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Patricia Cornwell
Born Patricia Carroll Daniels
(1956-06-09) June 9, 1956 (age 60)
Miami, Florida, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1990–present
Genre Crime fiction
Spouse Charles Cornwell (1980–1989)
Staci Gruber (2006–present)
Website
www.patriciacornwell.com

Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.
With DNA, the ability to find out a lot more with a lot less has increased our ability for identification.
Patricia Cornwell
I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognize how interesting it is.
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I've always believed human blood is red because it really needs to draw attention to itself.
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I've had people turn up to book signings with knives, with guns.
The biggest risk with a series that goes on this long is that you'll get bored with the character.
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Even if you are a best-seller you feel insecure because it is all so unpredictable.
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Night fell clean and cold in Dublin, and wind moaned beyond my room as if a million pipes played the air.
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I refuse to sit on my laurels.
If everybody, every day, would try to do one thing that pulls them beyond themselves the world will start being a better place.
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Murder is about power and the more powerful women get the more it will change the good that they do and the bad that they do.
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I'm always surprised when large numbers of people buy my books.
First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.
If you chomp down too hard on my work, you're going to break your teeth.
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I don't do things that are illegal.
I find it difficult to attend autopsies. Especially the smells.
I am a fan of Botox.
When I was in second grade, my mother moved from Miami to this evangelical conservative environment in western North Carolina, two miles down the road from Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth.
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The greatest gift is our own eyes, sense of smell, and abilities to deduce.
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On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
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Being with someone who is smart and gives good advice adds tremendously wonderful elements to your life.
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That's why I think the 'Scarpetta' series has worked so well because people like spending time with this character.
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I won't put myself in a position where I'm vulnerable.
I constantly remind people that crime isn't solved by technology; it's solved by people.
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The human capacity to be curious has always existed.
I've never taken a scalpel to a dead body.
I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power.
My fans want me to talk to them. And even if they want to be critical, I want to hear what they've got to say.
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I've been stalked.
I wouldn't want to donate my body for scientific study.
My friends call me Miss Worst Case Scenario.
In my forties, my optimism was boundless. I had really good health and tremendous success which allowed me to do anything I wanted.
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I dropped chemistry. I practically blew up the lab in college.
I'm very, very sensitive to pain and to people who suffer.
But when I was a little kid, I was always writing stories and illustrating little books that I would create.
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I am a journalist.
If it's really beautiful weather, sometimes I might take a helicopter out. I got my license in 1999.
Patricia Cornwell
Botox not only helps with wrinkles, it actually makes you feel more relaxed as frowning causes tension.
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I like crazy shoes or unusual cowboy boots and I collect big belt buckles.
Even when I am writing I usually take a break around lunchtime and go for a little walk to clear out my head.
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I like to get to bed with a clear head.
Obviously people read the books in order to be entertained.
I am an Armani and a Dolce & Gabbana kind of a person.
Everyone is doing forensics.

Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.
In the first person, the readers feel smart, like it's them solving the case.
Patricia Cornwell
I stop working at about 3 p.m. on Fridays.