Remembering Keynsham officer as author releases Girl Cop sequel

Published on: 07 Nov 2014

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An Avon and Somerset police officer is releasing her second novel featuring her heroine “Girl Cop”, sales of which will raise money for charity in memory of a Keynsham colleague.

Sandy Osborne, a detective constable and mum-of-two, is preparing for the launch of Girl Cop in Trouble two years after the successful publication of the first instalment and says she has a busy schedule ahead.

“I have had an amazing two years since the release of Girl Cop: The Life and Loves of an Officer on the Beat,” she said. “Sales have continued to go well and I now have a diary of speaker events where I tell the story of how I managed to get published. I’ve also spoken at both the recent Bristol and Bath Literature Festivals and have been invited back to the Bath Festival next year.”

The Girl Cop books are set in Bath and, while they are fictional, Sandy draws on her own memories of starting out as a female officer.

She also pays tribute to former colleague Sergeant Andrew Cuff, who worked in Keynsham from 2006 before losing his battle with cancer in 2011. Sandy has given Girl Cop’s love interest in the novels his collar number.

She is supporting St Peter’s Hospice and The Police Dependants’ Trust through sales of the books in Andy’s memory.

She teamed up with Bristol-based publishing company SilverWood Books to self-publish her novels, a process she says has allowed her much closer contact with  readers, who have given a lot of positive feedback – and asked when the sequel will be available.

Sandy says: “I have had to be far more disciplined in writing this second book. The time constraints of marketing the first book while writing the second, along with doing my day job and coping with family life has been a challenge.

“Having said that, I learned so much about the writing and publishing process last time that those particular aspects have been easier and the story was easy and really enjoyable to create. I am going to take a break before starting the final part of the Girl Cop trilogy, Girl Cop Goes Detective, following my own career, and enjoy marketing the first two.”

Girl Cop in Trouble will be launched on Wednesday, January 14,  from 6-8pm at Waterstones, Milsom Street, Bath. All welcome for a glass of wine and entertainment. The book will be available from bookshops and online retailers in paperback (£9.99) and ebook (£3.59).

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