Sunday, 29 March 2015

Writing - Research and value

Writers all know how important it is to get their facts right and one way is to carry out painstaking research. With the advent of Google and other search engines it is no longer necessary to pack your bags and go to the places that feature in your stories. But there is research and then there's research.

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Hadron Collider

Then of course there is scientific research. It is often the case that innovations in the real scientific world can be introduced into fiction but the reverse is true. Innovation is thinking outside the box and then realising the outcomes in the real world.
I am reading 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking and much of his work is cerebral rather than practical based, but it struck me that it is the result of creative thinking on a mathematical plane.
You can look at research establishments such as the Hadron Collider above and I've no doubt that it will feature in literary works. There is a hint in Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' and even in the film 'Terminator - Rise of the Machines' of that facility. Another possible piece of equipment that could lend itself to literary works is the 3D printer. I can see them being used to 'print' guns and the like in future novels if not by me then some writer will consider the possibility.

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3D printer

Of course in real life there is the cost of all these fancy machines and sometimes I wonder at their true value. When they talk about billions of pounds to build and use such machines and yet we still can't cure athlete's foot it makes me wonder!

Having said all of the above there is value in visiting places that you intend to include in your stories. I find that there is something intangible, which I describe as atmosphere, that you need to experience to be able to give a reader full value when they apply their imaginations to your efforts. In the books I've written so far many of the foreign places included, I've been fortunate enough to have visited in the past and long may that be the case.

The books featured below are available in all formats.

My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thin collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.