Thursday, August 25, 2011

I swear it’s research for a book!

Since I’m creating a work of fiction and only personally know a bit about what I am writing, I depend heavily on library books containing pertinent subject matter.  However, I am starting to wonder if my research is going to earn me a spot on an FBI watch list.  So far I’ve read books pertaining to serial killers, terrorists, land navigation, enhanced interrogation techniques, wilderness survival, booby traps…oh, and trees of the Pacific Northwest.

I’ll have to say, my favorite and one of the most useful was also what I would call a Good Read.  I have to recommend it…if this is your style…or even if it’s not.  Check out How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq by Matthew Alexander (his pen name for obvious security reasons). 

The story endeavors to prove so-called torture (enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding, stress positions, sensory deprivation, and more) is not as effective as simply outsmarting the terrorist.  You’ll have to read it to find out what happens…and to form your own opinions.  Just don’t read it on the airplane like I did…I got some funny looks.       
Not only have these books provided a wealth of information, but I am also fascinated by the content.  No, my attraction to these does not alarm me, as I’ve always had a somewhat gruesome taste in entertainment – but my husband may be starting to worry… 


  1. I am starting to wonder if my research is going to earn me a spot on an FBI watch list.

    lol You're not the only one! My critique group was meeting in a coffee show a few months back and we started talking about blowing up something. Of course it was for a plot of one of our books but, afterward, we laughed at what our neighbors must have thought!

  2. I agree! I wonder what my neighbors and poor family are going to think when they read my story. My plot is very warped, twisted, deranged...haha