Welcome to the Angel on Fire Blog Tour!
I’m exited to be a part of this tour!
You can find the entire tour schedule – here
At my stop today – I am doing a guest post by Author Jacquie Johnson.
It is all about research!
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and that you take something from it!
First off, some info on Jacquie!
I love research. In fact, when I was practicing law, my favorite assignments involved dusty legal tomes and a corner table in the library. There’s just something about libraries. Maybe it’s the quiet? Maybe it’s the calm, serene environment? Maybe it’s the smell of the books? Regardless, I spent many hours happily leafing through hefty volumes searching for a needle in a haystack.
I do far more research than necessary for each novel simply because I tend to get lost in my fact-finding mission. Although not all of the information I drum up makes it into the book, it does give me the background I need to create the plot and develop the characters. Odd bits and pieces of news or speculation on fringe websites send my imagination into overdrive, generating twists and turns that I didn’t originally plan. Sometimes in the midst of a conspiracy theorist’s discourse, I even find a plot for a future novel.
For Angel on Fire, I spent quite a few hours researching everything from how the FBI operates to the financial markets to computer viruses. I read until my eyes bled and then went back for more. The librarians thought I was a little odd at times and I had to explain on several occasions that I was writing a novel, not plotting to take over the world. I can’t blame them for being a little hesitant since I was checking out books on weapons and terrorism. In fact, my husband still half expects a visit from the FBI. Wait until he sees the books I will have to check out for my next work-in-progress.
I also combed the internet for information about stock market fluctuation. Although I took economics in college, my knowledge of the financial markets was pretty limited and I ended up begging some investment banker friends to explain more about how and why crashes occur. After I plied them with enough liquor, they were even willing to play what-if games with me and speculate about how the markets could be manipulated in the future as technology and software evolve.
Since I knew nothing about guns, I visited the local gun shop to find out what kind of weapons Angela and Chase would carry. The shop owner took pity on me and gave me a crash course. I learned more about different calibers and types of ammunition than I will ever need to know – I hope. I dry-fired several but didn’t have the opportunity to try one out at the firing range.
In order to develop Zach, Mac and Chase’s characters, I also spoke with several retired members of the armed forces. My favorite was my father who for the first time shared some of his experiences in Vietnam. Although I had asked in the past, it’s not a time in his life he likes to discuss.
As for the romance portion of my novels, my husband prefers a hands-on approach to research. He’s always up for the challenge of providing something steamy for my readers.