My laptop and note pads are my best friends. I’m always jotting down ideas and doing research. You see my stories have a military twist and with three children that serve right now I have been lucky to be able to interview a few Navy Seals and a Special Ops Marine. Their stories helped my research. Well I also have terrorists groups in a few so I let the World Wide Web be my research guide. I tried to get my son to give me some information, but he said no. He was in Iraq and Afghanistan and I thought he could help. He told me that I should make up a bad guy for my story and stay off web sites that would get me in trouble. He is just too serious some times. I told him I wasn’t asking for major government secrets, just information so that I had my facts straight.
Well I found some sites that had the information I needed. Simple things like locations of camps, their operations, and even one on bomb making. They were on the web so I thought it would be no big deal to save them on my computer. Well there I go thinking.
I went to visit my son and his computer crashed and he needed a laptop for a briefing. I thought no big deal, and let him borrow mine. He was gone a few hours then called his wife. Told her I needed to come to his office. When I walked in I knew I was in trouble. There were four men sitting around a large table and I knew they were pretty high in rank with how impressive their uniforms were. I guess my son downloaded his information for their presentation into a research file, mine. Do you see where I’m going here? Your right, when he pulled up his slide show my web pages came up on terrorists in Pakistan and bomb making.
I had to explain that I was not going to take over the world. Just write a romance book. I was asked to turn over what I was working on to prove my innocence. It was a pretty nerve racking afternoon while he read what I wrote. He concluded that I was not a threat and deleted the pages off my computer. He asked how I picked the location of my terrorist camp. I told him a map and a dart. Where it landed was my camp. How was I to know that there was actually one there that the government was following?
This unfortunately is not the first time I got my son in hot water. Right after 9/11 I was so proud to have my children serving, yet so scared at the thought of them going to war. My son was in his senior year of college, but also in the reserves. Well he called me and told me that he volunteered to go active. He said they were pulling his reserve unit anyway so he was going regardless. I was upset and told him no. I wanted him to finish his last year so in the midst of my anger I found a website where you could e-mail the white house. I thought why not, no one ever reads them. They probably go to some black hole. I never gave my name or any personal information. I just told the president that little Johnny could not come out to play because he was grounded for not doing his homework, and he would not be able to come play war games or stay the night with the boys. It was a joke, but I felt better. Well they did read it and they did respond. With my name, address, sons rank and branch of the military. They basically told me that they did not need my permission for my son to participate because they were his mother now. My son called me and told me that his commander received an e-mail about this and asked me to never e-mail the white house again.
I know my son now wishes I wrote YA or paranormal.
So lesson learned, do not e-mail the White House, they do read everything, and never let your child borrow your laptop if there is anything there you don’t want them to see.
To be released late 2012, early 2013 through Black Opal Books,
Rescued from the Dark
What if you woke up from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.
Undercover Agent, Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.
Lynda Kaye Frazier
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