Do you feel a responsibility to, as a role model to people, as an example, not only as a writer but as a woman; a lot of people might not know this about your background too, but that you're gay. Do you feel that's something you have a responsibility to own and to make public?
Cornwell, a bipolar former newspaper reporter, has sold in excess of 100 million books. She worked for the chief medical examiner's office in Virginia before the first novel in her Scarpetta series was published in the early 1990s.
Although intensely private, Cornwell was involved in a messy scandal in the early 1990s, in which her then-paramour, Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent, was almost murdered by her FBI agent husband in a frame-up scheme which also involved the abduction of Bennet's pastor.
Earlier this year, Cornwell, with the help of testimony from her spouse, Staci Gruber, sued Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP a New York accounting and wealth management firm, and Evan Snapper, a former principal in the firm for negligence and breach of contract, claiming millions in investment losses and unaccounted for revenues during their 4½-year relationship.
Cornwell also alleged that Snapper gave her shady real estate advice, advice that seemed to benefit his own associates, including the son of the actor Robert DeNiro, whom he referred to as Bobby DeNiro and caused her to lose additional millions in real estate.