Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

“Research, Girl, Research.”


When I got the idea for Pause, my BF said to me, “Research, girl, research.” I took that to mean I could sit on the couch, eat a giant bowl of ice cream, and watch tons of James Bond movies. Why? Because Pause has a lot of spy gadgets and spy speak and spy worshipping in it.

I wanted to be in the FBI when I was a kid. Kendra, one of my characters, wants to be in the CIA. Coincidence? Nope.

Kendra developed many of the gadgets in the story herself. I love undercover gadgets. They’re neat. Back when I wanted to be in the FBI, my friends made me a bullet proof vest out of maxi-pads.  Believe me when I tell you it was not made for stealth, but it was still the coolest thing ever.

Besides getting fat while watching James Bond movies, though, I also scoured the internet. Cool stuff, that internet. Here’s some spy related stuff I found:

1. dead drop – secret location where materials can be left for later retrieval. (I actually kind of used this in The Grave Winner, but it was mentioned only briefly).

2. dead telephone – signal or code passed with a telephone without speaking.

3. FINESSE – disguises developed by CIA using Hollywood consultants.

4. microdot – photograph reduction of a secret message that’s very small.

5. PLASMA – device used to pick a lock

6. spy dust – a chemical marking compound used to keep tabs on people.

7. window dressing – used in a cover story to help convice the opposition or casual observers that what they are observing is genuine.

8. brush pass – something is passed between a two people quickly and without notice.

So yeah, cool stuff!

What about you? What kind of research have you done for your novels?


  1. They all sound like awesome gadgets… you’ve been very busy with your research… And I’m right there along you. It’s ongoing this research business. Yesterday I researched ore and fire – since I’m making up a different kind of metal… Then I researched bird cages… It’s always fun:)

  2. Oh how fun! Those are cool!

    For SS, I’ve researched animal tracking, archery, sword fighting, ale making, bat and reptile anatomy, to name a few. Nothing super deep, but enough to help me push through a scene and add authenticity.

  3. Tania – your research sounds super intriguing!

    Mysti – Yes! Adding authenticity is important.

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