How Do I Do My Research
Now this is the part of my work I really enjoy talking about. Research sounds like such a boring word. It calls up images of the hushed atmosphere of libraries or of hours poring over very boring publications. But for me, research is really a treat.
First of all, my heroes are all alpha males in very alpha professions—the military, ex-military, protection services, cowboys, law enforcement. So the very areas I do research on are exciting themselves.
And I read, of course, but books full of exciting information. Right now I’m immersed in Inside Delta Force by Earl Haney. And I just finished a lengthy but very, very informative report on the Sinaloa drug cartel.
I’m fortunate enough to have human resources who don’t mind sharing their time with me. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to former members of Delta Force, Army counter-intelligence, the local sheriff’s department. the Special Agent in Charge of the local FBI field office. Ranch owners. Rodeo committee members. You name it, I’ve talked to them.
Field trips are also exciting. I was privileged to be able to visit LaRue Tactical, the company that makes sniper rifles for the Marines. And to spend an afternoon at Texas Armoring, the company that take ordinary vehicles and makes them more secure with armor plating, hidden gun ports, bulletproof glass—all the things you see on television. They took an afternoon to walk me through the entire process.
I have travel agents who help me with information on distant places as well as friends who have traveled there and eagerly shared their experiences and photos with me.
I’ve been lucky enough to fly in a helicopter and a luxury private plane, spend an afternoon on a private yacht, rub elbows with people on both sides of the law (don’t even ask), all of which has helped me flesh out my stories and hopefully make them as real to my readers as they are to the characters in my books.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about what my day is like. Stay tuned.