Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Interview with Michael Tabman

Today we're talking with an interesting writer with an interesting background. Let's get to know Michael Tabman.

Welcome to We Do Write, Michael. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Born and raised in New York City, I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I was a police officer in Fairfax County, VA for three years serving in patrol, in plain clothes and as hostage negotiator for the SWAT team. I then joined the FBI, serving for 24 years and having been assigned to several field offices throughout the country. I investigated crimes ranging from white collar to bank robberies, organized crime, drugs and money laundering. Rising to the rank of Special Agent in Charge, my travels took me to Israel, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. I am now an author, speaker and consultant.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing immediately after retiring from the FBI five years ago.

I understand you've got three published books. Tell us about them.

My first book, Walking the Corporate Beat: Police School for Business People, based on my 27 years experience, draws parallels between the police world and decisions made in business and everyday life. Using examples such as arrests, raids and undercover operations, the stories - often amusing - show how applying simple thought processes can lead to success or failure.

Midnight Sin is a crime novel inspired by a case I worked as a plain clothes cop. Law and Order Producer Peter Giuliano said, “Michael has reached deep inside and managed to capture his heart and soul as a cop. My heart was pounding. This is a powerful story told by someone who has captured the feelings of all of us, no matter which side of the law you happen to be on.”

My current novel, Bad Intent, was inspired by my years on an FBI-NYPD Drug/Organized Crime Task Force. It is published in short story format- each installment is a short story building into a full novel.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I have two trusted friends who review my writing. I believe in a fresh set of eyes for reviewing work.

Me too. It's incredibly helpful. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for me is remembering that fiction does not have to reflect reality all the time. My work is police procedural intensive, so I tend to try to stick to reality.

Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

I always have the television on for background noise.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

The ability to always know right from wrong and then assure that “right” wins.

I don't think we've ever had that answer before. Cool. Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: turbo engine, cream pie, and baby stroller.

To remain true to my genre:

 I was pursuing a car in a high speed chase, but it was getting away from me because it had a turbo engine; then as I turned the corner, I swerved to avoid a baby stroller, crashed and when I got out of the car, someone hit me in the face with a cream pie.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

My team who helps me write, and with my consulting work, likes to remain in the background. But they know how much I appreciate their help.

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?

My books and everything about me can be found on

Michael, thanks so much for chatting with us. Your books sound great, and I wish you much success with them!

1 comment:

Donald Ross said...

Great to see Michael's face, he is such a great person, besides being a great writer and his history in law enforcement.