Author Archives: Bruce Robert Coffin

About Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director's Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. He is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins. His short stories appear in a number of anthologies including The Best American Mystery Stories 2016. Bruce lives and writes in Maine.

Where’s Waldo?

Bruce Robert Coffin here, wishing you all a happy July. One of the most interesting things about being a novelist are the invites we receive from various libraries. Just last week I was in Southport, Maine for the first time … Continue reading

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Keys to Good Writing

Bruce Robert Coffin here, fresh off a very successful Maine Crime Wave where writing was the subject of the day. Aspiring authors often ask, how do we do it? How do novelists capture the essence of being on the pages … Continue reading

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Malice 30/Penny Plan

Bruce Robert Coffin just back from the Malice Domestic Mystery Writers Conference. Malice is held each year in Maryland during the month of April. This year’s conference was the 30th, and although it was only the second I have attended … Continue reading

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Never Give Up

During the past two weeks I have had the privilege of addressing students and teachers at a local college and at a private high school. The field of study for students in attendance ranged from English and writing to law … Continue reading

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Another Look Back

Bruce Robert Coffin here waxing nostalgic. I was seated at my writing desk this past weekend trying to decide what I wanted to blog about this month on Maine Crime Writers when Facebook shared a memory with me. After reading … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Family

On September 21, 2012 I worked my last official day as a Portland police officer. Tradition dictates a PD luncheon/sendoff where plaques are presented, speeches are made, and good wishes are bestowed. It is an emotional time for both the … Continue reading

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Plotter or Pantser

I’m often asked by other writers whether I am a plotter or a pantser. For those of you unfamiliar with this jargon, plotting is exactly what it sounds like, the act of plotting out a novel or story before writing … Continue reading

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