Please join me in welcoming Romantic Suspense authors Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey to the blog! While reading their books for the first time, I would send them messages during the times I experienced emotional highs or lows with the story, usually trying to get spoilers out of them. No such luck on the spoilers, but it did start a great friendship!
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When Life Imitates Fiction
Details can make or break a story. As Romantic Suspense authors, there is a limit on how far we can color outside the lines. Our stories are set in the here and now and, most times, deal with true to life possibilities. As a result, when we embark on a story, we like to be sure that our ducks are in a row that our facts line up. Granted, most who pick up our stories may not research it or know the topic in depth, but we would rather be as accurate as possible in our descriptions and story-telling.
Take our series Countermeasure for example. Countermeasure, Book 1, dives into the cut throat world of the pharmaceutical industry and the methods companies will take to obtain an up and coming drug. As part of our research, we reached out to a scientist within the industry to validate our understanding of the mechanics of that industry and how the development of a new drug progressed through the process.
We did the same when we embarked on the next adventure in our series, To Russia with Love. We researched the Russian Mafia and its rise to a contender in the criminal arena of data systems hacking. Little did we know that several months after To Russia’s release, a similar event to what we had written in our story would take place in in Saint Petersburg.
In our current, work in progress, Alternate Connection we are diving into the volatile environment of the Middle East. To deliver a compelling story, we are ensuring we understand what is happening in that part of the world both from a religious and political perspective and its impact on the mission our characters are undertaking.
For us, research is a key ingredient in how we draw a picture of our story in our and the readers’ minds. Creating suspension of disbelief requires life-like characters and situations. Although we may blur the lines a bit to fit the purpose of our stories and our characters’ drives, we prefer to keep it real enough that we’re always prepared for when life imitates fiction.
Do you like to see accuracy in the stories you read? Are you ever curious enough to search something an author mentioned to see if they had gotten it right?
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Thanks for hanging out with us on the blog today, Chris and Cecilia! Readers, you can learn more about Chris and Cecilia and their books by visiting their Website or connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.