Guest starred as herself on CBS police procedural "Criminal Minds"
Executive produced two Lifetime films based on novels "At Risk" and "The Front"; also made cameos in both as a watiress
Published non-fiction book Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed
Made TV executive producing and writing debut with ABC movie "ATF"
Introduced popular recurring character Dr. Kay Scarpetta (Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Virginia) in crime novel Postmortem
Worked at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, first as technical writer and later as computer analyst
Wrote biography on family friend Ruth Bell Graham A Time for Remembering
Won investigative reporting award from North Carolina Press Association
Launched career as crime reporter for The Charlotte Observer
Moved to Montreat, NC where her mother was hospitalized for depression; placed in foster care system along with brothers