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Thirsty for Knowledge
5/21/2011 10:19:04 AM

Tap into an author's search engine with Romantic Suspense author, Maureen A. Miller

Thirsty for knowledge?

Nowadays, anything you want to learn, you simply type the question in your GOOGLE, BING or search engine of choice.  But think of an author’s mind as an alternative. There is an overload of data being processed there, with random knowledge existing on a host of diverse subjects. Speaking from the database accrued in my own head, I can dictate information on a variety of subjects spanning from the conjecture behind leopard spots to Mayan temple acoustics, to lobster fishing, or even Spanish trading in the 1600’s. The list goes on.

Maybe only 25% of an author’s research makes it into their books, so somewhere in their brain lurks this wave of knowledge that may never be tapped again. I aspire to one day find myself at a bus stop sitting next to a Mayan historian who wants to engage in conversation about the gods of the underworld.  You never know.

As a reader, take that knowledge and multiply it tenfold.  Every author has infused the reader’s mind with information overload. I don’t write erotica, but I get very defensive of random accusations such as, “It’s just 300 straight pages of sex.”  Even if it were, there is still research and knowledge involved.  Perhaps in the middle of those 300 pages the characters had sex in the shade of Mt. Rushmore. Maybe in the throes of desire the female character looks up into the granite eyes of Theodore Roosevelt.  Quite possibly, that reader did not know that Theodore Roosevelt was one of the faces on Mount Rushmore. They may also not have known that Mount Rushmore was made of granite.  The next day that reader may be talking to someone at the store who is planning a trip to South Dakota, and she could say, “Oh, are you visiting Mount Rushmore?”

In my new romantic suspense novel, ENDLESS NIGHT, Jake Grogan is an electrical engineer−a virtual MacGyver type. In researching the character’s background, I gained an overload of information that maybe I can put to use one day. For example, did you know that you can stack three quarters on top of a C battery to emulate a D battery!  While writing ENDLESS NIGHT I learned everything from building codes to the local beers on tap in Maine. The knowledge may be random, but it is still knowledge. We all know that knowledge gives us power.

I hope if you read the book…or any book, you walk away with a kernel of information that you did not know the day before and feed your inner search engine.

           Maureen A. Miller -

           ENDLESS NIGHT

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More Blogs by Maureen A Miller
• HIGH TIDE - Friday, June 28, 2013
• Do You Look At The Stars? - Friday, May 24, 2013
• Science Fiction, Cows, and Romantic Suspense - Saturday, April 27, 2013
• Are You A Movie Crier? - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
• Inventing Worlds - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
• A Funny Thing Happened... - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
• Responsible Writing - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• A Day In The Life Of A Romantic Suspense Heroine - Friday, April 27, 2012
• Golden Heart Suspense - Saturday, April 14, 2012
• Interview With Mitch Hasslet from JUNGLE OF DECEIT - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
• Is It Dangerous Being A Romantic Suspense Author? - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Just Romantic Suspense - Friday, October 28, 2011
• Grandma - Thursday, September 15, 2011
• Life On The Treadmill - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• What do 9/11 and Jungle Of Deceit have in common? - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Haunted Houses - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
• RWA Conference - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
• What If Your Book Became A Movie? - Saturday, June 25, 2011
• Sample Sunday - ENDLESS NIGHT - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
•  Thirsty for Knowledge - Saturday, May 21, 2011  

• Meteor Strategy - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Excerpt - WIDOW'S TALE - Thursday, April 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Snippet - WIDOW'S TALE - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• BORROWED TIME BLOG - Monday, March 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense in the Adirondacks. - Sunday, February 27, 2011
• WIDOW'S TALE - Snippet - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
• BORROWED TIME - Snippet - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• CONFERENCES - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
• Cliche - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• Blustery Romances - Saturday, December 18, 2010
• If I've done one thing in my life... - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• East or (really West) coast? - Saturday, May 16, 2009
• Good morning, America - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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