I enjoy writing about heroes, but sometimes it can be difficult writing about the world in which they evolve as heroes. Many times our hero’s occupation is can be difficult to write if we don’t do our research. In the past year, I’ve written a smoke jumper. That’s an entirely foreign world to me. Sure they jump out of airplanes to fight fires. But what do they take with them, who’s the boss, how do they work the fire? The questions are endless.
While in Atlanta in July, I toured Fire Station #4 with a group and learned about life inside a fire station, what the men have to deal with on a daily basis and the pecking order of rank. There were different types of trucks that are called out on different missions. When do they send out an engine? When do they send out a Fireman Rescue truck? Do they save kittens from trees (the answer is no).
Now, I’m writing a military hero and heroine who are part of a military special operations force. The heroine is a helicopter pilot. Talk about a lot to learn! She’s got all kinds of equipment she’s responsible for and the protocol of her job isn’t something I could guess. Thank goodness I have a friend who knows a little bit about it.
Half the fun of writing a book is doing the research into our protagonists’ lives. In my story in BESIEGED in HIGH OCTANE HEROES anthology, my protagonist is a soldier in an embassy raid. The situation is tense and the embassy is fictitious, so I had a little leeway in how I set it up.
Elle James (aka Myla Jackson) spent twenty years in South Central Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, retired Army and Air Force Reservist, she’s proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats or laughing out loud. Now, living in northwest Arkansas, she’s given up wrangling cattle and exotic birds to wrangle her muses, a malti-poo and a yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow skiing, boating, or riding her four-wheeler, dreaming up new stories.
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