Christopher Tipton


Chris served six-years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, one-year as a Marine Reservist, and 14-years in the Air National Guard, retiring with 21-years total service. He served in Vietnam and Desert Storm. As a civilian, Chris was a paramedic, a federal police officer, then a municipal police officer for a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He is retired with 25-years of law enforcement experience. Chris now lives in Florida with his youngest daughter, son, and two short-haired Chihuahuas, while his oldest daughter serves in the U.S. Air Force. Chris holds an MBA and an MA.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. This didn’t influence me as much as where I worked as an adult. I had a rather adventurous working life as a Marine, paramedic, Air National Guardsman, and police officer. My two books are about my working life as my personal life is too boring.
When did you first start writing?
Of course, I was forced to write the usual twaddle in high school that failed to interest me about writing in any fashion. It wasn’t until I was in police work several years later that I took an interest in writing thorough and complete reports using some semblance of proper English grammar and spelling. As a Marine military policeman, spelling did count in the units I served with. Eventually, I branched out into more technical writing, creating policies and procedures, lesson plans, speeches, and even short law enforcement-related magazine articles. Not to mention the writing I did for two master’s degrees.

As I grew older, I began contemplating the thought of writing a book or two for the heck of it, nothing spectacular, just to see if I could do it. Eventually, the bug bit hard and I sat down and knocked off two different books while I still had my wits about me.
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Tales from the Street: Stories of Police Work
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,580. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes, Nonfiction » Law » General law
A collection of stories, funny, stupid, tragic, and poignant; as told by the police officers, paramedics, and lawyers who experienced them first hand.
Stepping In It: Marine Boot Camp For 19-Cents-An-Hour
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,790. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
A young man embarks on an adventurous start to his adult life, experiencing the pain, sweat, and fear of Vietnam-era Marine Corps boot camp.

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Latest book: The Price Of Glory: Battle of Hill 488. Published February 15, 2016.