More Forensics and Fiction by DP Lyle, MD…the things I read for FUN!

While I write romantic suspense (which some of them are a little heavier on the romance than the suspense) I have a bit of a morbid curiosity. While Researching for THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS, a novel I’m shopping around to agents and editors, I needed to understand how bodies decade…yep. So I did some research on-line, but also turned to DP Lyle, MD, a fabulous writer I met years ago at Thrillerfest who has some really great books for writers and found out what I needed to know…and more.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-11-40-09-amThen I pulled out one of his books titled MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered. He had me at Morbidly…

I love how the book is set up and in the Table of Contents are all the questions that are answered, so you can quickly read through those and then flip to the one you need answers to. Just a couple of questions that caught my attention are:

Can injected Alcohol kill an already intoxicated person?

Will snake venom injected into fruit cause death? (I need to use that one!)

Can stored blood be used to fake a death?

What cause of death is difficult to determine at autopsy?

Could DNA from spontaneously combusted vampire reveal their age? (Love that one!)

And so many more. Even if you’re not looking for something specific, just reading parts of this books can spark a million different ideas! I highly recommend it!

Read on people….

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#amwriting differently during #JeRoWriMo17 30K Challenge

I’m almost 20k into this challenge and feeling quite good about my progress. When I commit to writing, I can write fast. Very fast. Doesn’t mean it’s good, but I can crank out 30-50k a month, but I write SEMI-BLIND. I don’t mean literally, but while I consider myself more of a plotter than a pantser because the first thing I have before I start writing is the climatic scene. I have something to write. That means, I generally have a good idea of my character’s goals, but not always their motivation. That usually comes as I read.

That said, when I was writing Murder in Paradise Bay, I write to a climactic scene that when I got there I said, “huh, that doesn’t work”. It didn’t work because my bad guy wasn’t the bad guy, it was someone else, which threw me. But once I figured that out (and accepted it) it didn’t take me but a few days to fix the rest of the manuscript because all along my subconscious mind was dropping little seedlings through the manuscript.

I’m currently working on the 6th book of the New York State Trooper Series, tentatively titled: DEADLY SEDUCTION and I have no clear picture of the climatic scene, so that makes me a little nervous. Then again, there is no real mystery in this book, like there was in MURDER IN PARADISE BAY or some of my other work, where the killer should come as a bit of a surprise at the end. The bad guy DEADLY SEDUCTION is clearly defined in the beginning of the book because he’s seeking revenge on my hero. I have my short one sentence summary of the book: What if the woman you’re currently sleeping with was sent by the man who vowed revenge to ruin your career.

I know my heroine is being forced to do things in order to save her brother…or so she thinks. I have a step-outline that takes me through just past the middle of the book. I even have the epilogue perfectly visualized in my head…but not that damn climatic scene.

But I will keep plugging away because I know that scene will reveal itself as I keep pushing forward. So, onward I go…

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