Saturday, October 3, 2015

It’s In the Blood by Mark McWaters

 Note to Florida Book News readers: Mark McWaters originally wrote this blog post and it was originally posted on the Florida Writers Association official blog [link to].
After umpteen seasons of watching CSI on TV, I’ve often fantasized that I’m just one more bloody crime scene away from being fitted for my own CSI windbreaker. I know all about arterial spray…blood spatter…the purple-blue glow of Luminol and lifting fingerprints from anything that has a surface.
I like to think I could add a little something to the team. Maybe jump inside the TV and lend the CSI pros a hand. Join in a little brainstorming session with them to solve that week’s impossible-to-crack murder.
Come on, I’m not the only one out there. TV has made crime scene “experts” out of all of us. Right?
Who knew I’d actually get my chance?
Sharon Plotkin is a real, honest-to-God CSI expert and a certified, 20-year CSI veteran with the North Miami Police. She has all the experience and the credentials a bloody-curious writer like me could hope for: membership in the American Academy of Forensic Science, Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and International Association for Identification. She is also a full time faculty member at Miami Dade College and teaches law enforcement throughout the country.
And here’s the best part—she’s coming to the Florida Writers Conference in October to peel back the bloody sheet and let us see how it’s really done. All kinds of stuff, too. Crime scene reconstruction, blood spatter analysis, and shooting reconstruction, of course. She’ll also walk us through arson investigations, crime photography, and fingerprints.
I’ve killed tons of people on the page. And I’ve splattered my share of blood. Now I get to see what I’ve been doing right—and wrong—all these years!
Sharon’s workshop is an all-day affair and happens Friday, October 16. If committing/solving crimes is in your work and in your blood, mark that Friday on your calendar with a big, bloody “X.”
[Note: There’s a materials charge for this seminar, which underwrites the huge and super-cool book you’ll get, which is chock full of CSI secrets.]

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