Today, Iâ€™m sitting down with the heroine of The
Profiler series, Evelyn Baine, to find out more about how she balances her job
with the FBI and the rest of her life:
So, Evelyn, what exactly do you do for the FBI?
â€śIâ€™m a criminal investigative analyst â€“ what you might call a profiler â€“ for
the Behavioral Analysis Unit. If youâ€™ve got a crime where everything youâ€™ve
tried has failed to find you the perpetrator, you call my unit. We donâ€™t need
forensics or obvious suspects. What we do is look at the crime scene and read
the psychology behind it. What caused the perpetrator to do this? What kind of
person is he? How do you find him?â€ť
That sounds really complicated. How did you get into this line of
â€śSometimes it is complicated. I donâ€™t really like to talk about my personal
life, but I learned about profilers when I was twelve years old. My best friend
disappeared and an FBI profiler came to town to find her. He never did, so it
became my lifeâ€™s mission to join the FBI, learn how to profile cases myself and
one day figure out what happened to her.â€ť
Does a job like this give you time to date or have a social life?
â€śNot really.â€ť [glances around to make sure no one else can overhear] â€śBut
sometimes, you meet someone where youâ€™d least expect it. That happened to me
with a guy in the FBIâ€™s Hostage Rescue Team. At first, I thought he was just
joking around, but nowâ€¦â€ť
â€śWell, the FBI doesnâ€™t let agents on the same squad date. The Behavioral
Analysis Unit and the Hostage Rescue Team arenâ€™t technically the same squad, but
weâ€™re both part of a special group that gets called during crises. So,
itâ€™s not exactly allowed.â€ť
So, youâ€™re not dating this guy? Whatâ€™s his name?
â€śKyle McKenzie. Everyone calls him Mac. Andâ€¦uh, no, weâ€™re not dating.â€ť
Are you sure?
[glances around the room again] â€śDonâ€™t you have more questions about my
Okay. Can you tell us what youâ€™re working on right now?
â€śI just got a case about a high schooler who disappeared from inside her
school. Her boyfriend dropped her off outside, a bunch of her friends saw her
walk into the school, and then she was just gone. Later, her mom found a note
sheâ€™d left behind. It said, If youâ€™re reading this, Iâ€™m already dead.â€ť
Wow. What do you think happened?
â€śI donâ€™t know yet. But we do have a lot of questions. Like, why would she
leave behind a note like this instead of telling someone she was scared? Her dad
claims she ran away. Her mom thinks a stranger grabbed her. But the more we look
into the case, the more people close to her weâ€™re finding who have secrets.â€ť
And you think one of them got her killed?
â€śWeâ€™re hoping sheâ€™s still alive.â€ť [glances at her watch] â€śAnd Iâ€™ve
got to go. The faster we get a profile, the more likely we are to figure out
what happened to her.â€ť
Thanks for answering my questions, Evelyn. And good luck with Mac.
[blushes] â€śThereâ€™s nothing happening with him. Really.â€ť
To find out more about Evelyn, her secret relationship with Mac, and what
happened to the missing teenager who left behind the note, leave a comment and
youâ€™ll be entered to win a copy of STALKED, the latest book in The Profiler series.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her
suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists,
and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the
minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI
Academyâ€™s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen
countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for
the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the
Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.
The heroine of Elizabeth's Profiler novels was called "one of the most amazing
characters created in print" by Fresh Fiction. Her novels have received praise
from Lee Child, J.T. Ellison, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, R.L. Stine,
Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Suzanne Brockmann, Hank Phillippi Ryan and ZoĂ«
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