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Digital Subscriptions > Writing Magazine > August 2018 > FROM CHASING CROOKS TO WRITING BOOKS


When police constable Alice Vinten enrolled on a home-study course with The Writers Bureau, she never dreamed she’d end up leaving the Met’ to write full time. She’d always wanted to be a police officer but now in her latest book, Girl on the Line, she tells us what it was really like for a woman on the front-line of London’s constant battle against crime

During her ten years as a London copper, writing helped Alice to process and deal with the challenges of her job. After a while a memoir began to take shape. Over time it became increasingly important to her that she portray the real struggles and experiences of front-line police constables, and how they affected women in particular. With her book she hopes to bridge the gap between the public and the people who protect them on a daily basis.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.