Men in Black?

I rather looked over my shoulder for a few months after writing, ANNIE and THE MAN FROM CAIRO. It’s a research thing. In my book, Annie, an unhappy girl and Joe, a very nice former marine truck driver are hijacked by terrorists from Cairo and forced to participate in the blowing up of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The terrorist’s goal is to kill l000 educators and some of their children too. Nice!

So, what do I know about blowing up buildings? Not a thing!

I thought it would be easy to learn all about dynamite and explosives on the internet but it was not, so I was forced to google, and google again, day after day after day, words like explosives, terrorists, blow up, detonate. HIGHLY SUSPECT STUFF. I never did feel like I had a grasp on it, so I started writing to demolition companies, who all totally ignored me as some lunatic nut case.

Finally, I had to take the coward’s way out; I had my terrorists be as totally inexperienced and inept at blowing things up as I am. They were after all, run of the mill terrorists, deadly and determined terrorists, but not that skilled in the thrill of blowing up folks.

I got some terrific help from some people when I wrote my book; one lady sent me a map of the Los Angeles Convention Center restaurants and rooms. I’m thinking that might not happen in today’s climate. Ya think? Also from this same lady I received information on conference rooms, room capacity, and good stuff I could use for escape routes.

Hey, blowing up stuff is hard work.

You can’t help but learn things when you research for a book. I wanted to get inside a trucker’s head so I started communicating with truckers. (Truckers rock) I learned about human trafficking, which I’d not thought much about. It seems it’s almost as huge and lucrative a crime as drugs.

Truckers have a close community. There are two radio stations in my area where they banter with each other all night long, and it’s fascinating. These are very, very intelligent men, patriotic men and family men. Frankly I was amazed after spending months listening to their conversations. I’d sure like the truckers on my side if real trouble comes to America.

I was cleaning out things on my computer last week and found my research folder for ANNIE and the MAN FROM CAIRO. There were 90 folders of research. That’s the amazing part of writing a book; it’s possible to spend hours reading about a subject and maybe use one sentence in your entire book that you gleaned from that particular search. Usually I stick pretty close to the turf I know and that is California. Born there and lived there all my life until I moved to North Carolina a couple of years ago.

Well, I’m off to the market, but first, I’m going to peek out the window and see if there are any black cars with tinted windows and men in suits with binoculars parked on my street.

Ya can’t be too careful.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

For those of you here on hub pages who have not had the pleasure, mislizzee is one of our own, and a gifted writer to boot. She has spent hundreds of hours researching the rapidly growing Muslim movement in this country, and is perhaps on of the leading experts on this subject. She has written several hubs on this subject that are well worth reading.

In addition to writing the hubs, she has written and published several books. I have had the pleasure of reading the book she describes in this hub "ANNIE and the MAN FROM CAIRO", and you owe it to yourself to do the same, you will not be disappointed.

We have many gifted writers here on hub pages, and they all seem to run into a stone wall when trying to get an agent to even look at their work so they can be published. This is a real shame as they are as talented as many of the writers who's books are lining the shelves at your local bookstore. Let's help our talented fellow hubber's by clicking the links and reading some of their works. Click the link in the hub and check out these great books. Who knows, you could end up with an autographed copy of a best seller, and be able to say "I knew Lizzee when she was writing on Hub Pages."

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Dear Sweet OL Poolman. Thank you for your kind words.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Lizzee, I laughed when I read this. I've written so much stuff that required research on "forbidden" topics that it's become a running joke between me and my friends, that one day I'm gonna just disappear with no clues about where I might be. Whenever something weird happens, we all laugh and say the MIB are at it again. Congrats on your book! Wishing you the best of luck.

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you Terri. They say that writing a book is 5% writing the book and 95% marketing it. I really suck at marketing so probably my book will remain the best kept secret on Amazon.

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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

This is good, and funny. May I (please?) link to it from Hub articles where I researched 'forbidden' topics? Your title is almost a natural line to add.

Heh, and I don't worry about the FBI looking for me. I fully believe they (and others) have known where I am longer than I have been aware of knowing myself. Not because of anything I've actually done, you know, but because they fear the possibilities of their own speculations. Dear old Mom used to say she played hide and seek with them for fun on the streets of DC back in the Hoover days, and then made fun of them for losing the game.

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Hi Jim: Sure link away, and thank you for reading my hub.

Now I need to pull the shades and turn off all the lights.

You know what I mean.

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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Thanks, and, no need to hide and no need to turn out the lights. Rumor has it they are easily distracted by shadows on the curtains, but then, aren't we all?

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Take a good look around because those black cars are lurking somewhere! if you need help we'll be there!

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Glad my hub friends have my back.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Your book sounds very interesting. Best of luck with the marketing.

I would keep an eye out for black cars with dark tinted windows. Then you have to consider your cell phone will let them track you while you do all your errands!

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

thanks Pamela. I just smashed the s --- out of my cell phone. :)

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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I agree that your book sounds interesting...research is so important, but I can see why the info centers might be looking at you...just hope they also read Hubpages, so they know why you were researching it.

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