Thursday3Some: A Flame in the Wind of Death by Jen J. Danna

Today on Thursday3Some, I have Jen J. Danna as my guest. Jen is answering 3 questions about her book, A Flame In The Wind Of Death.

Book Blurb

At Halloween, Salem, Massachusetts, is a hot spot for Witch and tourist alike. When a murder spree begins, a cop and a scientist team up to find the killer.

Who Is Jen J. Danna?

By day, Jen is a scientist specializing in infectious diseases. She works as part of a dynamic research group at a cutting-edge Canadian university. Like many professional people, Jen's true passion lies in indulging her love of the mysterious through her writing.

With her writing partner Ann Vanderlaan, she crafts suspenseful crime fiction with a realistic scientific edge. Check out their Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries series. The spotlight book is their latest in this series. Jen's Skeleton Keys blog has been listed as one of the top forensic blogs on the web. Jen lives near Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.

Find Jen J. Danna Online

Email: jenjdanna at gmail dot com
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When did you write A Flame in the Wind of Death?

I wrote this book primarily from January to March of 2012, but then had the luxury of time to let it sit and age for a few months before going back to edit it and then get comments on it from my critique team. That was a special situation; certainly not every book gets that kind of time to breathe, but I wish they did!

What was the spark that gave you the story idea?

One of the two series protagonists, Dr. Matt Lowell, is a forensic anthropologist. Matt is an expert on the worst kinds of remains--badly decomposed, floaters, unrecognizable burn victims etc. Homicide detective Leigh Abbott of the Massachusetts State Police calls Matt in as a consultant when remains are found that require his particular expertise. So, from the author perspective, one of the first things that needs to happen when outlining a book is to ensure that the case has the kind of remains that would require Matt's talents. Those remains can often drive the case and certainly did in the case of the books' burned victims. Add in a friend who is a fire Captain and a 20-year veteran of her department to make sure that our fire fighting operations and procedures were absolutely correct, and we had ourselves a storyline.

Why do readers buy A Flame in the Wind of Death?

The Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries is a great read for those who like mysteries, but who also like learning something when they read. All the science in the books is absolutely real and accurate, unlike fast and flashy TV science. So if you want to know how forensics is really done, this is the series for you. Mix in the relationship between the male and female leads, and the group ensemble feel of the whole team and it's a pretty fun ride.

Buy Links for the Hardcover Edition of A Flame in the Wind of Death

Amazon U.S.

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble


Takeaway Truth

The weekend is coming. Grab a good book and get ready for some fun.