By: Kylie Brant
Congratulations to "Jonetta A." the winner of Kylie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
There’s a Facebook meme floating around that says, “In case of my death, delete my browser history.” I find that particularly fitting as I neared the end of my latest book. A peek into my history after finishing Touching Evil revealed searches for cadaver dogs, necrophilia, sonar scan radar, electronic body sniffers, electric shovels, forensic anthropologists, medical examiners, Navajo culture, Raccoon River, psychotic drugs, decomposition, and body bags. This all makes perfect sense given the plot of the book. But it was jarring to be sitting in an in-service where the instructor gave us literacy sites and apps and mentioned how she’d spent the previous evening researching them. I thought, “Last night I was researching necrophilia. Yeah, that’s almost the same.”
It seems there’s an app for our every want and need. For the direction impaired, the navigation and map tools come in extremely handy. (Not that I have personal need for them, mind you.) My husband’s favorite app is Sound Hound, which will identify the music currently playing in the vicinity, with the date and original musicians who recorded it. My son attempted to use the app Dog Whistler to train his dog but the canine appeared to ignore the app just as easily as it did my son. A relatively strange but oddly useful app I discovered was RunPee, which will help you time your restroom breaks at the movies so you don’t miss a pivotal scene. Gym Shamer is much less useful. It tracks your daily workouts and then outs you to your friends on social media when you fail to stick to your exercise routine. And perhaps the strangest app out there is the Poo Log that helps you keep track of your…ah…poop routine and tracks trends for you. (Sometimes you just really have to wonder about the people who create these things!)
Which all started me wondering, what would it look like if writers designed apps based on our needs? Obviously there’d be an app for necrophilia because who doesn’t have to occasionally learn the habits and psychoses of those who love the dead? We’d have apps that put FBI, CIA, NEA and every law enforcement entity in the nation at our fingertips complete with a Siri-like expert that would answer every question we have about the agencies in question. And I don’t know about you, but I’d find it useful to have an app for weapons, gunshot wounds, sedation drugs, hand-to-hand combat and another to discover how long it takes a person to bleed out from various injuries. All in the interest of research, of course.
As a reader, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a much more intelligent search tool available that would find books for us that matched specific criteria we typed in, complete with sample pages for those we’re interested in?
Perhaps the best app I could have developed could be attached to each of my kids when they come home with helpful reminders to pick up after themselves as they move through the house. It could come complete with little electronic jolts when they fail to do so. Because no matter how advanced our technology gets, human nature remains constant.
Back cover copy of Touching Evil, book 2 in the Circle of Evil trilogy:
An unmarked grave. Two killers. And one woman who stands in their way... Forensic profiler Dr. Sophia Channing will be the star witness against Mason Vance, a brutal sexual sadist who kidnapped, raped and murdered six women. She can offer unique insight on the psychopath--she's his only witness that escaped alive. But the killer has other plans for her, even while behind bars. And when she's marked for assassination, Sophia realizes she's not finished with the violent psychopath either. DCI Agent Cam Prescott is providing Sophia protective custody while she continues her work with his team. Vance's accomplice is still on the loose. And as more bodies show up with the mark of the killers, Cam and Sophia begin to realize the terrifying breadth of the crimes. Their time is running out to catch the second killer. He's already picked out his next victim. And he's willing to go through Sophia to get her.
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If you could have an app designed to your preferences, what would it be? Who would it be targeted for? (One lucky commenter will be selected for a copy of Touching Evil, print or e-book!)
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