I have had a lot of questions about the research for my recent book, “Jacob’s War”, and, I hope to have the opportunity to provide a sequel to that book.
“Research” is something I’ve always loved, and it’s certainly a vital part of “Jacob’s War”. However, the drug culture was a reality check unlike anything I’d ever encountered. In the first place, there’s a huge difference between researching ideas and events for a novel–versus collecting vital stats on drug trafficking. Then, the personal cost–addiction–a cultural epidemic that affects millions of people from every corner of society. I collected current data and also met with real people who added another dimension to the actual process. For example, the members of my family that are in law enforcement, or the State and local operations that responded. The Federal level was very helpful and willing to do more that just hand over data. They took the time to meet with me, lending a personal side to the problems they face daily.
This “research” is the most fascinating, but also the most complicated, project I’ve ever worked on. I have no comparison on how America is doing with their war on drugs, except to say that we spend billions of dollars fighting the problem. Also, law enforcement in this area is enormous. The people that I came in contact with felt that they were doing the right thing and, at the end of the day, their results provide the most important data of all.
I had so much fun writing “Jacob’s War” that I can hardly wait to reconnect with AJ, Katie and their group…and several new characters have appeared. That means new challenges and professional growth. Also, I get to deepen their exciting, young relationship. Love, of course, always love. But first of all, more research.