This is my first Lady Killers blog and the topic is politics. I mean, couldn't I have started with something simpler like sharing my favorite recipes (I don't have any) or what my writing schedule is like (I don't have one)? I was so pleased to be invited to join this luminary group I never asked about the topics. So here goes.
You may recall from Ann's lovely introduction of me on 8/7 that I am a working police psychologist who writes both non-fiction and mysteries. It's absolutely impossible to work in law enforcement and not get involved in politics. Unless you've been visiting another planet for the last few years, you are aware that our country is undergoing a wave of social unrest, much of which, excuse the expression, takes aim at law enforcement. I took on one of the most volatile topics in my second mystery, The Right Wrong Thing.
It's the story of a white woman police officer who kills an unarmed, black, pregnant teenager and tries to apologize to the girl's family. I had two goals. I wanted to write a good story and show my readers what they weren't seeing in the news. How the suffering generated by such a tragic event is felt, not only by the dead girl's family, but also the officer, her family, and her therapist.
These are troubled, fear-filled times for police officers and their families. I'm under contract to write another edition of my first book, I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know. This second edition will contain new chapters written to help police families cope with the current volatile, political atmosphere. It's no easy task to keep the book from becoming a bully pulpit for my personal point of view. That would be inappropriate. My job as a psychologist and an author is to serve the needs of my readers. (Click on the link below to read an open letter to police families).
I feel the same way about social media. It's a great vehicle for exchanging information and staying in touch. But it has become a bully pulpit for polarizing, often uninformed, ideas. I'd rather see pictures of your cat playing in a box than read a diatribe about why anyone who doesn't think the way you do should commit friendicide (I just made that word up.) In fact, the FB noise got so upsetting, I had to take a break. I love my friends and my family, but I don't always love their opinions or even need to know who they're voting for.
So Lady Killers, I'm going to wheedle out of the topic about jumping in or staying away from politics and say it depends on the situation. Can I have an easier subject next time?