We recently interviewed stellar investigative reporter and Agatha-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, and she suggested turning the tables on your hosts, Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle, MD. How could we say no?
In this first interview, you’ll learn about author and forensic science advocate Jan Burke. Listen to discover more about the beginning of Jan’s award-winning career as a writer of crime fiction, her childhood, what inspired her work on behalf of crime labs, and more.
Jan Burke was born in Texas but has spent most of her life in California. She is the author of fourteen books and over thirty short stories, and served as the associate editor of Mystery Writers of America’s Writing Mysteries. Throughout her career of over 20 years, she has been published by and is grateful for the support of Simon & Schuster.
She won the Edgar for Best Novel for Bones, the Agatha for Best Short Story for “The Man in the Civil Suit,” and has received numerous other awards and nominations. She has taught writing for the UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, the Book Passage Mystery Writing Conference, and in other venues. She has served as the Guest of Honor for Left Coast Crime, Malice Domestic, and other fan conventions. Her books and stories have been published internationally and have been optioned for film.
In 2003, her concern for the problems caused by the severe underfunding of U.S. crime labs led her to found the Crime Lab Project, which, through the efforts of writers, forensic scientists, television producers, and concerned members of the public, has worked to increase awareness of the need to strengthen forensic science in the U.S.. She has been honored by the California Forensic Science Institute, which included her in its Hall of Fame, and continues to serve on the CFSI advisory board.
Jan Burke’s Website http://www.janburke.com
Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Website http://hankphillippiryan.com
Jan Burke on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WriterJanBurke
Jan Burke on Twitter @Jan_Burke or https://twitter.com/Jan_Burke
Jan’s Blog: http://janburke.blogspot.com
The Crime Lab Project http://www.crimelabproject.com