Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | February 15, 2011

Interview with Suzie Ivy – Author of “Bad Luck Cadet”

I’m delighted to introduce you to Suzie Ivy a working police detective who has written a serial on her blog called, Bad Luck Cadet, detailing her experiences after she decided, in mid-life, to become a police officer. Her experiences at the Police Academy range from hilarious to sad.  She is ultimately a testament to grit and determination. I’ll let her tell the story.

T. Hello,  Suzie, please give us a bit of biography to start.

S. I’m a Sex Crimes and Homicide Detective and I needed to do something to keep my sense of humor, thus I write.

T. When did you start writing?

S. I wrote my first short story when I was 12 years old. I had a fascination with Edgar Allan Poe. Mine was not as good as his.

T. Was there a favorite writing teacher or mentor? Tell us about him/her.

S. Vijaya Schartz and Linda Anselmi have been friends for many years. They are my mentors and also great writers. Vijaya teaches a writer’s workshop several times a year (well worth the money) and Linda edits my work and makes sure the average person can understand what my police brain is trying to convey.

T. Please tell us about your current book; genre and blurb.

S. Bad Luck Cadet is going from Blog to Book. It is my mid-life story of going to the police academy in my 40’s. It’s filled with humor but also shows the pain and determination involved in becoming a police officer regardless of your age. I was also the first woman hired as a Police Officer in the small town where I work and live.

T. Do you have a sequel or prequel in mind or in progress?

S. Yes, the next installment, Bad Luck Officer, chronicles my first 2 years as an officer before officially becoming a Detective.

T. What are your writing habits? Are you an outliner or do you write “by the seat of your pants?

S. I just write and I work on several different projects at a time. When I’m bored or stumped on one I work on another. Definitely, the seat of my pants.

T. What are your ideas about the future of digital publishing?

S. What an incredible opportunity for writers. Digital publishing opens a whole new world and is changing the market daily. I own a Kindle and love it. I also owned the Rocket E-Book back in its day. Digital has come a long way and the quality of work by non-traditionally published authors is incredible.

T. Anything else to share?

S. I read everything including paranormal. I’m working on a Vampire novel and hoping to finish it this summer along with the Bad Luck Series. I’ve also written a true crime novel as yet unpublished.

T. Thank you. We’ll be looking for Bad Luck Cadet when it is available as a book.


  1. Great to hear! I’ve been a big fan of Suzy’s Bad Luck Cadet blog series and I know it will be a great book.

  2. I can’t wait for all the books!

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