My current research revolves around the art of espionage. On the practical, and dry, side is How to Become a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual. This was the syllabus from the British Special Training Schools of the Special Operations Executive from 1943. It’s in outline format, so doesn’t have a lot of explanation. Still,

Read More

​Today before I started editing, I realized that the picture I had in my head might not be accurate enough for the detail I needed to include in my scene. I needed to find a photograph to work from. Or, in this case, I found a video on YouTube that shows a boat​ passing underneath

Read More

This recent interview with former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison on the Star Talk Radio podcast brings up some fascinating points about long distance space travel. For example, with weight being closely monitored, how do you handle people’s clothing needs if you can’t bring along cartons of clothes? I think this episode would be a great resource

Read More

In last week’s blog post, I mentioned several of the podcasts I listen to mainly for pleasure, including Science Friday. In one of life’s cool twists of fate, a couple of days after that post, I listened to a back episode of Science Friday. One of the segments was an interview with Sam Kean, the

Read More

Thanks to a mention on the Writer’s ​Detective Bureau podcast, I’ve added yet another podcast to my research​ playlist. It’s called Authors of Mass Destruction​ and is hosted by national security expert ​Dr. Natasha Bajema​. ​As anyone who has read WAR: Disruption will remember, I mention a new weapon of mass destruction in the book. I’m

Read More

I just discovered a new podcast aimed at helping writers get the facts straight when writing about the police. It’s called Writer’s Detective Bureau and is hosted by Adam Richardson, a police detective in California.  Although I don’t specifically write crime fiction, I never know when one of my characters might have a run-in with

Read More