About Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes
Starting back around 2005, writers began contacting us with questions about sleuths, PIs, cops, and legal eagles. Fielding those questions led to our teaching online classes to writers and presenting workshops at regional and national writers’ conferences (Left Coast Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, others). Colleen has also written articles about private investigations for magazines, newsletters and online sites such as PI Magazine, Pursuit Magazine, PINow.com, Romance Writers Report, NINK (for Novelists, Inc.), Reflections in a Private Eye, and others.
Teaching courses and writing articles for writers led to our creating this Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes blog in 2009, which we’re pleased to say has been recognized by Ellery Queen magazine as one of the top 3 true-crime blogs, as well as twice being tapped by the American Library Association’s online Booklist site as being a “Web Crush of the Week” during its annual Mystery Month (2011 and 2014).
We’ve also written several nonfiction books about private investigations (How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths. How Do Private Eyes Do That?, and Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye. Our most recent nonfiction book is A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms.
These days, Shaun Kaufman has returned to being a trial attorney, specializing in criminal defense, business litigation and personal injury. Colleen writes novels, her most recent releases being a private-eye romance series for Harlequin, and is also a part-time investigator for Shaun Kaufman Law and other clients.