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How far would you go to ensure your story was accurate? Thriller author reveals the extremes of her research and encourages you to do to the same

I have a reputation for doing extreme research. I don’t do it just because I get a thrill out of it. My novels are better because of it. Locations come alive on the page because I have seen them, touched them, heard them, smelt them, even tasted them. And it’s not just about getting to know the locations. It’s about meeting those people who have had the experiences I want to depict in my thriller, or who have the skills I’d like my characters to have. I’ve been lucky enough to interview detectives, hackers, criminals, Antarctic expeditioners, neuropsychologists, geneticists, past members of the armed forces and more. It’s about getting to know their lives, their personalities, how they speak, their fears and passions, their idiosyncrasies.

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