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Tate Hallaway: How Blurry is the Line Between Real Life and Fiction?
Here’s something scary that I bet you didn’t want to know
– in some states it takes almost no qualifications to become the coroner or
Yep, it’s true.
Go ahead, Google it.
Did you read this bit on Wikipedia? “As of 2004, of the 2,342 death investigation
offices in the United States, 1,590 are coroners offices. Of those, only 82
serve jurisdictions of more than 250,000 people. Qualifications for coroners are set by
individual states and counties in the U.S. and vary widely. In many
jurisdictions, little or no training is required, even though a coroner may
overrule a forensic pathologist in naming a cause of death. A coroner may be
elected or appointed. Some coroners hold office by virtue of holding another office: in Nebraska, the county district attorney is the
coroner; in many counties in Texas, the Justice of the Peace may be in charge
of death investigation; in other places, the sheriff is the coroner.”
It’s a little spooky, isn’t it? However, it was this bit of information that
inspired me to create Alex Connor. She’s
a troubled medical school dropout in desperate need of employment. A chance comes up for her to run for the
office of coroner in Pierre, South Dakota, and she ends up with the job.
For Alex, the other “exciting” part of the job is that
almost no one dies of suspicious death in Pierre, South Dakota. In the last two years, their homicide rate
was zero. (Another bit of truth in my
fiction. Go ahead, check it out.)
But, of course, what fun would an urban fantasy novel be
if it was entirely based on truth??!
That’s where the zombies come in, the magical tattoo, and… the hottie
dragon. Yeah, just wait until you meet
him. What Alex doesn’t know is that she
already has, and that her life as always been full of magic… not just truth and
What are some of your favorite moments where “truth”
intersects fiction? Share your thoughts here in the comments section and Five winners will each receive a copy of Precinct 13!!