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Grant Patterson

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Freelance Writer and Author at Self-Employed

About Me

I'm a retired law enforcement officer with feet in two countries: Brazil and Canada. I write novels, and I've self-published a couple, but now I'm focused on a longer-term plan to gain an audience. In September 2018, two of my books were shortlisted for the 2018 Wattys Awards on www.wattpad.com. I'm an active blogger on my own site, www.grantpattersonauthor.com, and I've become as interested in short essays as I am in long novels. 

I really want to apply my talents and experience in the fields of law/security, travel, food and wine, history, and current affairs. But I'm also great at research, and writing off the cuff! Making a living as a writer is my dream.

Industries I Write About

Food & Beverages

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Law Enforcement

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Leisure & Travel

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Professional Training

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Public Safety

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Airlines/Aviation

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Security & Investigations

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Military

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Defense & Space

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Writing & Editing

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My Writing Samples

Bad News in Paradise

A meditation on how not everything is as perfect as it seems, whether in a place, or a person.

http://wp.me/s96gZL-293

Adventures in Flight

A look at life from economy class on Boeing's newest jet.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

Launch on Warning: A New Novella

A sample of my fiction. An alternative history centred on two USAF missile crewmen who must launch their deadly weapons when a NATO exercise in 1983 provokes a Soviet response. Shortlisted for the 2018 Wattys Awards.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

Cowards or Scapegoats?

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, a discussion about whether we're training and equipping the police to do what we expect of them.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

Are You a Grown-Up?

A meditation on what really makes us adults.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

Learning to Love Sampa

A sample of my travel writing, focusing on the difficult and rambunctious city of Sao Paulo.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

Are We Alone? Short Answer: Yes, Long Answer: No.

A think piece inspired by late-night thoughts on extraterrestrial intelligence.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-4e

A Question of Value

The writer discovers the dangerous knowledge that expensive wine really is better.

http://wp.me/p96gZL-5C

Dancing In The Dark With Gun Smugglers

The author's experiences as a border officer have left him deeply sceptical of solutions to gun running, unless they involve actionable, real-time intelligence sharing.

http://magazine.blueline.ca/publication/?i=570909&ver=html5&p=30

Experience

Freelance Writer and Author

Company: Self-Employed

I worked there from 4/2017 until now

Border Services Officer

Federal Law Enforcement at the Canada/US Border.

Company: Canada Border Services Agency

I worked there from 2/2000 until 4/2017

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

I'd like to write a series of articles for your blog from the perspective of an end-user. Four initial ideas: 1. "Not Another Database": Why simply adding programs without integrating them can exacerbate workload. 2. "GIGO": The need for proper training and oversight in data input, and the potentially deadly cost of failure. 3. "The Cautionary Tale of Phoenix": How the disastrous Phoenix pay system in Canada should be a warning to agencies. 4. "Feed Us": Why starving cops of info is a bad idea.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: public safety,law enforcement,data,databases,information technology

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

A frequent traveller meditates on the importance of recharging one's batteries on a long layover. A discussion of helpful amenities, such as a same-day health club membership at the Airport Hilton, and why airport pod hotels should be the next big thing.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: rest,travel,hotel,cities,pod

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

Two blog posts on the culture of drinking: 1. A Question of Value: An existing post on my blog (available as a sample) about how wine drinkers step up the price ladder. A little salty language could be cleaned up if required. 2. Why Isn't Everybody Drinking Cider?: A cider-lover's take on the gradual expansion of cider culture, and why cider still has new lands to conquer.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: wine,cider,marketing

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

I propose to write a piece on the hidden charms of Brazil's biggest and hardest-to-love city, from the perspective of a frequent traveler and sometime expat.

Content type: Blog Post

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

As a former law enforcement officer, I'll blog about why risk and reputation go hand-in-hand in modern policing. Being camera-shy and secretive is a habit of LE managers, particularly in these times of controversy surrounding policing. But it's only the bosses who get out in front of controversy who are serving their agencies well.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: reputation,risk,public relations,media strategy,policing

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

Just as Santa is probably getting a bit tired of nothing but cookies and milk, so too are the people on your gift list getting weary of the same old waxy chocolates and sticky sweets. Why European Deli's wide range of exotic treats and excursions into the savoury are the antidote to "Not Again" this Christmas.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: food,beverage,gifts,Christmas,deli

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

A blog post based on personal experience with book translation. When holding a client's hard work in your hands, trust, once lost, cannot be regained.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: translation,books,language,trust,clients

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The Price of Success: Losing Officers In Active Shooter Incidents

The recent death of Ventura County Sheriffs Sergeant Ron Helus is a departure point for a discussion on how even a correct Active Shooter response may come at a cost. Accepting such losses is part of the bedrock values of law enforcement, a profession which must balance precariously between reflecting the society it serves and correctly representing older, bedrock values on which it is based. Implications for recruiting and training are discussed.

