By Jamie Freveletti
I’m excited for my first post on the Rogue Women Writers blog! I write my own Emma Caldridge series as well as Robert Ludlum’s Covert One series. Both of these series give me ample opportunity to write about some of the most interesting geopolitical and biological issues facing us today.
Emma is a bio chemist that travels the world searching for plants and other things that have an application in cosmetics or medicine. Think “MacGyver meets chemistry” and that’s Emma Caldridge. Over the course of the four books in the series she has also been tapped by a government military contractor to handle undercover assignments in hot spots the world over.
In order to write the books, I place Emma in failing nations and exotic locales and I research everything and anything about these areas, both the geopolitical environment and about the unusual and strange plants and animals that inhabit the earth. That covers a lot of ground. But during the course of the four novels I’ve learned and written about many different, fascinating subjects. I’ve touched on the four below in various books. Did you know:
· On certain islands there are trees that drip acid sap? The Manchineel tree, with its yellow “death apples” (called beach apples by the locals) will burn you with its sap and kill you with its fruit. Don’t stand under one in the rain and never eat the fruit.
· In Colombia the FARC, a paramilitary group, once downed a plane on a highway and kidnapped a Senator? As KJ Howe wrote in an earlier post, kidnapping is BIG business in a lot of sketchy nations.
· That the common Salvia plant can cause psychedelic hallucinations?
· That bulletproof glass can be shattered, and if the attacker fires three shots in a tight triangular pattern it can shatter quicker?
I love writing thrillers and I love the research involved almost as much. I try to weave actual facts in with the fiction and end each book with an author’s note to let the reader know what is real and what is not. I’m halfway through the next Emma Caldridge manuscript now and when it launches in May, 2017 you can bet I’ll have added a new and fascinating fact to the above list. As we continue with this blog I’ll try to give a glimpse into the world of writing and researching thrillers.
And if you have your own story about an exotic location or strange occurrence you’ve encountered, I’d love to hear about it!