Q: The medical and forensic issues in Speaking in Bones are detailed in so many areas, not just bones. Will you talk about that?
A: I use a lot of medical details. I work closely with pathologists, so when I have a question, I direct it to the appropriate expert. I don’t want every book to be driven only by bones. I try to bring different kinds of forensic science into each story–whether it’s blood spatter pattern analysis, gunshot wounds, trajectory analysis, toxicology, or DNA analysis. I double check all those facts to make sure I’m getting them right.
Q: So the takeaway is: rely on experts in areas beyond your own expertise.
A: Exactly. Those are the only parts of my manuscript I let anyone read before submitting it to my editor. For instance, I’ll have a forensic odontologist review two paragraphs in the manuscript dealing with bite mark analysis, to make sure I got it right.”