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Long Distance Space Travel

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 […]

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A World War II Scientific Thriller

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 […]

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Authors of Mass Destruction Podcast

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 […]

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Getting the Facts Straight – Police and Crime

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 […]

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The Life of a Spy

A while back I was listening to the Kobo Writing Life podcast and they interviewed author Ben Macintyre about his non-fiction book The Spy and the Traitor. The book tells the story of KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky who became a double agent for MI6. I found the interview with Macintyre so fascinating that I immediately put […]

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Andros Island

The above photo is of Andros, Greece. Nope, I had no idea there was an Andros Island when I gave Niko and Rafe their last name. The only reason I found out about it is because at the day job I use a Windows computer. Windows 10 has this lovely feature where it shows you scenic […]

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RESEARCH – Women’s Fashion

Yep, I’m back researching fashion again for WAR: Retaliation, Book Four in my WAR series. Only this week, I’ve been researching women’s fashion.WOMEN’S CLOTHING Fashion is a big deal in West Africa. Women take great pride in dressing up and when I was living there it wasn’t uncommon to see women very nicely dressed even on the […]

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RESEARCH – Men’s Fashion

Here’s what I’ve been researching this week for WAR: Retaliation, Book Four in my WAR series.Men’s wigs  I wanted to have my hero be in disguise, with his hair temporarily dyed. However, my hairdresser explained that there really is no such thing as temporary hair dye. Uh-oh. So I had to discard the scenario I originally […]

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RESEARCH – Fleet Week (Part 2)

As I wrote in my previous post, San Francisco’s Fleet Week has provided me with some wonderful research opportunities. This year I went in with the primary goal of taking one of the ship tours because the draft of my current book, WAR: Retaliation, has a pivotal scene on a cargo ship. Unfortunately, the military cargo […]

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RESEARCH – Fleet Week (Part 1)

When most people in the San Francisco Bay area hear the term Fleet Week, they probably think of boats and planes. In 2016, I discovered a hidden gem of this annual event. When I saw that the activities included The Humanitarian Village set up by the US Marines and various humanitarian organizations, I knew I […]

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