Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 18, Sarah Sundin’s Blog.
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Linda, I love the unique premises of your FBI thrillers—tracing genetic codes of seeds in Seeds of Evidence, and now a psycholinguist in Words of Conviction. Where did these great ideas come from?
Janet Grant, my agent, initially told me about a show she’d seen on plant DNA and criminal investigations. That intrigued me, and I researched the subject with horticulturalists and forensic botanists. Eventually, a story grew! Regarding Words of Conviction, one of my best friends was the FBI’s only forensic psycholinguist until she retired. Her ability to detect deception and analyze language fascinated me. It still does! She is a tremendous resource.
Tell us a bit about your research with the FBI Academy.
My husband worked at the Academy making training videos for over 27 years. (My kids and I acted in some of them!) When I got my first idea for an FBI thriller, Larry took me over to the Academy and began introducing me to people. (That was before 9/11, when access was easier.) The agents were so kind—they shared their expertise (nothing secret!), allowed me to observe training classes, and taught me everything from probable cause to prosecutions. I was so impressed with them! From the beginning, I have tried to make the law enforcement techniques in my novels as authentic as possible to honor their work.
I saw on your blog that you had a personal tour of the Library of Congress! What were your favorite things?
That tour was serendipity that came as a result of a contact with two readers at a book signing! Three things really impressed me: One, the high level of education and training of copyright examiners (which these two ladies are). Both have advanced degrees and spent a year learning to discern the validity of copyright applications. Second, the art in the main Library building is simply stunning. Murals, sculptures, marble figures, tile inlays—the beauty of the building reflects a high level of appreciation for words and learning and creativity. Third, God is at work even in those exalted halls: After meeting me at a book signing, one of the ladies felt God nudging her through a theme in “Seeds of Evidence.” The next week, on the last workday, the very last book copyright she was given to review was … “Seeds of Evidence.” The chances of that are infinitesimally small, unless of course you have a God who is involved in the tiniest details of your life!
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