August 27, 2016
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In Cambridge, UK, I visited British Antarctic Survey to learn about Polar survival equipment, clothing, and hazards, such as white-outs. Then in Bristol, I interviewed Professor Martin Siegert, the leader of an Antarctic expedition to discover new life in a subterranean lake in 2012. As a result of his kindness in spending time with me, I hope I have brought to life the remote camp and ice-drilling operation in Devour.
When I made the decision to buck the action thriller trend of male lead characters, I realised that Olivia Wolfe would need to be resourceful and capable of defending herself. So I enlisted the help of a crown prosecutor and martial artists, who demonstrated how women can use Jiu-Jitsu and everyday objects in self-defence, such as metal water bottles and key chains. As Wolfe fires a pistol in Devour, I wanted to know how to load and handle a gun. This I did at a shooting range with an instructor.
I love doing the research but I have to know when enough is enough. At some point I have to apply what I have learned and write the book!