairs. He has also worked undercover assignments in Child Exploitation, Child Pornography and Vice. He spent 10 years as a street cop and hostage negotiator. Wayne has worked on Federal Task Forces with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He has appeared on national television, America’s Most Wanted on a murder investigation. BLOOD OVER BADGE is his first effort in crime-thriller fiction, and he hopes to write more books and speak to larger audiences about his experiences in law enforcement. Wayne lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you would like to formally invite Wayne to speak about BLOOD OVER BADGE or law enforcement to your organization, association, conference or expo, please send an email

1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?

I like to write in the morning. It’s nice to start fresh with few distractions. I write at my kitchen table. And, I like to listen to music when I write. Sometimes it doesn’t work and I have to dive into my home office. I’m able to block out distractions and bury myself in writing. I’m extremely focused and I tend to be oblivious to everything going on around me when I’m in the writing mode. It’s become somewhat of a family joke.

2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?

I start and complete all my writing projects on a computer. Back in the old days when I composed music, it was pencil and notepad. Writing is so much easier with good quality software. This is especially true with screenplays.

3: What do you draw inspiration from?

My inspiration for writing comes in several forms. I enjoy many forms of creativity: writing stories, writing music and cooking. It’s cool to create something that others enjoy. I wrote Blood Over Badge because I liked the story/twist and I really wanted to put the reader on the “inside of the crime scene tape!” Let’s face it; police work is a secretive business. And it needs to be so crimes get solved and the cases have integrity. I have to be mindful when writing because I reveal the “real police world.” At the same time, I don’t want to expose tactics that jeopardize the working street cops and detectives. The challenge is inspirational for me.

4: Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?

I don’t set word count goals. I usually write until I’ve taken the story to the next turning point. My style is to have several parallel stories so I don’t like stopping in the middle of a scene. I stop writing when I feel fatigue. I’m not happy with my writing when I try to force it on the pages.

5: Being a self published author how do you come up with your cover art?

6: What drives you to chose the career of being a writer?

I look at writing differently. I’m still a police lieutenant and I write for enjoyment. I think the vast majority of writers have other careers as well. Writing allows me to share the crazy police life and at the same time, allows me to escape from it. The writing/publishing industry is changing so fast, I don’t believe anyone has a handle on where it’s going. So, I try to not worry about things I can’t control. If people enjoy my writing, I’m way ahead of the game.

7: Do you own an ebook reading devise?

I don’t own an ebook device. Call me old fashioned. I still like the feel of a book in my hands.

8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?

My favorite author is Nelson DeMille. I’d like to meet him some day. For the past year, I’ve been reading screenplays. I mean, tons of screenplays! 

9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?

I think book trailers are cool. I have one in the works and hope to see it very soon. Blood Over Badge will soon be released in E-version as well. Internet, blogs, trailers and social media are changing the world and how we do business. I think the shake-up is great!

10: What are you working on now that you can talk about? 

I’m working on the screenplay for Blood Over Badge. I’m almost finished with it and it was a lot of fun to write. The writing is obviously very different from writing novels, but I truly enjoy the structural challenges and the speed of screenplays. The sequel to Blood Over Badge is about half way finished, but I put it on the shelf to do the screenplay.

About the Book:


The murder of the Mayor of San Francisco’s daughter sets the stage for this intriguing and spellbinding crime thriller. Two police detectives, Jack Paige and Casey Ford are assigned to catch a cold-blooded rapist and killer. In this gritty, realistic tale of homicide, unrelated mysteries of two murderers seem to come together and make little sense. What does a man rotting away behind the stench-enclosed walls of Angola Penitentiary have to do with an evil and cruel rapist and killer now on the run from California to Texas? What is the relationship to the killing of the Mayor’s daughter?

BLOOD OVER BADGE, an intense, taunt and brilliantly told crime thriller, takes readers on a realistic, gritty and real-world tour de force exploring the underbelly of police and detective work. Its author Wayne Farquhar is a veteran police detective with years of experience working for the San Jose Police Department and an experienced speaker and author. Invite Wayne to speak at your next trade show, convention or expo by sending e-mail to

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting interview and your book sounds like a good one, Wayne. Good luck with it.