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Andrea Kane | Working with the FBI

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Over the past several years, I've had the amazingly good fortune of working closely with the FBI.  I've consulted with the Bureau's Crimes Against Children Unit, the Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force, the Crisis Negotiation Unit, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (a la "Criminal Minds"), members of various Evidence Response Teams (the Federal equivalent of "CSI"), the Art Crime Team, and more.  I've visited several field offices and resident agencies (smaller, local offices), and I've toured FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.  I've learned how to shoot a Glock, how to handle a hostage negotiation, and how to speak FBI (hundreds of acronyms!).

And then there's Quantico.  I've made more than one trip down there—I even did a book signing at the FBI Academy bookstore.  It's a world unto itself, with extensive training grounds, an impressive shooting range, and the legendary Hogan's Alley—a man-made town that feels as real as your home town, except that it's populated by FBI agents, new agents in training, and actors who are hired to bring simulated crime scenes to life.

Last fall, I was asked by the Newark Field Office (they're responsible for the entire state of New Jersey) to be their celebrity keynote speaker at an off-site conference with their entire staff.  Making a speech in front of hundreds of the most brilliant and dedicated men and women I've ever had the honor of working with. Not too intimidating! 

Besides being awesome pros, they're also awesome hosts.  I was greeted with warmth and enthusiasm, and the day was a blast!  I made my speech, did a great booksigning during which I got the chance to talk to and get to know many of the agents and support staff I had yet to meet—and to reconnect with those I'd already met—professionals who'd helped me inject the authenticity I needed to build my characters and to construct suspenseful storylines.  On top of all that, the field office honored me with a beautiful plaque, thanking me for my contribution.  I'll treasure that plaque forever!

Bottom line-- The agents and support staff at the FBI are amazing at making themselves available to me.  They also know that I'm a sticker for authenticity, as are they.  So, before I convert any manuscript into a book, I have the experts who helped me read over all the pertinent sections they helped me create.  I make whatever corrections they recommend.  And I NEVER cross the line when it comes to situations that are delicate.  I err on the side of "don't release this" even though what I'm privy to is not classified.

Andrea Kane

 

 

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8 comments posted.

Re: Andrea Kane | Working with the FBI

I love to read your books, stories with the FBI in it, has to be great. It was great that they let you work with them. Looking forward to reading this book.
(Frances Namuth 8:10am June 3, 2011)

The FBI is absolutely fascinating to many of us - me included! I would love to
read this book.

Connie Fischer
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(Connie Fischer 8:34am June 3, 2011)

It is great that you have a good resources and can get help with the technology of all of it. Thank you for taking the time to make your books even more accurate to detail.
(Linda Pillow 4:16pm June 3, 2011)

You must have had the most amazing experiences, and I would give anything to walk a mile in your shoes. That's a nice way of saying that I'm envious. lol I know that writing books are no picnic, but I'm referring to the experiences that you've had with the FBI - that had to be not only eye-opening, but such a rush to be at the lifeblood of where it all happens!! I'm thrilled that you take that added time and pain to make sure that your books are to the "letter," so that the reader is not shortchanged in any way. I'm looking forward to reading your book very much, and it's also the type of book that I can pass on to my Husband when I'm through reading it. Congratulations on your award as well. You earned it!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:37pm June 3, 2011)

With all the shows about the FBI, it's probably easy to think that we know all about its workings. But it must be even more interesting to able to talk to agents about actual cases.

Congratulations on the special plaque.
(Sigrun Schulz 12:00pm June 4, 2011)

How brave to give a speech in front of FBI agents! I'm looking forward to getting to know your books, they sound great.
(Shirley Nienkark 9:59am June 4, 2011)

I love it when the author does hands on kind of research. How exciting and I'm sure it definitely shows in the story.
(Jeanne Sheats 3:28pm June 4, 2011)

Girl, your stories seem so close to the action, because you have the eyes and ears of intimate players in your hand.
(Alyson Widen 3:07pm June 7, 2011)

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