Ellen Kirschman

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I've been a police and public safety psychologist for thirty-plus years, before I had any gray hair. My work with first responders has taken me to four countries and twenty-two states.

I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know was my first book and, to date, it has sold more than 100,000 copies. I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know came next, followed by Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know with two psychology colleagues, both of whom are retired cops.

I also write a mystery series. My protagonist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, is a fifty-something year old psychologist who should be counseling cops, not solving crimes. Too dedicated for her own good, she won't give up until justice is served, even when it jeopardizes h
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Ellen Kirschman Actually, I have the opposite problem. I can't turn it off, ideas, storylines, interesting characters are constantly knocking on the inside of my head…moreActually, I have the opposite problem. I can't turn it off, ideas, storylines, interesting characters are constantly knocking on the inside of my head, disrupting my sleep, and compromising my ability to listen well to others. Ask my husband.

On those few occasions when I feel stuck, I get up from the computer, take a shower, take a walk, take a nap, do the dishes, anything but hammer away at the stuck place. Turning my attention to something else allows my mind to percolate and solve the problem. (less)
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Is Fear Your Friend, Foe, or Both?

Some fears keep us safe. Others cause distress. Can you tell the difference?

Famous author Stephen King is the author of 81 books, including an excellent craft book titled On Writing. It’s a book I’ve read several times since I switched from writing non-fiction to writing mysteries featuring police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. On page 169, King suggests that good stories start with the question,

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: The Irish author Tana French has got to be one of the best contemporary mystery writers. Her use of setting is extraordinary. The story centers on an American cop who retires to rural Ireland hoping for a peaceful life. He doesn’t get it. I loved e ...more
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This debut novel by an American writer was a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Set in the Kamchatka Peninsula of northeastern Russia, the story settles on the disappearance of two young ...more
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Booker Prize winner John Banville aka Benjamin Black, takes the reader into the wintery Irish countryside as his protagonist, Detective Inspector St. John investigates the gruesome murder of a priest. A good read, although I found the ending a little ...more
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Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
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I am a fan of Jon Krakauer. I’ve read almost every book he’s written. This one tops the list. Carefully researched, the history of the Mormon Church in America is not only fascinating, it is a cautionary tale for the present.
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Innocent Blood by P.D. James
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This 1980 classic by the master really knocked me out. Incredible writing, deeply constructed characters, and a plot twist to end all plot twists. I flagged so many passages with post-it notes—that’s how writers learn from the best—the book looks it’ ...more
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“It takes guts to be married to someone who, in times of crisis, may be more available to strangers than to his or her own family. It takes determination to stay home alone at night, fortitude to go to a party by yourself, persistence to be both mother and father, and spunk to say what you really think. It might even take courage for you to read this book.”
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“The only noise is the engine on the medic van. It runs steadily, the broken heart of a failed enterprise.”
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What you resist persists. Previous traumas that are unresolved or hidden have a significant influence in amplifying current traumatic events and hindering recovery.”
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“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn't my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”
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