Dear readers, tonight we host LAPD’s best detective, or at least she was until transported to the magical world of Andeluvia. She is here to tell us of applying modern forensics to crime scenes involving centaurs, dragons, and other creatures.
Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
I grew up in Pike County, Illinois. Pike County is known for deer hunting, farming, and apple cider, in that order. The kind of place where people say ‘gosh’, ‘darn’ and ‘shucks’. Very wholesome. I couldn’t wait to up stakes for UChicago as soon as I was accepted there as an undergrad.
You didn’t like where you grew up? Surely you have some cherished memories of the place?
It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t fit in. I took a lot after Wednesday Addams. Moody, dressed in more black than my Mom would’ve liked. Put it this way, I was the only kid who looked forward to dissecting frogs in biology class.
As far as memories…one winter when I was seven years old, I found a trail of blood spatters leading from the woods towards my family’s garage. I found my father inside, crying over our open chest freezer. In it was a doe he’d shot. He was a hunter, taking game that was in season, but what shook him to the core was that this doe had spoken to him right before she died.
I don’t know if I’d call that a ‘cherished’ memory…but it was my first encounter with the magical land of Andeluvia.
It wouldn’t be my last.
What do you do now?
Officially? I’ve been working as a Crime Scene Investigator for the Los Angeles Police Department for the past few years. I’m the one who the cops call in after they find the body, and I also perform the follow-up in the lab.
Un-officially, I’m part of the Andeluvian Royal Court. I do my best to solve mysteries in a land of magic using good old fashioned forensic techniques. I also try to help out whenever a magical creature’s in trouble.
You know, that is kind of wild now that I said that out loud…
What can you tell us about your latest adventure?
Anything happening with me is like C.S. Lewis meeting modern CSI!
Right now, I’m busy solving a murder case. The Andeluvians believe the Good King Benedict was killed by the ruler of the Centaur Realm, King Angbor Skullsplitter.
I’ve got about three days, max, to solve the case before the two kingdoms go to war. Hey, no pressure, right?Continue reading “Dayna Chrissie (of the Fantasy & Forensics series, by Michael Angel)”