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Between the Lines is my weekly radio show about books and writers with a Michigan connection. It airs every Tuesday at 7:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., and 4:20 p.m. (or listen anytime online), on WMUK 102.1 FM, Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate. I am the host of Between the Lines.
This week's guest: Joseph Heywood.
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Few authors are as prolific as Joseph Heywood, who will soon have 20 books on the shelf with his name on the spine. The tenth volume of his popular "Woods Cop" mystery series is coming soon, but his newest work, a collection of short stories called Harder Ground, was published by Lyons Press in March 2015.
Heywood takes the writer’s mantra of “write what you know” to heart. He's is a Portage, Michigan, resident, but six months of each year he heads north to spend time in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula riding along with conservation officers, seeking adventure. His "Woods Cop" series is based on these experiences. The main character of the series is a male officer named Grady Service, but his new story has only female protagonists, all game wardens, in each story. Poachers, drug smugglers, and violent criminals inhabit most of these mini-adventures; others showcase Heywood’s tongue-in- cheek sense of humor; and still others, a heart-tugging look at the truth behind what some call "monsters."
“It takes a special woman, a special person, to be a cop, but even more so for ...
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