IS THE FBI LOOKING FOR. . . . . . ME?
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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