Content type: Article

Keywords: police,active shooter,law enforcement,police training,police recruiting,line of duty death

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Where Are The Pods?

An experienced long-distance air traveller weighs in on the current state of pod hotels in North American airports, and wonders why more companies aren't exploring this niche. And what's in it for the airports?

Content type: Article

Keywords: airports,travel,air travel,hotels,pods,pod hotels,amenities

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JUST CHECKING: BEFORE MY PITCH EXPIRES, DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT?

A series of blog posts from a veteran LEO's perspective, examining technology and law enforcement today: 1. The Empowered Dispatcher: Why the person with the headset might be the most important person in your agency when it counts. 2. The Active Shooter Isn't Going Away: We've known for decades that it's a problem. So why are so many agencies still unprepared? 3. Let's Go Live: Why live streaming bodycams in a crisis are the logical next step.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: police,public safety,technology,dispatch,911,information technology

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Building a Wine Cellar From Scratch

An article incorporating guidance from sommeliers and wine merchants on how to outfit your luxury home with a presentable wine cellar, preserving your collection in optimal condition, and what sort of balance you should seek to achieve in your collection.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: wine,cellar,wine collection,sommeliers,luxury

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You've Built That Dream Cellar-Now It's Time to Stock It

After you've built that dream wine cellar, what do you put in there? Do you collect for value, pleasure, or both? Only the finest, or maybe some cheap and cheerful gems? With input from the experts, here's how to grow a great collection.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: wine,wine collection,wine cellar,vintages

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Let's Talk About That Clubhouse

I really enjoyed doing those last couple of assignments for your group, and it got me very interested in your clubhouse. I was hoping to be able write a couple of blog posts, perhaps one on the clubhouse generally, and the other on special events there. Another article on the wine cellar in particular would be fun, too. Let me know if this could work for you in future!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: bella collina,clubhouse,tuscan style,special events,luxury,wine,wine cellar

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Gamifying The Retail Relationship

Gamification, the art of turning tasks into fun through adopting elements of gaming, is taking hold in retail. This article will look at examples of gamification in the retail environment, to stimulate thought and discussion on how businesses can better engage customers.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: gamification,games,communication,branding,brand,customer experience

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Micro-influencers and Local Business

Local businesses often struggle to stand out in search results, mapping applications, and on social media. Using micro-influencers to generate buzz and traffic is the new genius move.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: influencers,micro-influencers,social media,local business,trending

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Simple, Yet Sophisticated: The Modern Wine and Cheese Party

There was a time that "wine and cheese party" became a cliche. But now, a growing awareness of wine and food pairing makes it possible to host a hit party without firing up the oven. We'll suggest some great pairings of wines, cheeses, and charcuterie for a memorable night.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: dinner party,entertaining,wine,cheese,charcuterie,wine and food pairing

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The Riesling Revolution

Why Germany's complex white is changing minds and winning hearts around the world. An article dissecting the stereotype of Riesling, and profiling winemakers who are taking the grape in new directions.

Content type: Article

Keywords: wine,germany,riesling,winemakers,wine import,vineyards

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British Columbia's Okanagan Wine Region: Diverse, and Oh So Close

British Columbia, Canada, is home to the Okanagan Valley, four hours east of Vancouver. The unique climate and terroir of this area are producing some of the most exciting wines in North America right now.

Content type: Article

Keywords: wine,wine tours,wineries,vineyards,wine tourism,canada,british columbia,okanagan

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Round pegs, Square Holes: How to Avoid Content Frustration as a Writer

The writer has been slogging it out in the freelance trenches for a while now. Here's some things he's learned about when to challenge yourself as a writer, and when to say "That's not my gig."

Content type: Blog Post

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Connected vs Disconnected Living in Modern Life

I'd like to write some posts on the theme of why people of means should gravitate towards communities like Bella Collina, and here are some themes I'd like to explore with each post: 1. Community built around central hub/shared interests vs anomic commuter suburb/exburb 2. Eco-friendly nature of communities like Bella Collina, where recreation and dining do not require commuting. 3. Security aspects of living in this manner. These immediately leap to mind, each idea meriting 500 word treatment.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: community,lifestyle,connection,disconnected,planned

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Connected vs Disconnected Living: Living Green, Locally

Second in my series highlighting the new Siena condo development; this post will highlight the ecological benefits of living in walkable, planned communities.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: planned community,Bella Collina,Siena,ecological,green,walkable

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Content Available for Purchase

What makes you an adult? A driver's license, or something deeper?

A snarky rumination on the realities of modern air travel.

Is expensive wine worth it? And once you taste it, can you ever go back to plonk?

An enthusiast's guide to unwrapping the nonsense preventing you from enjoying that bottle of wine.

An enthusiast's guide to the nonsense preventing you from enjoying wine.

A meditation on changing jobs and getting the most out of life, with a quirky take on history.