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When Too Much Money is a Problem

Is there such a thing as too much money? Possibly. Say, for example, when you don’t know who the owner is, hmm? That’s the world Michael Flint dives into in my mystery novel Blood Trails. Michael Flint is an Heir Hunter extraordinaire. Flint tracks down people who are heirs to a fortune. Why do these […]

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Helicopter

What If You Were in a Helicopter When the Engine Fails?

If you want to write a great action scene, you’ve gotta know something about physics, know someone(s) who does, or be able to figure it out through research. For me, it’s a combination of all three when I write action scenes for my thrillers. One of them happens in Blood Trails, my new thriller novel […]

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Happy Mysteries Solved By Saliva

The mystery books I write always involve something nefarious. A crime, a cover-up, or, at the very least, suspicious characters are always elements of the story. But not all mysteries are tragic. A mystery can be a question. Like: Who are my biological parents? That’s where services like ancestry.com come in. Sometimes, those services aren’t […]

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Coffee

Do Your Ancestors Determine How You Drink Coffee?

So I read recently that genes determine how you process coffee. Without even glancing at my family tree, I can tell you that my ancestors must have DEVOURED coffee because I’ve got a serious penchant for it. Besides just plain liking or not liking the taste of it, genes determine how we process coffee/caffeine. For […]

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Who Do You Think You Are

Genealogy Hunters on Television

Have you ever seen that TV show called Who Do You Think You Are? It’s a television reality program that traces the family histories of celebrities. It’s based on a popular show in the UK by the same name. In the show, the celebrities come along for the journey as genealogists help them trace their family […]

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Forensic Genealogy

My Worlds Are Colliding!

As a crime fiction author and lawyer, DNA is involved in a lot of what I’m thinking and writing about all the time. DNA especially took the spotlight in my Thriller Award Finalist novel Jack and Joe, which explores the connections between Jack Reacher and Joe Reacher. Since then, I’ve been blogging occasionally about true […]

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DNA Mystery

Are You An Amateur Heir Hunter?

Do You Use Ancestry.com? The popular genealogy website isn’t paying me to write this article, scout’s honor. So tell me honestly. I’m curious as to whether or not you use ancestry.com, and if so, why? I ask because I’ve gotten sucked into the power of online genealogy tracing while doing research for my new books […]

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