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Book: Forensic Science for Writers by Phill Jones, Ph.D.

Book: Forensic Science for Writers by Phill Jones, Ph.D.

categories: Book, Forensics, Writing Skills, Crime, Mystery, Writing Reference, Physical Evidence, Create Plot Twists, Misconceptions, Forensic Science for Writers

Phill Jones, Ph.D.

about this book: I based the book on my online course, "Forensic Science for Writers," which was offered through colleges and other organizations for seven years. I wrote the course, because I saw a need for basic information about forensic science among writers of mystery and crime fiction. Readers of novels in this genre have become increasingly knowledgeable about forensics and expect forensic science to come into play in a modern story. This development requires writers to appreciate the basics of forensic science.

Like the course, the book is geared to writers, showing how forensics can benefit a plot. Of the more than 800 students who took the course, many were writers. "Thanks for a great course," said one student. "I've already incorporated some of what I've learned in this class into the novel I'm writing." Many other students were interested in a forensic science survey, including schoolteachers, law enforcement personnel, and attorneys.

Moira Allen, editor of and author of books, such as Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, kindly offered her view of the book, Forensic Science for Writers. "If you've been getting your forensic details from television, try this instead!" she said. "It's packed with an amazing amount of detail, and helps the reader sort out not only what can be done, but exactly who does it."

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