Message From The Author

Dee Davis

Genre: General Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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Author's Message

Dear Reader,

One of the biggest pieces of advice given to aspiring writers is to write what you know. And if you’re an astronaut or a super-spy, then maybe there is something to that, but if you’re a middle-aged housewife who wants to write romantic suspense—not so much. I’ve never dismantled a bomb, held a gun, or run for my life (frankly, if I can avoid it, I never run anywhere—period).

That said, I do write what I know. I write about my experiences. The things I’ve seen, the people I’ve met. The places I’ve visited. And what I don’t know—well, I fill in the blanks with research. Lots of research. If you count all the papers, and books, and expert testimony I’ve read, I do actually know something about all of the things I write in my books. To make sure my writing is credible, I have to.

And I love the research. There’s just something so exciting about delving into a new subject and learning all about it. Double Danger, the newest installment in my A-Tac series, required a lot of research, most of it quite fascinating. I had to understand the workings of anthrax, should it be aerosolized. And I had to not only create an art gallery in Manhattan but add in an artist whose work was on display there.

I also had to understand trajectory and lighting so that I could write the shoot-out that occurs in a bayside warehouse in New Jersey.  In the real version, I passed on a boat tour of the island when I first moved here. There’s also a helicopter that crashes into the hospital at the beginning of the book. That idea was born from a real life event, a small plane that crashed into the side of an apartment building in Manhattan near where I live. I was in the hospital, only a few blocks away, at the time, and everything ground to a halt as the city tried to figure out what had happened. It was only an accident, but nevertheless, it got me thinking.

A trip to the Fulton Seaport and an afternoon spent jostling with the crowds gave me the inspiration for the location of the Consortium’s second attack. And a Fourth of July spent on a closed FDR Drive watching fireworks inspired the location for the story’s climax. Not the fireworks themselves (which were amazing), but the empty, silent highway after everyone had headed home.

Basically, ideas come from everywhere. Moments filed away in memory and then revisited and reshaped as the need within a story arises. And so “write what you know…” isn’t always literal. It’s an amalgamation of what a person has experienced, observed, and learned along the way. Sometimes with just a twist of fiction thrown in for good measure. Sadly, the Yankees didn’t win the World Series this year—but in my book, they did!

Happy Reading!

- Dee Davis

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