When Life Imitates Fiction

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

10382531_834182046610280_5507404277748554476_oDetails 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.

10344253_834182053276946_9122104639887628243_oFor 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.

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16 Responses to When Life Imitates Fiction

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Chris and Cecilia,

    I love how you research not just the facts, but the feel. Makes it more real! For me, a wrong detail can break my immersion in the story. A backseat in a Lambo, the lush strings of Chopin (known for piano works). I love reading strong stories with real details. I feel like the author cares enough to get it right, and I get to learn something new too.

    Looking forward to Alternate Connection!

    • Thank you, Mary! The research part is so much fun. We get to learn a lot too and that makes for a great experience for us as well.

      We look forward to sharing all we learned for Alternate Connection soon. 🙂
      Chris Almeida`s last blog was …Driving a Weapon

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Chris and Cecilia, welcome to MM! I do think it’s important to get the facts right. When I’m reading a book, and I see something wrong, it jerks me right out of the story.

    I know Amy is a big fan of your books! Congrats on your success!

  3. Amy R says:

    Thanks for joining us today Chris & Ceci! To answer your question, yes, I like it when an author provides as much accuracy as they can in a story. Some people think you can only learn from nonfiction books, but that is not true. If an author does their research correctly, readers can learn a lot from fiction. And, yes, I have looked certain information up after reading a fiction book. Not to double check the author, but because I want to learn more about a topic they wrote about, whether it be another location/country, type of gun the characters used in a scene, or about a particular career the characters worked. There is just so much knowledge in books. Congrats on the success of your Countermeasure Series and I look forward to more books in the future.
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: TAMING HIS TUTOR by Natalie Anderson

    • Thank you, Amy! We do the same. Sometimes a topic is so interesting we have to dive in and learn more. That happens to me a lot when I read scientific articles. We find a lot of our inspiration from spinning amazing factual information.
      We look forward to many more interesting conversations in the future.

      Chris Almeida`s last blog was …Driving a Weapon

  4. Danille Dillon says:

    Hi guys! I, too, am glad that you take the time to research your facts so that your stories are true to life and accurate. Too many times, I’ll read a book and say to myself “no freakin’ way that happened!” but not with yours! Thanks for caring enough about your readers to get it right! <3

    • Thank you, Danille! Research benefits both of us as well as the final product. We love getting to know more about many different topics.
      Glad to know it’s appreciated by our friends as well.
      Chris Almeida`s last blog was …Driving a Weapon

  5. Amy, always a pleasure. Thank you for having us.

    As with everyone else, as a reader when I hit something in a story that sounds off, it’s like hitting a brick wall. I will say research is almost (stress almost) as much fun as writing. 😉

    Mary and Edie, thank you!

    Danille, it brings a smile to our faces to know you are enjoying the crazy ride. <3

  6. Lori Myers says:

    I can forgive a lot if the book interests me, but the one thing that is guaranteed to be unforgiving is false info. I can tell the authors that are serious about giving me the best, most realistic read they can. Whether it is sci fi and the possibility of an object existing and connecting it to something relevant in the here and now, or fantasy working with the laws of nature, or heroic fantasy being based on events that actually happened- the more research the author does, the more it is plausible and the more enjoyment I can get out of the story. If an author feels something is as important to mention (for example, Chopin) they had better make sure the detail is correct (piano vs. strings or orchestra). I guess I am detail oriented cause I will dwell on that incorrect fact for the rest of the book and yeah, it does bring my estimation of the author down a few pegs. When the details are correct, it only improves the story. I think that is one reason that I adore Chris and Ceci’s stories- the realism. So far, they have not written a single character that doesn’t seem real. (yeah, don’t get me started on George) Realism only helps a book. BUT there is a fine line between correct details and overwhelming a reader with too much and bogging the story down. Give me just enough correct detail and let my mind do the rest.

  7. Welcome to MM, Chris and Cecilia. As a historical author, research is a huge part of my process, and I go to great lengths, and spend a lot of time, making sure I have everything straight. Obviously, because it’s fiction, I do make things up or I’d be shelving my books as non-fiction, but I use the history of the day as an integral part of my story, and always tell the readers what I made up in my author’s note, so they know which parts were factual, and which parts were fiction.

    All the best on your series!

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