Alan March

Biography

Alan March's writing has been based upon his career of more than 30 years of police work. His writings cover police history, police procedure, crime and police fiction. You can read some of Alan's work for FREE at his website: acmarch.wix.con/alanmarch.

Alan published the true crime book "No Witnesses - The Story of Robbery and Murder at the Cabinet Supreme Savings and Loan." "No Witnesses,” is the true story of three petty thugs who try to strike it rich by robbing a suburban bank. Instead, they became mass murderers. Written by his mother, veteran journalist, Kate March, with retired police chief Howard Makin, “No Witnesses” tells the story of top-notch police work, a community full of witnesses, the dissolute lives of young men who become mass murderers, and the impact of the crime on the victims’ families. “No Witnesses,” is available in paperback, hard cover, and other eformats. "No Witnesses," is now available through Smashwords. Watch the short video below to see inside the book "No Witnesses."

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The manuscript for a novel, "A Cop's Story," has been shelved while I work on a full length biography of my great-grandfather, Dr. Harry A. March. Known as the "Father of Professional Football," Harry did much more than help start the New York Football Giants and manage the early years of the NFL. He was a journalist who personally knew President William McKinley, a county coroner, and a theatrical impresario. For several years in the early part of the 20th Century, he owned "March's Musical Merry Makers," which ran several different shows each day. You can read a short biography of Doc March at my website: www.acmarch.wix.com/alanmarch.

I'm currently formatting a photo book titled, "Cincinnati Police Stations - A Brief History." The book will give brief "biographies" of current and past police buildings throughout Cincinnati's history. There will be more than 50 photographs in the book, many of them in color. I hope to release the book before the end of 2016.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've usually got several books going at the same time. Researching a book I'm writing about Dr. Harry A. March, my great-grandfather, I've been reading a lot about the Golden Age of Sports and Sportswriting. I just finished reading, "Farewell to Sport," by Paul Gallico, who left sports writing in 1938 after 14 years. "Farewell to Sport," has some of the best writing I've ever read. His imagery depicting Babe Ruth made me feel as Ruth was right there with me. Gallico went on to write "The Poseiden Adventure," and a number of other successful novels.

My favorite fiction authors are Nelson DeMille, Michael Crichton, and Tom Clancy (though I prefer Clancy's earlier work to his more recent work). And, of course, the grand master of police writing, Joseph Wambaugh. The hero in my short story, "The Scar," (in my anthology Cop Tales) is cut from the same cloth as Wambaugh's Bumper Morgan in "The Blue Knight."

Over the years, I've come to realize the wisdom of my high school English teacher in having me read "A Tale of Two Cities." Charles Dickens' work set the format for the modern novel.

The non-fiction books I read tend to be histories. My favorite book in that category is "The Frontiersmen" by Allen Eckart. My taste runs mostly to US history with a lot of military history. David McCullough is a wonderful historian. His books "John Adams" and "1776" transported me back to Revolutionary America. I've become quite interested in the US Civil War, especially after finding I've got ancestors who fought in that war.

My favorite book is "The Killer Angels," by Michael Shaara. After seeing the movie Gettysburg, I made a point of reading the book upon which it was based. Normally a slow reader, I finished "The Killer Angels," in one week. I was stunned. Though it is fiction (it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975), it is history, too. Shaara read the memoirs of the three main characters, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and used their words as dialogue in the book. As I read the book, I felt as if Shaara had personally interviewed these men and put their thoughts on the pages of his book. It is a masterful work. I've read it many times.
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Where to find Alan March online


Videos

No Witnesses - The Story of Robbery and Murder at the Cabinet Supreme Savings and Loan
Take a look inside the book "No Witnesses," then read "No Witnesses," to learn how three small time crooks became mass murderers. Available on Smashwords and in paperback or hard cover. (see Alan's website acmarch.wix.com/alanmarch for more information.)

Books

Cop Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Read COP TALES Free! Through August 31, 2016 - When checking out, use coupon code NW52S. All I ask in return is an honest review of what you've read. - Alan Cop Tales is four short stories that show you the danger, and the humor, cops share with each other.
No Witnesses - The Story of Robbery and Murder at the Cabinet Supreme Savings and Loan
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 56,890. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
NEWS FLASH! WRITER's DIGEST honors "No Witnesses." See full details at acmarch.wix.com/alanmarch. "No Witnesses," tells how three petty thugs go for the big score and instead become mass murderers. "No Witnesses” makes you witness to the crime, the investigation, the trials, the killer's time behind bars and the impact the crime had on the entire community
Four Corners - Four Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Coming of age
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NEW PRICE! Four Corners has stories with warmth, humor, and surprise. They tell of the human condition in various aspects of life.

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