Into the Blue is based on Catherine
Pratticos own early experiences in the Victorian Police Force. Catherine joined in 1997 at the age of twenty, she has worked
at Brunswick and Moorabbin Police Stations and fulfilled temporary duties with the Behavioral Analysis Unit and Sexual Offences
and Child Abuse Unit. She is currently a Leading Senior Constable at Moorabbin Police Station, working closely with recently
graduated police officers. "Into The Blue" is her first novel.
According to the book description,
"Natalie Winters is eighteen years old when she quits university and secretly applies to join the police force. She surprises
everyone, including herself, when she's accepted into recruit training.
Graduating from the police academy five months later, Natalie struggles to
cope with the realities of life out on the beat and the inevitable change of lifestyle. An attraction to a co-worker creates
more problems for Natalie, and after the events of a bad week add to her concerns, she questions her future in the police
Into the Blue is a realistic, gritty and sometimes humorous look at modern
police training and work requirements, based on the realities of the Victoria Police force. It is the story of a young woman
adapting to the demands of career, family and friends.”