The Unexpected Death

This is a continuation of last week’s blog – Postmortem Identification. You’re always welcome to read it but if you don’t have time, I’ll sum up last week’s discussion.  Ran all over the city collecting medical/dental records Interrogated by a dentist and his receptionist Made it to my final destination to collect records at a hospital Security guard tells me […]

She’s lucky I love her

Dear Diary, The other morning, I was making the rounds. Given that I’m the supervisory-cat-of-household-operations, it’s my job to make sure that every thing functions according to my plan. I walked into Momma’s room, like I do every morning, and yelled, “Get out of bad, Fat Ass! The litter box needs to be cleaned. My dish needs to be filled […]

Postmortem Identification

Two years after I began working as a death investigator, I transferred to a different office in another state. While I wasn’t new to the job, my supervisors were keeping a close eye on me.   via GIPHY  As I’ve mentioned before, every office works differently. At my first job, the pathologists conducted scene investigations for infant deaths and homicides. […]

It’s not all about Michigan!

It was in the wee hours of the horrific Facebook crash.   via GIPHY  I sat at my desk, procrastinating tinkering with my novel. Getting it ready to send to a beta reader. I decided to take a break. About a week or two earlier, I wrote a blog post about the differences between a coroner and a medical examiner. […]

Celebrating Beta Readers and Anniversaries

Last Friday I celebrated a HUGE landmark with my writing.   via GIPHY  It was the first time I’ve sent a novel to a beta reader.   via GIPHY  Sending your book off to a beta reader is the first step in editing. And last Friday, I sent my book off. To be edited. By a beta reader. I’m sure […]

The Hospice Plot Twist

This blog post is dedicated to one of many Facebook discussions I’ve participated in. There’s a crime fiction group I’m a member of where writers can post questions about police procedures and investigations so they can write accurate stories. A bunch of people were asking questions about death investigations and morgues which was super exciting for me because that’s right […]

Dear Homeowner’s Association

This blog series is dedicated to everyone who knows more than they ever wanted to about homeowner’s associations and some of the crazy things residents do. A homeowner’s association wasn’t something I heard my parents talking about when I was growing up. As far as I know, my childhood home wasn’t part of an association. But later in life, I […]