I love to write so the hardest part, aside from editing, is sorting through ideas to ensure that the story is focused.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Peacemaking?
The main character, Scotty Painter, is a cop nearing the end of his career. As a public servant he has experienced the highs of helping people and saving lives and he has also seen and been forced to do things that changed his life forever. When circumstances give him the chance to ask questions that have haunted him about life itself, he finally receives answers.
What inspired you to write this book?
I think everyone who serves others is troubled by the same questions Scotty asks. Faith does not mean you do not have questions. Having faith means you keep going when you don't have the answers. I believe people will identify with Scotty and learn more about what goes on in the minds and hearts of cops. I certainly had the same thoughts when I was on the street.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Physically writing is usually reserved for Saturdays for a few hours. However, my mind is constantly "writing" and I make notes.
Name your top five favorite books.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail-Lee & Lawrence
Night Shift-Steven King
The Old Man and the Sea-Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
What are you working on now?
I am adding short stories to make a collection that I started in 1994. Why a 21 year gap? Well grad school, law school, and practicing law got in the way! I am also working on a book about a cold case murder of a cop. I'm about 55,000 words into it and am very excited! It is a book about an investigation written by an actual investigator!
Author: Lance LoRusso
Genre: Christian fiction
“There are few things more dangerous for a cop than searching a building at night.” He was making his way forward with Pete at his back when he felt it. It was hard to describe, but it stopped him in his tracks, and his fingers and toes went cold.
Scotty Painter is the most respected member of his police department, having worked his way up from a street cop to deputy chief. After losing his wife, Christine, to cancer and giving his daughter away at her wedding, he now lives alone. His life as a cop is not easy, however, as he is haunted by the misery he has seen and the things he had to do to survive. One day, he finds himself sharing his deepest and most troubling thoughts with the only one who can truly understand his struggles and answer his questions. In a world far apart from his days filled with life and death decisions, Scotty comes face to face with his fears, his faith, and his destiny.
Lance LoRusso is a law enforcement officer turned attorney. Having worked as a street cop, trainer, hostage negotiator, public relations officer, and investigator, he regularly trains law enforcement officers from around the United States. As an attorney, he responds to the scene of officer involved shootings and represents officers through interviews with homicide and internal affairs investigators as well as grand jury hearings.
His first book, When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident, explores all aspects of an officer involved shooting. LoRusso, having been interviewed by the likes of CNN, FOX, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and others, has put the book into use in law enforcement academies, advanced training for law enforcement executives, and college courses in criminal justice. All of the profits from When Cops Kill support law enforcement charities like www.huntingforheroes.org. Lance LoRusso practices law in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his wife, Barbara.