Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Forensic Tip of the Day!

Hi all!

Time has flown - we've had the family down for Father's Day and it's been hectically crazy. I'm still writing and see the end in sight on THE DYING BREATH. Thanks to all who have posted your encouraging emails! I thought I'd share a recent, interesting email I received from Mrs. Huges's reading class. The questions were fun and my reply will directly follow the questions! Here they are:

Dear Mrs. Ferguson,

We are an eighth grade Teens Read class at Tippecanoe Middle School in Tipp City, Ohio, and we have read your books based upon the suggestion of our teacher. We really enjoyed them, and we can't wait until the fourth one. They're awesome!

We do have some questions for you.

#1--do you watch any forensic shows like CSI? Do you get your inspiration from these shows?

#2--How did you come up with the idea of the Christopher Medal? Does your religion have anything to do with this?

#3--When will the fourth book be published? Any sneak peaks?

#4--Do you know the girl on the covers of The Christopher Killer and Circle of Blood? Our teacher, Mrs. Hughes, told us about Walter Dean Myers whose son was on the cover of the book Monster. We wondered if this was true of your books as well.

#5--Do you respond to all of your fan mail?

#6--Do any other authors inspire you?

Thank you for your time.

Mrs. Hughes's Teens Read class:









Sydney is my reply! Enjoy!

Hi All!

What fun to get your wonderful email – thank you for your thoughtful, intelligent questions!

#1. I do not watch shows like CSI because, although they’re fun, they’re not accurate, and I’m kind of a stickler about realism. I DO watch the reality shows like Cold Case Files or Forensic Files – you’ll notice cases are much harder to solve in real life. My newest favorite is called I Survived. That one’s intense but awesome!

#2. Now that is an interesting question – did my religion have anything to do with the idea of using the Christopher medal? The answer is yes, since I was raised Catholic and I remember my grandmother (who I called Mammaw, just like in the book!) telling me to wear the medal to keep me safe. I am extremely drawn to the question of ‘what comes next.’ One of my favorite shows is Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, so you can see that faith and science and how those two intertwine is very important to me. Through Lyric and Adam and now Justin, I hope to address questions on the afterlife. My next book after the Sleuth series concludes will deal with forensics and the paranormal!

#3. I’m a bit behind on my fourth book because my daughter (married to the amazing DJ Thompson!) had her first baby April 6th, but she had a complicated pregnancy (preeclampsia) and I had to leave to help her. These little ones just don’t cooperate! But The Dying Breath should be on the very next list. It’s the most intense one yet, since, as you know, Kyle is b-a-a-a-c-k. He is stalking Cameryn, there are some truly bizarre murders (wait’ll you see how I kill them in this one!) and those who have read my manuscript so far tell me it’s the best one of the four. I sure love writing it!

#4. I do not know the models on the covers, but I can tell you that the girl on my book Poison (it’s out of print) is my daughter Kristin. You can see the cover on my webpage at

#5. Yes, I respond to ALL my fan mail! Just this morning I got my blog up and running, so if any of you would like to post a question (I’d love it if you’d restate these as individual blog questions for me!) just go to my webpage and fire away!

#6. I am extremely inspired by Gloria Skurzynski, who is not only an award-winning author but my co-author (National Geographic Mystery Series) and my mother! So I grew up learning how to edit and really work on my craft. Beyond that, I love J.K. Rowling (genius!) and Stephanie Meyer (I just met her last week!) as well as Jeffery Eugenides and Alice Sebold. I LOVE to read!

What you may not know about me is that my best friend was murdered by a serial killer, so I have spent my life learning about the mind of a killer and what it would take to catch them. I’ve been to autopsies and have deeply researched this subject, trying, at least on paper, to catch those who harm others. In a strange way it helps me deal with Savannah’s death. Again, you can log on to my webpage and click on the typing computer for an interactive video that talks about my writing and my process.

Thanks so much for sharing your question with me. I hope to hear from Alex, Ellie, Krissy, Jayme, Logan, Evan, Schae, Rebecca, Sydney and Mrs. Hughes again soon!

Hugs from Colorado,

Alane Ferguson

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. Ferguson!

My name is Ali. I am an 18 year old aspiring author and have recently come across your novels. This year I took a course in Young Adult Literature and my teacher LOVES you and was actually presenting at a conference about The Angel of Death. She was telling me about her presentation and recommended I read The Christopher Killer.

I want you to know what you have done for me. All my life I have been TERRIFIED of forensics. (I couldn't even watch the news!) Now, I'm going to school for nursing next year and that has been my dream forever. Thanks to you're brilliant writing, I have slightly changed my major. I was planning on declaring myself Pre-Med to become a medical examiner (Like Dr. Moore!), but I found out that there's actually a Forensic Nursing FIELD! I'm sooo pumped!

Also, I read your blog page and I LOVE the Twilight series AND Harry Potter. I'm the crazy kid that dresses up for every new Harry Potter book and still dreams about Edward at night!

You're amazing and I can't WAIT to read the next one! I hope the series doesn't end at four books because Cameryn Mahoney is my HERO!

Thank you so much for being such an amazing influential author. You've given me a whole new perspective.


(PS! Congrats on the baby! Hope she's doing well!)