The Orchid Tattoo follows a social worker who uncovers a human trafficking ring while searching for her missing sister. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
As a social worker, I’ve done advocacy to get more progressive anti-human trafficking laws passed, and to educate people about the prevalence of this crime. I met survivors, law enforcement, and advocates and heard countless stories of trafficking right here in my backyard. I wanted this book to entertain but also educate my readers about this crime.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Someone with mental health issues can still live a productive, fulfilling life. The mystery genre has done a huge disservice to people with mental illnesses, so I wanted my protagonist to balance a difficult career and other life challenges with her symptoms. She doesn’t let mental illness define her. Hers is a journey of recovery.
Another important theme relates to human trafficking—an incredibly lucrative and cruel crime. I want readers to connect with the characters, many of whom are victims, and come away with a passion to impact this crime.
What is one thing that people point out after reading your book that surprises you?
The bad guy—nobody suspects who he is! I dropped clues, but he’s still stunning people. That’s a good thing!
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Justice Be Done, crime fiction about a murder that takes place during race riots, will hopefully be out later this year.
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