Cynthia Eden’s fourth book in the Torn series, Torn is out in retailers everywhere and we’re featuring the book on our blog today. Cynthia Eden is here to talk about the research she did for her heroine’s job. Victoria Palmer is a forensic anthropologist and we were curious to see what kind of research Cynthia Eden did to write about that. Read on to find out…
Torn by Cynthia Eden
Releases on May 31, 2016 by Avon
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent’s investigation entices a killer into making her his prey.
PARTNERS . . . FRIENDS . . .
Forensic anthropologist Victoria Palmer has always been better with the dead than the living. Shutting down her emotions, she lets few people in. But then Victoria’s latest investigation takes her and agent Wade Monroe to Savannah, Georgia. Handsome, dangerous, and more than ready to play dirty on any case, Wade weakens Victoria’s aloofness with just one glance.
. . . LOVERS
Wade knows their recent cases have pushed Victoria beyond her limits. But her skills are crucial to finding a college student who went missing five years ago. Victoria is able to determine she was murdered, and that the killer is still on the loose.
And when the vicious murderer targets Victoria, Wade must do everything in his power to protect her . . . because he refuses to let a woman he loves be torn from him . . . again.
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When I was in college, one of my friends was taking a forensic anthropology class. At the time, I knew very little about her class…until I went to her house and she (literally) had a set of bones spread out on her kitchen table. She’d been given an assignment—find out who those bones belonged to (the person’s age and sex at time of death) and how that person died. And my friend was supposed to find all of these facts out…just by studying the bones.
Of course, I was fascinated. Hooked. Obsessed. 😉 And my mind starting spinning. It would be years, (YEARS, people, YEARS!) before I was able to finally write my book about a forensic anthropologist, but I like to think I just spent all of that time researching…
Researching by reading every book that I could find on forensic anthropology.
Researching by Googling the oddest, craziest forensic anthropology facts that I could imagine…
And researching by grilling folks who have visited body farms. Oh, yes, I said body farms. If you haven’t heard of this term before, a body farm is basically a research facility where you can go to study the decomposition rates of bodies under various circumstances. There’s a big facility in Tennessee. I’ve never gone there, but, trust me, it’s on my visit list (as weird as that may sound).
The heroine of my current romantic suspense, Dr. Victoria Palmer, spends a great deal of time from the dead. And, as she shows in TORN, the dead have plenty of stories to share. Their remains can tell so much about their lives…they can reveal so many secrets. The dead really do talk. You just have to be able to listen to them.
Thank you so much for checking out my guest post. Do you think you’d make for a good forensic anthropologist? Would you be able to study the dead?
TORN – Available 5/31/16
About the Author
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.