I was an FBI agent for 23 years and altogether have spent over 30 years in counterintelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement. During that time I got a doctorate in clinical psychology and specialized in behavioral analysis (I was the behavioral expert on the Unabomber for the team that finally caught Theodore Kaczynski). So, of course, when it came time to finally write I was co-author on two books (so far) with Terry D. Turchie (former FBI Dep Asst Director for Counterterrorism). We wrote about what we'd done and learned in our first book. In our second, we took a jump and put Washington politicians - Dems and Repubs - under the microscope for their mishandling of national security issues and the FBI since Watergate. We now write and consult on these issues, as well as threat assessment and risk analysis.
That said, it's time for me to do what I've always dreamed of doing: writing fiction! :-) I'm interested in almost everything, and am exploring all kinds of ideas, writer's groups and the current volatile and exciting world of publishing as it's evolving online. I still love to hang around at bookstores, and I love to talk story and character with anybody who'll have coffee with me!
Waaay too broad a question, but I was recently captivated by Tana French's "In the Woods." I'm fussy about crime fiction, since there's such a wide variation in expertise and background knowledge that inaccuracies drive me nuts and can totally ruin a decent storyline for me.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I was a fan of the XFiles, mostly because I had friends who consulted on the set (which was why they had the right file covers and the hallways looked just as dank and uncomfortable as they really do at FBIHQ! I'm currently enjoying LOST, and I love documentaries of all sorts.
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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
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