Today we have Kaylea Cross, one of MY favorite Romantic Suspense authors here to talk with us about researching for her new series, Bagram Special Ops. Take it away Kaylea!
Researching Different Jobs Within the Military
I’m Kaylea Cross, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a military junkie. No one’s really sure how this came to be, but I think it started with my love of history from a really early age and grew from there. I write mostly military romantic suspense, and one of my favorite parts of being an author is the research I get to do about my characters.
Now, being a civilian, I guarantee I won’t always get all the military details right. Sometimes I simply can’t find the information I’m looking for and have to make my best guess, or sometimes I have to manipulate a scenario to fit the plot better. At any rate, I love learning about what my military characters do out there, and I hope readers can tell that I gave it my best shot.
In my Bagram Special Ops series, I featured both military heroes and heroines, all of whom serve overseas in Afghanistan. I have Pararescuemen and Combat Controller heroes, and pilot and Security Forces heroines. Aside from reading non-fiction titles and scouring the Internet for info, I have one or two awesome inside sources I can go to with specific questions. One’s a recently retired Pararescueman, and he’s been awesome to me even though he knows I’m writing romance books (I love that guy!). I’ve interviewed pilots and other Air Force members, and even tried to ask something on a Spooky gunship crew FB page, but got shot down hard. Wasn’t my finest moment, and I think they’re still grumbling about me over there. Lesson learned!
On the whole though, people have been very helpful. Because I’m such a fan of the military, it’s important to me to portray our men and women in uniform in a positive light, and I love it even more when I can add in little nuggets of information I’ve learned during my research efforts. I hope readers will learn something new about various branches of the military with each of my books. Hey, it’s interesting stuff!
I hope you enjoy the book!