Introducing Myself

BJ Bourg is a freelance writer from Louisiana. While he loves to read Westerns, he learned early in his writing career that he should write what he knows–and what he knows is law enforcement. He has spent twenty-four years (and counting) on the job and has served in numerous capacities, including as a patrol cop, detective, police academy instructor, SWAT officer, sniper leader, and the chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. He has provided basic and advanced training to countless police cadets, veteran officers, snipers, SWAT operators, and civilians in a wide array of subjects, including firearms, defensive tactics, officer survival, and all areas of police procedures.

BJ draws upon his experiences solving crimes and interacting with victims, suspects, and witnesses in his never-ending quest to create realistic mysteries that feature believable and relatable characters. He has been fortunate enough to have had over 175 of his stories and articles published in dozens of magazines and e-zines, including Mysterical-E, Woman’s World, Boys’ Life, Great Mystery and Suspense, LAW and ORDER, and Tactical Response. In addition to short stories and articles, he has written four novels, which he is shopping to agents and editors, and is currently drafting a fifth. Despite small successes, he is grounded enough to recognize that–other than the benefit of experience–past accomplishes mean nothing…people are only as good as their next endeavor. To that end, he is constantly working hard to hone his craft, as he dreams of being a writer when he grows up.

BJ was the owner and publisher of a quarterly mystery magazine called Mouth Full of Bullets that ran from 2006 through 2008. During its existence, he bought and published over 200 poems and stories from over 120 writers who hailed from seven different countries and twenty-five states within the USA. Five of the stories he published in MFOB were finalists for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Awards.

BJ loves vacationing in the mountains and is especially drawn to hiking, climbing, and traversing wild rivers in anything that will float. However, no adventure is complete without his family, and family time is the highlight of his life. Whether it is a ten-day vacation, a weekend getaway, or a day spent kicking around the house, he is happiest when he is surrounded by his wife and kids.

When not writing or spending time with his family, BJ can be found training in his fully-equipped, Spartan-style home gym. A lifelong student of the fight game, he has been mixing various martial arts and full-contact fighting systems for over thirty years–long before it became cool. He is a former professional boxer and has trained his son as an amateur boxer. While he can’t always do what he did when he was younger and things tend to hurt more than they did when he was a kid, he embraces the pain and can often be heard muttering, “Pain is a good thing–if you can still feel the pain, it means you’re still alive.”

BJ lives in southeast Louisiana with his wife, son, daughter, and step-daughter, as well as their array of critters…three protective German Shepherds, a Bichon Frise that looks like a marshmallow on legs, six egg-laying chickens, and one useless rabbit.

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