Forensics for Genre Authors
For more than 20 years as a federal law enforcement special agent, Geoff Symon has been using his expertise and experience to put away the bad guys. Now he's begun lecturing and consulting with authors in genre fiction communities to help bring verisimilitude and meaningful detail to the depiction of crime and investigation.
Author-focused Criminal Investigations
The Law and Order series attracted millions of viewers because they got the forensics right. The writers consulted with actual forensics experts that kept the stories accurate to actual forensic techniques, without sacrificing drama for rigid authenticity; for every author knows entertainment must always be entertaining. Writing forensics in romance, mystery, or horror genres takes a careful blend of accuracy and elision. How can authors be believably realistic without being shackled by tedious realism? Geoff strikes that balance. His experience working with popular writers helps him cut to the essential elements that will give your work the punch and detail to make it stand out from the crowd.
As a working writer, you don't need to learn how to process a crime scene, but you do need to have the most powerful, persuasive facts at your fingertips. All too often authors draw on borrowed buzzwords or quick Google searches to pin on their literary law enforcement badge and call their story a closed case. Audiences are much more forensics savvy than just a few years ago and a quick burst of empty forensic vocabulary is no longer enough to satisfy them. Geoff helps his authors flesh out the forensic details of their fictional crimes enough to marry the drama with the realism and hook the skeptical reader.