Lisa Black

lisa blackLisa Black is the New York Times bestselling author of 16 suspense novels, including the Gardiner & Renner series and the Locard Institute series. Her works have been translated into six languages, optioned for film, and shortlisted for the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award. She is also a full-time Certified Latent Print Examiner and a Certified Crime Scene Analyst, beginning her forensics career at the Coroner’s office in Cleveland, Ohio and the police department in Cape Coral, Florida. She has spoken to readers and writers at numerous conferences, been a consultant for CourtTV, and was a Guest of Honor at 2021 Killer Nashville.

Keynote Address

Lisa Black will share her path to publication, both the rocky and the smooth patches, through four publishers, two agents, four editors and numerous rejections, revisions and resurrections. She will also touch on her forensics career and how that has affected her body of work, opinions on the challenges writers face and her own personal rules for writing.

What Mystery Writers Need to Know About Forensics

This presentation will cover how forensic analysis works in the real world, particularly the science and practice of fingerprint analysis, forensic genetic genealogy, crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern interpretation, utilizing slides and lecture and including numerous examples from real-life cases. Handouts and reference lists will be provided, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. (2 hours)