When I first came up with the idea for Experiment X-One-Six I was originally a little daunted by all the science research I needed to do. Although I never hated science at school, I was never absolutely in love with it like I was with English and History. But I was soon lost in the fun of research, learning about DNA, viruses, white blood cells and growth plates. The ideas for the story began to develop further and I found myself researching rigor and livor mortis, thermal imaging, security systems and the Norse goddess Idunn. It sometimes surprises me the mix of subjects I end up researching for a story.
Years ago, before the internet, I had to wait until I could visit a library to do all my research, which would often slow down my writing. Sometimes it’s possible to make a note to check facts and go on with the story. At other times it isn’t. Particularly if a plot line hinges on a fact being a certain way. These days it’s good to be able to check facts and research information as I need it. Since I don’t do much planing I never know exactly what will happen next in my story.
The research didn’t finish there. I had so many other topics I needed to learn about. Anyone need to know how much blood is in the human body? Well, that’s in the book too. You can now buy the ebook version of Experiment X-One-Six on Amazon and hopefully the print version will be available later this year.