For those of you who write suspense, whether they have romance or not, I did find out a few good facts at a workshop called Criminal Mistakes by Allison Leotta and Abbie Zidle.
I'm just finishing the final chapters of my first romantic suspense book called "Roll the Dice" due to be released in September. Since this genre is completely a new path for me, I knew I needed all the help I could get. I wanted to ensure that the plots I came up with would be as authentic as possible. So when I read about this class in the itinerary, I circled it with a big yellow highlighter and showed up early to get a good seat.
What a great way to start off the conference! Both women shed light on a lot of misconceptions that the average joe just would have no way of knowing.
My favorite fact – You won't get fingerprints off a gun…not today's weapons anyway. The metal is textured, and the oil in your skin won't leave prints.
Another interesting point – very seldom - okay - almost never are there vaginal injuries such as bruising in a sexual assault.
And it was brought out that police stations don't normally have huge plasma screen TV's like you see in Hawaii Five-o or some of the other television serials. (Guess I've got to make a few changes after hearing this little bit of surprising news….sigh!)
The one that made us crack up was that prosecutors don't wear stilettos in the courtroom or bosom revealing blouses either. They don't want to be seen as sexual objects, but as serious dedicated career women. Darn those TV producers sure take license. But then again, I guess us authors do also.