Research, take me away with guest Misty Evans!

Please welcome author Misty Evans to the blog today. As a reader (who has never written), when I read a book I rarely think of the research it takes to put a story together. I know it takes a long time, but I just don’t think much outside the enjoyment of the story. Misty is here today to tell us a little about her research.

Research, take me away!

Misty Evans PhotoAnyone who knows me knows I love to do research for my books.  Whether I interview someone who shares a similar background to one of my characters (FBI, hacker, journalist) in my romantic suspense stories, or I delve into ancient religions and lost histories for my paranormal and urban fantasy stories, I get whisked away to new worlds and exposed to fascinating people and situations. In author terms, we call this going down the rabbit hole.

In my latest release, FATAL TRUTH, I called on some of my own experiences with yoga for my hero and heroine who challenge each other to an asana competition. I read a biography of an Olympic gymnast to give my heroine, Savanna, a backstory, and I read up on an investigative reporter who was a key individual in Edward Snowden’s escape.  I went deep into the world of SEALs to get my hero, Trace, just right, and also dived into heat imaging equipment, and public access television stations just to name a few ‘rabbit holes’ I navigated. I also ran ideas by two techy guys I know who helped me in that field because I’m so not tech-oriented and the Shadow Force crew has some pretty swanky gadgets.

As a writer, I sometimes get bogged down with words and need to switch to visual stimulation. Pinterest to the rescue. When I needed inspiration for the Shadow Force International men, a new yoga pose, or an idea for the fictional safe house kitchen in Fatal Truth, I went to Pinterest. You can see my board for the SEAL inspiration here (you know, just in case you were wondering what some of the SFI brothers look like in my mind):

The other thing I research is music. Songs pop up regularly in my books, and in Fatal Truth, I needed code names for the Rock Star Security bodyguards. Rock Star bodyguards need corresponding code names, right? So say hello to Coldplay, Poison, and Megadeth.

I also listen to a lot of music during the writing process for each book. It helps me get in the right frame of mind and sometimes when the writing is flowing, you need some good music to go along with it. If you want to know my top songs for Fatal Truth, check out the book’s playlist.

I go down the writer rabbit hole often, but it’s the only way I know to keep my stories fresh and my characters entertaining.  A good plot, some damaged characters, and a chance at love draw me back to the keyboard day after day. And hopefully, the research and the writing create stories that draw readers back to my novels!

Thank you, Amy and the Magical Musings crew for inviting me here today to talk about a subject dear to my heart. I couldn’t create the stories that I do without a lot of research and it’s absolutely one of the great parts of my job!

So tell me readers, do you notice when an author has done her research? How does it make the story better?


Misty Evans was bitten by the writing bug when she won a contest in 4th grade with an essay about her dad. Today, she’s a USA TODAY bestselling author of over thirty award-winning romantic suspense, paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. To get your FREE Super Agent story and learn more about Misty and her books, visit her website, like her author Facebook fan page, follow her on Twitter, and share pictures on Instagram!

About Fatal Truth:

Fatal TruthShe’s an investigative reporter who lives to uncover the truth.

Feisty television host Savanna Bunkett exposes government cover-ups on her award-winning show, The Bunk Stops Here. When she digs into a rumor about a top-secret government project that’s producing “super soldiers” for the president, she suddenly finds herself on an assassin’s hit list. 

He’s the man who knows the truth.

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Trace Hunter is the only soldier to survive Project 24. After refusing a direct order from the president, he was branded a traitor, and his career imploded after the sexy reporter turned him into a national headline. He now works undercover for Shadow Force International, a secret group of former SEALs helping those who have nowhere else to turn, using his enhanced skills to fight for justice and protect the innocent. His first assignment? Protect Savanna from the one man who wants them both dead—the president.

One wrong move and they’ll be silenced forever.

Helping Savanna is the last thing Trace wants to do, but her unwavering determination to expose the president’s dark truth matches his own. She’s his one chance to set the record straight, and he’s her only chance at survival. When their mutual enemy closes in, can they put the past behind them and trust each other? Even if it means losing their hearts in the process? Or will secrets, lies, and forbidden passions cost them everything.

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7 Responses to Research, take me away with guest Misty Evans!

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Amy and Misty,

    Misty, congratulations on your brand new release, Fatal Truth! I loved reading about all the research that went into making the story. As a reader, I definitely notice when the author has put the time into getting the details right. I love experiencing new things and stories with great details make me feel like I’m having a real adventure.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Misty, awesome names for the bodyguards! I just got your newsletter, and, as I read it, I was thinking that you had to do a lot of research for that book. Now I seem you did even more research than I’d thought. It sounds like an amazing book! You rock! (or You Yoga!)

    I will sometimes read a book and think ‘This would never happen.’ It does ruin the book for me, and I will stop reading. My husband recently saw The Revenant. He said that, in real life, Leo DiCaprio’s character would’ve died from hypothermia in one scene. The movie is up for an Oscar, but my husband wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Hi Edie! I definitely fell down the rabbit hole with this story. 🙂 But it was worth it. It all came together and kicked off the new series just the way I had hoped.

      I watch TV Shows and movies with a t00-critical eye at times. Many of the NCIS or FBI shows make me roll my eyes. I don’t mind a little over-the-top drama, but some of the setups and actions of the characters are so far from realistic, it isn’t even funny. I’m with your husband on that one. If something is going to break the rules, then there needs to be an explanation.

      Thanks for having me back on MM today! It’s great to be here.

  3. Congrats on your new release, Misty! So lovely to have you here.

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