How much research did Double Blind take?
Quite a bit. It’s a new field for me. I collected articles and watched TV specials over the course of a couple years, while I was working on other books. When it came time to write Double Blind, then I really had to delve into the world of how the brain works and what technology is currently doing in the area of the brain.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Double Blind?
Just how far brain technology has come. Although the Empowerment Chip in my story is fictional, it is based on cutting-edge technology that has dealt with treating depression through brain implants. And all the experiments and technology mentioned in Double Blind are actually true.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Writing! Creating a story that lives up to my brand isn’t easy. And it’s not getting any easier, even now that I’m working on my 25th book. My Seatbelt Suspense® brand carries a four-point promise: fast-paced, character-based suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. I can think of plenty “what-ifs” for a story but end up throwing them out because I don’t think they’ll live up to the brand.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The interaction with readers, both online and in person. They are wonderful people—people I may never have met if it weren’t through my books.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I’m on the Advisory Board of ACFW—American Christian Fiction Writers. I’ve been a member of that organization almost since its inception. Years ago the board met at my home to write the bylaws. It’s wonderful to see how ACFW has grown from a small group of under 100 authors to an organization now 2600+ strong, and with a real voice in the industry.
I also serve as the emcee at ACFW’s annual writers conference each year. That conference is a wonderful time of teaching for all writers of fiction, from beginners to multi-published.
What new projects are on the horizon?
Well, I’m working on the next book, of course. Suspense. And after that will be another and another. It’s a little too soon to talk about the storylines of those books quite yet.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading the Double Blind?
Double Blind carries the message that God is always with us even when we don’t feel Him. And many times in the depths of depression and/or PTSD, people don’t. Too often we allow our feelings to dictate. (“If I don’t feel Him, He must not be there.”) Thank God He’s not as ephemeral as our emotions!