Reader’s Questions Answered

For today’s post, I thought I would answer a question submitted by a reader. Here’s the question, “What kind of research did you do while writing? Is it a topic you’ve been interested in for a long time?”

This is a great question and I did a great deal of research on various topics for the book. I researched ruins in Peru and discovered a great deal about The Sacred Valley, which is an area filled with artifacts and structures left by ancient civilizations. I also had to learn about volcanoes as they play a key role in my book. A great deal of the story takes place in an underground cavern system under El Misti, a volcano in Peru. As I explained above, I also had to learn about the weapons used by the British SAS (Special Air Service) since Dumond, the Antagonist, employs former SAS as his mercenaries. There was also research into the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) program and the famous Drake Equation. The funny part about researching this, and my other two books, was that I sometimes wondered if some of my searches drew anyone’s attention. Given the reality of data gathering in the United States, brought to light by Edward Snowden, it seemed quite possible that one, if not many, government agencies might be interested in someone searching for ‘underwater explosives’ or the firing rate of ‘name your weapon’.

To answer the second part of the question, these are all topics that I have been interested in for a long time. I have always enjoyed reading about lost civilizations and ancient cultures, along with space exploration. However, the focus on the family aspect of the Randall’s is most important to me. In fact, I wove aspects of my own family life into the story.

If you have a question you would like to ask about my book, or the writing process, submit it through my contact page or email me at bob@robertrapoza.com. I love hearing from readers and will respond with a post to answer your question.

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