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Welcome to Florida

Why I Love Florida, Reason #1

There’s a reason a lot of my books take place in Florida. Lots of reasons, actually. But one reason? The weather. The stars of my books are smart women. Why wouldn’t they live in Florida??! 😉 Willa Carson loves the weather in Tampa. She drives a convertible named Greta, and she can’t understand why anyone […]

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Investigation

Missing Children: What Are The Possibilities??

When you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. —Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is one helluva detective, so I give a healthy dose of respect to his philosophies. I’m guessing you do, too. In many ways, Jess Kimball channels Sherlock in her desperate hunt for her kidnapped son. Peter was kidnapped […]

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New Orleans Cemetery

What Happens In The Crypts Of New Orleans?

You never know what you’re going to learn when you start reading a book. It’s true, isn’t it? The same is true for writing a book. In my new release in my Jess Kimball thriller series, Fatal Demand, investigative journalist Jess Kimball goes to New Orleans. This time, my New Orleans research took me to a […]

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Fingerprints

The Fingerprint Beneath Your Fingerprint

Fingerprints are far from foolproof. When it comes to evidence, when it comes to self-locking and unlocking devices, when it comes to having prints taken for official purposes… and everything else fingerprints are used for in this day and age, a dirty or fake fingerprint can throw off the whole process. But there’s a kind […]

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Crime

What We Know About the Witness Protection Program

I was telling you this week about victims’ rights, and one of their rights stood out to me as especially compelling — the right to witness protection, if it’s deemed necessary. The witness protection program is shrouded in secrecy. So it got me wondering: what do we actually know about it? We know something similar […]

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DNA Fact

5 Recent, Weird, and TRUE Pieces of DNA News

As a crime writer, I love DNA to the moon and back. Seriously— DNA is so valuable for clues and evidence in the books I write, I don’t know what I’d do without it. Well, no one would exist without it. But you know what I mean. DNA is frequently the subject of mind-bending news […]

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Benefits of Running For An Investigative Journalist

Are you a runner? I’m an occasional runner, but Jess Kimball is devoted to the sport. She’s the star of my thrillers Fatal Enemy and Fatal Distraction. She’s also an investigative journalist for Taboo Magazine, and a victim’s rights advocate because of a personal tragedy that shoved her in that direction. Running isn’t just a […]

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FIFA

Two International Corruption Scandals

If you’ve finished the False Truth Mystery Serial, you know the recent FIFA scandals are and example of “life imitates art.” Have you heard the latest FIFA news? The former vice president of FIFA is now banned from soccer for life. Jack Warner was a leader of soccer’s world governing body until 2011. Since then, […]

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Tiny House Hunters

The Longer the Book, The Better the Story?

The longer the book, the better the story, right? Not always. All books must have a final page somewhere. (That’s why I’m a fan of the series! There’s always the promise of another book coming soon.) But for those times when shorter is better, here’s what master fiction writer Stephen King says about short stories: “There’s almost […]

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Gamekeeper

The Best Drive Through North Carolina

In my new Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, Jack and Joe, FBI Special Agent Kim Otto goes to North Carolina. Why? Because Jack Reacher spent some time there in 1989 & 1990 in Lee Child’s The Enemy. And Agent Otto, along with her partner Agent Carlos Gaspar, are building Reacher’s file for a top secret assignment. […]

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