I recently had the pleasure of talking with Kathy Reichs, the creator of Bones
character, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. Joining us was her daughter, Kerry, who co-wrote this season's "The Woman in the Whirlpool" episode. Though Kathy reviews every single Bones
episode for scientific accuracy, this is only the third episode the mother-daughter team has envisioned from concept to completed script, the first two being season 5's "The Witch in the Wardrobe," and season 9's "The Dude in the Dam." A novelist and forensic anthropologist herself, Kathy uses her own life experiences as the inspiration for the character of Temperance Brennan in her crime series from which the Bones
television series concept sprang.
Before we delved into details (and some juicy episode news) about how the mother-daughter team developed the concept for "The Woman in the Whirlpool," I wanted to know more about the real Kathy 'Temperance Brennan' Reichs in comparison to the Bones' Brennan, (or the literary Brennan for that matter), and who better to ask than the creator herself? Then I wanted to know what is most difficult, and what is most amazing about being a forensic anthropologist. Kathy's answers revealed an unexpected and palpable tenderness toward those whose remains came into her care. Not surprising was how many of the tiny and fascinating details of Kathy's experience have woven their way into the fabric of Bones.