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Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Cassandra Carr

The FBI probably wants to talk to me…
By Cassandra Carr

Most of the writers I know do the majority of their research online. And as we know, Google is like Big Brother – it’s watching us. It’s also recording every Internet search we do through their engine. If you didn’t know that, there’s your wakeup call. How do they use that data? Lots of ways, but one of them is for law enforcement officials.

Now, I’m not saying that myself or any of the other writers I know are doing anything wrong when we do research online, but can you imagine the dossier that’s got to be building for us? Mine says I’ve searched for steel BDSM collars, Gatling guns, nylon rope, and a whole lot more. You’d think I was planning some sort of invasion, but nope, I’m just doing research for my various books.

And can you imagine what it’s like to be a horror author? Or one that writes murder mysteries? They search for stuff like “how to get blood out of carpet” and “types of hunting knives”. *shudder* But hey, there’s a bright spot to all this – the FBI probably just thinks I’m a pervert. That’s okay with me.

What would your Internet searches reveal about you?

1 comment:

Lydia Nyx said...

As an author who writes a good bit of horror, I definitely agree. Thankfully I have a friend whose brother is a mortician so I can avoid a *little* bit of searching online for certain questions.

I think the most questionable thing I ever had to Google was 'can body bags be burnt?' I'm surprised the police haven't showed up on my doorstep yet.