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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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RESEARCH – Strange Bedfellows

As a romantic thriller writer, sometimes my research leads me in very different directions. For example, my heroine Emily in WAR: Disruption is a former principal ballet dancer. This led me to read Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, the autobiography of American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland. In order to understand my villain, who […]

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