Bonus Episode: Q & A, Writing FBI Characters

Reader Team Meetup October 2020 – Welcome to a bonus episode of FBI Retired Case File Review. This a recording of my live Zoom meetup with members of my FBI true crime – crime fiction Reader Team. On October 29, I had a blast hanging out with Reader Team members and discussing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies. Also in attendance were several retired and former agents who have been or will soon be guests on FBI Retired Case File Review. With their assistance, I answered lots of questions about FBI policies and procedures for those writing stories with FBI characters. It was a fun time with lively conversations about whether writers have a responsibility to get the FBI right in their stories and what limits to creative compromises, if any, should be made.

If you weren’t able to attend, we missed you. Please enjoy the audio replay.

Later in the week, I’ll list the names of the retired agents who attended the Zoom meetup, their episodes, and the episodes mentioned when we were answering questions.


Don’t forget to join my reader team to receive notification of future Zoom meetups in my monthly Reader Team email.

Many people say they want to write a book, but never do. It’s not easy. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of scary. What if your story isn’t any good? What if you spend all that time writing and what you wrote is awful?

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo? The idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The best thing about the writing event is that if you do it, you’ll have lot’s of support and encouragement.

At the end of month, whatever you have written won’t actually be ready for publication, but those who take on the challenge will have a wonderful start at what could become a novel after initial ideas and characters are further developed, revisions are made, an editor provides sentence construction, and a proofreader helps find those pesky typos. But you’ll be one step closer. You’re on your way.

If you’re writing FBI characters and plots, I’m here to help. In addition to listening to this replay of my most recent Reader Team meetup, you might want to read my post featuring 7 FBI Resources for Writers and Applicants. How’s that for encouragement!

Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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