Research. In every novel, there comes a point where a writer needs to embark on research. Generally, it’s extensive.
For Book 1, I did a lot of research on places–Malibu, Washington, DC…along with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Hoover FBI Building, the Cote d’Azur, France; diamonds–specifically the 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity, & carat weight).
In Book 2, I surfed the web for intel on the DOJ–sentencing guidelines and federal correctional facilities (FCIs), the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and the FBI’s chain of command, the CIA, African diamond mines, and guns…specifically Glocks and high powered sniper rifles.
Book 3 had me scouring locales in New York City and all over the world map looking for the coordinates 6 – 6 – 6 (you’ll have to read the book to find out about that tidbit!), and information on memory loss.
For Book 4, I leaned heavily on my math grad student son (who now holds a bonafide Ph.D. in math and is a math professor at Cornerstone University) for every detail on the RSA code used by banks and all sorts of other high profile institutions, and back to the Internet for research on Moscow, Russia (Red Square, Lubyanka Square and the Lubyanka Square Building and Museum), the KGB and the FSB.
Book 5 was all about drones–the U.S. Predator and Reaper drones and a cool education in allies of China vs. allies of the U.S. as well as both countries’ enemies.
Book 6 took me to Maracaibo, Venezuela, and gave me an education in gunrunning and military weapons on the black market.
All of the books had some form of research on safes, vaults, and security systems.
So what am I researching in Book 7, you ask? U.S. and African shipping ports, various sizes and construction of shipping containers, luxury yachts–specifically the fastest yachts in the world–and a place to create my own “made up” island off the coast of Gabon, West Africa.
So what’s Book 7 all about? Stay tuned for more updates, specifically the publishing date!