September 26, 2023

Tish McGinnis, Medical Examiner / Character Interview

Today I'm bringing you a character interview with Tish McGinnis, a medical examiner, from Witch of Death, my short paranormal suspense eBook available for 99 cents. This was a post for my blog tour years ago that is no longer on the other blogger's site (and which I had linked to on my website...bummer), so I am sharing it here on my own blog.

Name: Tish McGinnis

Place of Employment: New Orleans Police Department

Occupation: Medical Examiner 

Actress: Meg Ryan

Chrys: Hi, Tish! Thanks for meeting me in the cafeteria. *looks at a box in Tish’s hands* What’s that?

Tish: Muffins. I brought them for you.

Chrys: Oh, that’s so sweet. Thanks! Are you ready for a quick interview?

Tish: I’m always ready.

1. Can you tell us about your typical day on the job?

Sure, I may get called to 1-2 crime scenes to check out the body or bodies. When they’re transported to my office, I examine them thoroughly from head to toe. I take swabs from the inside of their mouths, scrap under their finger nails, and look for any evidence and signs of injury, as well as cause of death.

2. What is your hardest case to date?

All of my cases involving babies and children are equally difficult. I hate seeing tiny people on my table.

3. On a scale of 1-10 how difficult would you rate your current case?


4. Why’s that?

Because it’s so strange! There’s no wounds on his body, no blood on his clothes, no bite marks, no nothing, and yet there’s no blood left in his body. I don’t know how this could’ve happened or what kind of weapon could cause this. It had to be something...supernatural.

5. Interesting...what are your hobbies outside of work?

I like to ride my Harley, binge watch Vampire Diaries (I love me some Damon), and bake all sorts of goodies such as muffins, cookies, and pies. I give some of it away, but I eat most of it. No wonder why I can’t ever lose my muffin top!

Chrys: *looks down at the empty box* Well, I don’t think you have to worry about that this time, because I ate all of the muffins.

Tish: So now you’ll have the muffin top!

Chrys: Wonderful.

BLURB: Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

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  1. Great interview with Tish. It'd be great to know enough about what a medical examiner does to develop a character who has that job.

    1. The bit I know is from watching TV. 😂 But I use it! lol

  2. As an interviewer, did you not want to ask a follow up question to that answer about a body without blood and no evidence of why? I remember in counseling training, jumping to another topic would be called, going to the head, which we do when the questioning gets too uncomfortable. I can't imagine being in the position of Tish or any other medical examiner. -Jeff.

    1. Well, I’m not a professional interviewer, and I haven’t had counseling training. Besides, the whole point is to get YOU interested enough to read the story and find out the answers. ;)