A renowned forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs got fame when her very first novel “Déjà Dead” became a New York Times bestseller and won her the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The protagonist of this novel, forensic expert Temperance Brennan, became a highly accepted and respected character among murder mystery fans. This led Dr. Reichs to have authored many other successful Temperance Brennan novels such as Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, and Spider Bones (2010).
Her success story does not end here. Kathy Reichs is a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Dr. Reichs continues to bring her own dramatic work experiences to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. “Flash and Bones” is her 2011 released another forensic thriller which Kathy Reich talks on in an interview with us. Here are the excerpts of her interview.
First of all, congratulations to you for being in the list of NY Times bestselling authors and winning the 1997 Ellis Award for the Best First Novel.
Thank you. It was a tremendous honor of which I am very proud.
Give us a brief outline of your murder mystery Flash and Bones.
At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt just as Race Week is set to begin. Then a NASCAR crew member tells Tempe a shocking story: twelve years earlier, a female high school senior and aspiring racer disappeared along with her boyfriend, a former right wing extremist. The FBI barely investigated. Was there a cover-up? Tempe soon discovers a strange, deadly substance inside the barrel just as an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing. Coincidence? What other secrets are buried in the high stakes world of NASCAR?
Please describe the character of the forensic expert Temperance Brennan. What made you to come up with this character and how did you create it?
Tempe Brennan is largely based on my own personal experiences. Professionally we’re exactly the same, but personally we’re very different. Tempe has only one child, while I have three. Tempe is divorced, while I’ve been married for over forty years. Tempe is a recovering alcoholic, while I’m inclined to that second glass of pinot. Tempe is much more impulsive than I am, and tends to get her in trouble. I like to play it safe and leave the adventuring to her.
Flash and Bones begins with the backdrop of NASCAR. What drew you towards this? Is that reflecting your being a racing fan?
I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over three decades, and this city is the epicenter of the NASCAR world. We have Speed Week, the NASCAR All Star Race, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and two Sprint Cup races a year. I felt it was past time I incorporated that aspect of Tempe’s hometown into one of my books. And I’ve learned a lot about racing along the way. It’s very exciting, and I was happy to share that energy with my readers, many of whom likely are unfamiliar with the sport.
Your books are being adapted into television FOX series Bones which you’ve written scripts for. How easier or harder it is to write TV scripts in comparison to novels/books writing.
It’s very different. As a novelist I enjoy complete control over the work from start to finish. As a TV writer, I share the story with a group of talented people and we hammer out a script together. There are more rules with a TV show script, and more levels of approval. It’s also a much shorter work that has to move quickly while still making sense. I can honestly say that I enjoy both formats very much.
Which book from your Temperance Brennan novels is closest to you? Tell us something about that.
I really loved writing Bones to Ashes. In that novel I was able to explore Tempe’s childhood, something I’d always wanted to investigate in more detail. I also enjoyed focusing on Acadians, a quirky Canadian group that I’ve grown to love. That story came out exactly as I’d wanted.
Which writers have been your role models to follow your passion for writing Murder Mysteries?
Leonard Elmore. Scott Turow. Ian Fleming. Agatha Christie.
What message do you have for your readers?
Thank you for sticking with me this long, and hopefully we have many more books to share together in the future!
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