Forensic Science

The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 8 years-old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy.

Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film, TV, and novel. Currently, Jennifer has several crime drama series being developed for television and novel. 

She has been a forensic consultant for writers on Beauty & The Beast, Deception, Hawaii Five-O, Leverage, Prison Break, Rectify, Revolution, Suits, White Collar, & Conviction 

Wanting to share her love of forensics with other storytellers, she scribed non-fiction work, Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, published by Michael Wiese Productions, hailed as a north star to creating authentic crime dramas.

She regularly leads seminars on forensics and fiction. Contact Jennifer to speak:

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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. 

"Forensic Speak cuts through the technical complexities of forensic science to carve a clear path for procedural writers, whether aspiring or experienced." - CHRIS LEVINSON, writer/executive producer Law & Order


“I’ve been writing procedurals for over ten years and I’ve read every forensic reference out there, so believe me when I say Forensic Speak is the only one you’ll ever need.”


— Brian Davidson,

Writer/Producer, CSI: Miami


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Forensic Speak

On the Page with Pilar Alessandra, EPISODE #434, January 2, 2016

Why Crime Stories Matter

Movies Matter Blog

Forensic Speak Interview

Blog Post

Writing Forensic Speak

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Joy on Paper

Radio Interview, June 30, 2015

Genretainment- Forensic Speak

Blog Talk Radio interview

MWP - Forensic Speak

Blog Talk Radio interview

Forensic Speak Book Talk

YouTube interview

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The Bible on Crime Writing - Forensic Speak

Joy on Paper


“If you write TV or films about crime, Forensic Speak is as indispensable as a laptop and a cup of coffee.”


 — Liz Garcia

Executive producer/co-creator of Memphis Beat & Cold Case