Day 2 of this Blogiversary event see's author Karen-Anne Stewart spotlighted with a guest post on the research that is needed for her to write her books. I invited Karen-Anne to join in as I connected with this lovely lady on facebook, when I asked if the other two books from the Rain Trilogy were available to buy; as I was loving Saving Rain so much; that she very kindly offered me books #2 and #3 to review for free!! (I was still a very new blogger at this point and I was thrilled that an author would be that generous, especially when all I was hoping for was a link to be able to purchase them)!
On to Karen-Anne's Guest Post:
When Novel Research Makes You Paranoid the FBI is Going to Show Up at Your Door.
Writing novels involves many different tasks before the actual act of creating the story begins; research is one of them. I was always one of those students who loved researching topics for term papers, so when I knew putting my nose to the grind would be involved after deciding to follow my longtime dream of becoming an author, I was thrilled! With Saving Rain, my debut novel, learning more about martial arts, psychology, and the beautiful scenery of Washington D.C. was amazing. That enthusiasm quickly transformed into deep sorrow and rage when my research turned to human trafficking. I was horrified by what I read. I had to take turns between researching the depraving subject of trafficking and the intricate workings of computers to keep me balanced emotionally.
The areas of research that I enjoyed did make me a wee bit paranoid that I would get a close, personal lesson on how the FBI works, beginning with them cuffing me and hauling me to a federal prison because of my topics of study. In one day, I googled how to hack into bank accounts, how to build a bomb, and the various types of heavy artillery. Yep, a part of me really was expecting a knock on my front door. I even had my speech prepared, which started something like… ‘Hello Special Agent, I swear I’m completely benevolent and am not in any way, what-so-ever, a terrorist. Really, I’m just an author and only researching the derelict deeds of villains for my book….honest!’ Thankfully, the dreaded knock of the law never rapped on my door, which caused me much relief and infinite gratitude. I do jokingly wonder if I’m on someone’s ‘watch list’ somewhere. That thought is both terrifying and a little enticingly exciting, bringing out the impish, deeply reserved, bad girl side of me that has been dubbed ‘Roxanne’ when that rare alter-ego of mine peeps her head out from my usually extremely shy, well-behaved self. That fleeting feeling quickly dissipates when I realize that I always want to be on the good side of the law; I guess my bad girl side really isn’t so naughty after all ;).
When I focused on the trafficking part of The Rain Trilogy, I whispered a prayer for the FBI and all of the victims and survivors of sex trafficking out there. To say I was outraged is putting it mildly. The hell these women, children, and even men go through is beyond inhumane. I strongly recommend for readers to check out organizations like the Polaris Project and Shared Hope International to see how they fight daily to end this form of modern day slavery. The statistics are daunting and growing. I’m happy that I decided to follow my dream of becoming an author, not only because I feel more like me when I write than I ever have before, but also because it brought me to the research that has touched my life in so many ways. Due to what I learned, I’ve taken online classes regarding human trafficking and will be taking more soon so I can be better equipped in the fight against trafficking.
Research for recently released novel, Ash to Steele, was much more enjoyable (for the most part), and the research I’m currently digging into for my upcoming paranormal romance novel, Feel, is extremely interesting! I now entertain myself musing if those people monitoring my figment ‘watch list’ are amused or further concerned with my studies of psychic abilities. Either way, the myriad of topics authors research must provide endless entertainment for those around them.
Karen-Anne Stewart's Books-
The Rain Trilogy Book #1
The Rain Trilogy Book #2
The Rain Trilogy Book #3
Ash To Steele
About Karen-Anne Stewart-
Author of New Adult Romance who doesn't shy away from writing about sensitive issues and hot heroes.
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.
When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.