August 10, 2020 Let’s Laugh About Death #29 - Patrick O’Donnell (Author, retired police sergeant)

Release date: 08/10/20


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Let's Laugh About Death - The dramedy podcast that celebrates life while contemplating the inevitable with host Tim Rooney - of the popular Amazon Prime film series Haunted Saginaw.


Today, my guest is Patrick O'Donnell. Pat is a retired police sergeant who traded in his badge to become a full time author. During our talk, we discuss his rocky relocation, at a young age, from  the Chicago area to rural Wisconsin. He shares a variety of his experiences  on the police force and how humor acts as a coping mechanism. We also discuss his transition from being a cop for 25 years into becoming a writer as his main focus. He has a great piece of advice for anyone wanting to do something besides their day job. He describes it as "digging the well before you are thirsty". 

When asked the question of "what do you think happens when we die?", Pat shares an experience he and his family went through which should have been fatal. He described a feeling of extreme peace. 

To learn more about Pat visit:

This book is a guide for authors who want to add authenticity to their crime novel: Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street  


Here is a link to the post-apocalyptic book we talk about entitled: Mad City


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