Throwback Thursday: How Pitching a Novel is Like Being in the Secret Service

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by J.J. Hensley

For seven years, I had the pleasure of being a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During that time, I conducted a variety of criminal investigations involving counterfeiting, check fraud, wire fraud, and even cell phone cloning.

However, much of what I did included the duties that most people associate with the agency–protection. For more than four of my seven years with the USSS, I was based in Washington D.C., which is not only our nation’s capital, but the protection capital of the world.

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