Jessica R. Patch
Thank you so much for having me back. It’s always a pleasure to be here on Suite T!
A few things you may not know about me is that I’m a profiler, or in proper terms, a Behavioral Analyst for the FBI. I’ve also traveled with the FBI to conduct profiles on serial killers, and I’ve also worked for the local sheriff’s office/department. The job isn’t easy, never has been. It’s thankless oftentimes, grueling, and can have an impact on my mental health but my faith in God renews me and keeps me doing what I do. The world is a dark place, and I’ve seen it. Seen the ravaging and devastation of evil, but I’ve also seen God’s goodness and faithfulness. I’ve seen Him take what was meant for evil and use it for good. I’ve seen Him give humans the ability to use DNA, fingerprints, and even genealogy websites for His glory to bring justice to victims and their families. I’ve been able to help solve cold cases, where hope seems lost, using age progression imaging and new ancestry sites where you have to input your DNA. Of course, killers evolve, but so does this justice system.
Okay, so I’m holding all these job titles and hunting serial killers vicariously through my fictional characters, but the research I find is all true. It’s incredible to see what God can do with technology! The minds of humanity intrigue me, and also repulse me, and reminds me that without God, I am as depraved as the next person who doesn’t know God. We all are. I love researching why people think and behave as they do and interviewing people who do actually hold these job titles. It’s the best part of my job! I get to travel and do new things with every book. And I get to show the light of Jesus and what He can do in and through darkness with every single book—actually that’s the best part of my job!
My new series Quantico Profilers will kick off with Texas Cold Case Threat. My heroine is a profiler and she’s just gotten word from a killer that her profile sent the local law in the wrong direction. Her identity rests in her ability to profile a killer but she’ll have to discover that her identity truly is in Jesus Christ. People are fallible, they make mistakes. Enter a Texas Ranger who works cold cases and another killer who collides with my heroine, and we have two killers to catch! It’s a fun and wild ride. I enjoyed researching Texas and putting my characters in a new setting. It felt fresh for me too.
Texas Cold Case Threat releases Feb. 28th online and in local bookstores and a Walmart near you.
Jessica R. Patch, Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author, is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a romantic suspense, a cold case thriller, or a small-town romance. When she’s not getting into fictional mischief with her characters, you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home reading books by some of her favorite authors, watching movies with her family, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook.
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Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.