Brooke Santina


My first novel, Dishrags to Dirtbags, is hitting the shelves and I couldn't be more excited! I'm a wife, mother and deputy sheriff by day, fiction writer by night (and on the weekends, holidays and every other spare moment).

All my life, I've wished that there was something special I could offer the world, something marketable, but nothing about me was unique. Then I went to the police academy and got a job working in a jail, and I found people were fascinated by stories of even my most mundane experiences. This gave me an idea. My novel is my offering, truly a book nobody else could write, based on my knowledge of the police world and desire to empower others to take a chance. I hope you enjoy it.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I knew from the time I stepped foot in the police academy, I had a story to tell. It wasn't until I'd been in law enforcement 9 years that I sat down to write some of the stories running through my head. I write fiction, but it is peppered with tidbits of reality. For example, I may write about a discussion I had with a hooker, then use pieces of the conversation or just the feel of it in my writing.
What's the story behind Dishrags to Dirtbags?
I was a stay-at-home mom for eleven years, then I became a deputy sheriff. It was a huge struggle to begin a career at 38 years old, especially one that primarily hires 20 something males. I was closer to their mother's age than theirs and nobody wants their mother in the academy with them... or worse on the force! I wanted to share with readers, the feelings associated with such a decision and yet keep it fictional. The family is a complete figment of my imagination, I'm not much like the heroine either, but the things she encounters in the academy and later in the jail, those are very similar to my reality.
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Dishrags to Dirtbags
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,250. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Beth Dolinsky’s husband gambles all their money away, this 40-year-old, church-going wife and mother makes a radical decision: She’ll become a deputy sheriff. Now, Recruit Dolinsky must prove that she can fire a gun, perform bodily searches, and control seventy inmates by yelling the f-word. In this story of self-discovery, Beth realizes that she can handle anything that comes her way.

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