The Voyeur

Voyeur: Someone who enjoys learning about the private details of other people’s lives, especially unpleasant or shocking details. Psychologists are professional voyeurs. Especially forensic psychologists. Within minutes of meeting an evaluee, I am asking—no, I am expecting—them to let the light touch the darkest corners of themselves. Sometimes, that means uttering stories they haven’t spoken […]

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September 30, 2015

Behind the Fence

The room was cold and colorless, the building so sterile, I wondered how it could sustain life. And there was something else—a heaviness—as if the air was thick with hope long-discarded, an endless parade of days wasted in a self-inflicted purgatory…Despite knowing that I could walk through that door, leave at any time, the sense […]

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September 2, 2015

A Day in the Life

What exactly does a forensic psychologist do? I know precisely what you’re thinking right now. You’re picturing Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins—Clarice and Hannibal. You’re seeing a beleaguered Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross, hunkered over a desk, analyzing crimes scenes, profiling serial killers, putting together a puzzle no one else can solve. And you wouldn’t […]

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July 26, 2015

A Quick Fix

What draws most readers, myself included, into a dystopian world is the sense it is not so different than our own, that a few, strategic events could catapult us into a dark and disturbing place. After all, one hour of the evening news begs the question: Is our modern world more utopian than dystopian? In […]

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July 26, 2015

The Journey

My journey as an author began on “Big Muddy,” my family’s farm in small town Texas, where there were more cows than people. In their day lives, my mother was a warm-hearted English teacher, my father a hard-nosed principal, but they moonlighted as farmers who raised everything from cows and chickens to Basset hounds and […]

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July 26, 2015