Patricia Cornwell: An Investigative and Adventurous Writer
Patricia Cornwell is the name of the American author of the worldwide successful series of Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta. Working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia, as a computer analyst, Cornwell published her first book, the first in the Kay Scarpetta series, Postmortem, which attained a huge success and won many prestigious awards--the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Creasey awards, and the French Prix Roman d'Aventure prize; the first book to ever have this recognition in major awards in a single year. After twenty-five years of her production with her characters in the Scarpetta series, Patricia was awarded with the Sherlock Award for best detective by an American writer. She is also the recipient of the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Patricia has more than twenty-eight books in her credits and has recently published her twenty-third book in the Kay Scarpetta series ‘Depraved Heart’. The Kay Scarpetta series include Body of Evidence, All That Remains, Dust, and Flesh And Blood. Her other books include the Andy Brazil series (Hornet's Nest), the Win Garano series (At Risk), two cookbooks (Scarpetta’s Winter Table, and Food to Die For), a children’s book (Life’s Little Fable), and Ruth Graham’s biography (Ruth, A Portrait), a nonfiction book about Jack Ripper called Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed and a Kindle Single called Chasing the Ripper.
Patricia was originally an investigative-crime journalist, where she worked for The Charlotte Observer. A journalist in her heart, Patricia’s investigative instincts, her insight and attention to details and also her research--in which she practices, before or while writing a book, Scuba Diving, flying her helicopter and going to real crime scene, practicing shooting--come as the reason behind her huge success and recognition as one of the world’s #1 crime writers, with over 100 million copies of her books are sold and translated in more than 120 countries.
As busy as in her literary world, Patricia works as the co-founder of the Conservation Scientist Chair at Harvard University Art Museums and is a psychiatric research advocate for the National Council of Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital.
In her charities credits, she has helped funding many projects, including Cornell’s Animal Hospital and Jamestown’s archaeological digging, along with scholarships.
Patricia is currently working with Fox 2000, in order to bring Kay Scarpetta to the big screen.
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