Creating a Cop Hero by TJ Nichols

Creating a Cop Hero


Making Jordan a cop seemed like a really good idea when I plotted out the Mytho series, lots of conflict, lots of crime…lots of research.

I know a tiny bit about Australian cops (I am Australian) and I knew even less about cops in the US (yeah I decided to set the series in San Francisco just to make it harder for me, and because it was one of my favorite places when I visited the US a few years ago).

Things I discovered along the way: the SFPD has a great website. Detectives are called Inspectors (and my editor rang them to confirm). The Writer’s Detective podcast has lots of interesting info on police work in California.

And then I cut myself some slack because who really knew how the cops would deal with an influx of Mytho refugees, so any errors are world building (this is why I write urban fantasy not contemporary police procedurals, sticking to the facts is hard work).

When Jordan first appeared as the other hero of the series, he brought with him his pet cat, a rescue called Sinner, and a love of lingerie. I researched that too, for plausibility 🙂

One of the key things I had to work out was how old Jordan was when the Mytho world collapsed into our world and how that would’ve affected him. Who was he before the collapse? Who was he after? Because he’s the hero he was never going to be part of the anti-myth protests, but dating a mytho? That’s not something that’s done, even if Edra looks human most of the time.

There are rules official and unofficial and Jordan walks a very fine line that could cost him his job if he’s not careful. Love vs duty is one of my favorite things to write.

So while I could’ve given Jordan another career, this way he’s forced to work with Edra, the far too pretty dragon shifter he most definitely shouldn’t be interested in but can’t stop thinking about. There are little moments where Jordan is forced to remember Edra isn’t as human as he looks (and not just when he licks out his hot chocolate cup with his long blue tongue) and times where he doesn’t care. But they are caught in a world that knows the mythos aren’t going back but hasn’t fully accepted them, even they look human.

Continuing to date Edra will be dangerous…Book 2, Greed and other Dangers, will be out toward the end of the year.  


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Mytho: Book One

Police officer Jordan and dragon shifter Edra might have to work together, but they don’t trust each other—even if sparks do fly between them.

If anyone finds out Jordan’s a mytho sympathizer, it could kill his career. No one can know that he frequents the satyr dens and uses the drug Bliss. Another satyr overdose might not get much attention, but two dead humans? That shouldn’t be possible.

And it might not be an accident.

Edra, Mythological Services Liaison, has been covering up mytho crimes to protect the community’s reputation. With a mayoral election looming, the last thing his people need is a scandal.

To get a murderer off the streets, Jordan and Edra will be spending a lot of time together, and it won’t be easy to keep up with their deceptions… or to keep resisting each other.


Author Bio:

TJ Nichols is an avid runner and martial arts enthusiast who first started writing as child. Many years later while working as a civil designer, TJ decided to pick up a pen and start writing again. Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, it’s no surprise that mixing danger and magic comes so easily. Writing urban fantasy allows TJ to bring magic to the every day. TJ enjoys writing novellas and novels and has a series, Studies in Demonology, coming out with DSP Publications.

With two cats acting as supervisors, TJ has gone from designing roads to building worlds and wouldn’t have it any other way. After traveling all over the world and Australia, TJ now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Twitter: @TobyJNichols




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