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(trust me, it is relevant to the post)
Over the past nine years, I have researched information on such topics as:
- using chemicals to set fires
- poisons that simulate death
- how to garrote someone
- hand to hand knife fighting
- assessing the time of death from the condition of a corpse
- the difference in damage a straight gunshot does vs a ricochet bullet
- how to hack into computer networks
- brainwashing techniques
I have also done quite a bit of reading on the role of women in middle eastern cultures, genetic engineering, conspiracy theorists, inner city gangs, and drug cartels.
I haven't yet had the occasion to look into explosives or sabotage, but given my curiosity and the range of the novels I like to write, it's probably only a matter of time.
My work is firmly in the range of SPECULATIVE fiction. It lives in the land of 'what if'. But because I care deeply about maintaining the suspension of disbelief and not breaking the spell for a reader, I do a lot of research to ensure the details are based in fact. I only hope that when the NSA or some other agency comes calling, they'll let me show them the novels I've written before carting me off somewhere.
Given that my internet searches will alternate discovering the correct dose of arsenic to cause death from the phone number for the self-service dog wash in my town, I'm obviously a dangerous sociopath who wants clean dogs.
What's the strangest or most outlandish thing you've researched?
What do you think that says about you?