I was born into the forensic life. As the daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in our home, I experienced my first death investigation - an airplane crash - at 8 years old. Since that first case, I went on to gather decades of on-sight death investigation, receive 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy, and study current and historical forensic science.
I now use these experiences to pen crime fiction for film, TV, and novels. My book, Forensic Speak, is used by cops, CSIs, and writers of all levels and hailed as the north star to crime writing.
On most days you'll find me in Hollywood penning TV crime dramas and launching mystery novels.
When I’m not writing I give seminars on forensics and crime writing all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. I also teach screenwriting and mentor emerging writers through the Act One Program, Regent University, and Universita Catholica Milano.
I aim to help other writers and producers create high stakes, entertaining crime dramas while also employing current, authentic, and realistic forensic methods. My forensic advice has aided writers on shows like Suits, Prison Break, Rectify, and White Collar.
Check out some videos from my YouTube channel, I upload weekly!
Forensic Fridays is about the weird, macabre, & true! You’ll find it here. Stories from the forensic world. Some of them are my own.
Summoned from her promising surgical career first to her estranged father’s bedside, and then his post as medical examiner when his small town needs urgent help with a suspicious death, Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are in this pitch perfect mystery debut.
How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas
Forensics finally explained in lay people's terms. Forensic Speak unlocks the secrets of forensic science for writers and fans alike by taking readers behind the crime tape, lab doors, and into the morgue, to learn how things are really handled. Over 300 forensic terms. A filmography of 100 film and TV examples and 80 additional resources. This book provides writers direct access to hundred of ways to make their crime writing more authentic.
Monthly posts about forensics, crime writing, the writing life, and any cool new projects I'm working on.