From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Kathy Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Kathy Reichs has written sixteen bestsellers featuring Dr Temperance Brennan, the most recent being Bones of the Lost and Bones are Forever both available to buy now. For more information on Kathy’s books and the author behind the US TV hit Bones, please visit her website kathyreichs.com.
Kathy joins me for a quick-fire round of questions………..
Why do you write?
Food costs money. So does psychotherapy. Plus I love it.
What kind of relationship do you have with Temperance Brennan?
A complicated one. Decades together can cause any two people to cross swords — especially if they share a single headspace — but generally we see eye to eye. Tempe has been suffering from split personality syndrome for the last nine TV seasons, which has been hard.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important?
Very. They help the reader tell the characters apart.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I like what I like, but that’s about it.
When you began writing Deja Dead did you think you’d still be writing about Temperance now?
Never. I just wanted to get published. Period.
Could you explain your role in the TV Series Bones and how it came about?
The series is based on my books. And I’m a producer, which means I get to review the scripts and generally be involved. The series came about when Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson became intrigued with the Tempe character and wanted to make the show. The rest is history.
Did you have an idea in your mind who you wanted to play the leading role?
Yes, but I’m extremely glad we got Emily instead.
What do you wish you’d known when you started writing?
How much work it really is. And that someone was going to buy it.
What’s your favourite word?
Which fictional character would you most like to meet in real life and why?
Han Solo. That guy knew how to enjoy the universe. Not bad looking, either.
What makes you keep picking up and reading books?
Because they are there.
Sometimes I watch a movie or read a book and spot myself in random characters, have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie and panic? (Bones not included!!)
I haven’t before, but now I’ll never watch movies the same way again. Thanks.
How has being a published author changed your life?
People know who I am. That’s not something I’ll ever get used to.
Going back to your childhood, what was the greatest thing you learned while at school?
Go to class. It’s 80% of the battle.
If you could quote a line or paragraph from your work what would it be and why?
The End. Because that’s when I get to rest.
What do you see as the main purpose of your writing? If there was no such thing as literature, how would your life differ?
To entertain. Pure and simple.