The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case, she has had decades of on-site experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy. Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV. Her crime drama, The Coroner’s Daughter, is being developed for novel and TV. And several of her crime pieces are in the pipeline with various production companies.
Jennifer’s scripts have placed her on the short lists of the Fox/Blacklist TV Program, Final Draft Big Break, Nichols, Austin, American Zoetrope, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Her half-hour forensic comedy, "Home Bodies," received a Humanitas’ New Voices Award.
Wanting to share her love of forensics with other storytellers, she scribed Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, which was published by Michael Wiese Productions and hailed as a north star to creating authentic crime dramas. She regularly leads seminars and webinars on forensics and crime fiction. She has taught screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University and mentors new writers through the Act One Program. Her social media and Forensic Speak Newsletter reaches hundreds of writers with current forensic tips and developments.
Her children’s book, Picadilly Children’s Ballet, and its positive message of how to win back your joy, has sold thousands of copies and reached thousands of kids in schools from California to Florida.