Thanks for having me here, Leah!
Until writing SCENT OF PERSUASION I wouldn’t have imagined the possibility.
In February, Heather Long blogged here about Rigor. If you missed it, you should check it out. She talked about some of the things we learned when attending an All Things Autopsy workshop taught by the Chief Medical Examiner in Dallas. It was a great workshop! Heather and I have both used some of the things we learned in our writing, and in conversation when asked certain questions. We’re odd that way, but if a man asks us if inappropriate rigor is what he thinks it is, what do you expect us to say?
We’ve since been able to stay in contact with another of the Dallas Medical Examiners so we can ask questions when we need for clarifications. We are also lucky enough to have a former cop who worked homicide for a bit as a critique partner. Kym, the critique partner, was amazing at helping me decide how to “murder” one of my victims. And once we chose the method, she gave me the details of how that body would look when found. It’s gruesome stuff that I had so much fun writing.
See, as a writer I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself. As a suspense writer I’m always looking for ways to entertain the reader while staying mostly accurate to the real world. I do take some liberties, but it’s fiction.
To tackle those challenges in my latest book, and I think this would be a tough one for an ME to catch, I use DNA and perfume to kill my victims. The fun part is that the victim is never in physical contact with the “poison” so it’s not absorbed into their skin and there are no traces of it in their body, or there wouldn’t be if they were autopsied. It truly is the perfect murder, unless of course the victim is the step-brother of my actress Kami who knows for a fact his death was not accidental. Or if the intended victim is the childhood friend of an FBI Team Leader who refuses to accept suicide as an answer. I’m really hoping that my methods of murder in SCENT OF PERSUASION entertain you. It certainly entertained me to work it all out.
So tell me, what makes a suspense/mystery entertaining to you? Is it the plot? The characters? The way they handle the plot?
If you want to know more about Kami and Breck from SCENT OF PERSUASION, come chat with me here, tonight at 8:00 Central time.
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