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“OUT OF CONTROL”
Educational Romance 101
Over the years, I’ve heard more than one workshop speaker advise, “Write what you know.” I agree to an extent, but I know for sure that J.K. Rowling never attended wizard school. In fact, she led a rather uneventful life, struggling to make ends meet. I’m certain what she knew before she wrote the Harry Potter books, her life experiences, added to the magic of her stories, but certainly her subject matter wasn’t anything she knew. Most spy/FBI/DEA novels aren’t written by ex-spies or FBI/DEA agents. That’s what research is for.
Sometimes I shy away from writing something that interests me, simply because I know it will involve countless hours of research. There is no rabbit hole so deep and long as research. It typically leads to more research and tangents you never intended. What begins as a need to know more about firearms will lead to poisons, which then ends up at sailing accidents, which segues into cruise line murders on the high seas, and before you know it, your book about drug lord wars has morphed into Miss Scarlet on the Lido deck with cyanide.
But I digress. I want to talk about research from the reader’s viewpoint. How much have you learned from reading romances? I’m fairly sure my entire grasp of British history was learned by reading historicals set in the UK. All I know about serial killers and the FBI’s behavioral analysis and criminal profiling I learned from reading romances. My extensive knowledge of the Navy SEALs, which impressed my newly minted SEAL nephew, I learned from reading romances. I learn the most random things in romances, thanks to authors who’re willing to dive headfirst into the rabbit hole so that my reading experience will be more enjoyable and believable. I’m certain if schools would frame education within fiction, every kid would graduate with straight A’s.
So what will you learn from my romantic suspense, Out of Control? It’s set within the oil business, and most people aren’t terribly familiar with oil. They read about Big Oil and tax subsidies and oil spills and OPEC, and they fill up their car once a week with gasoline, and use countless products made from petroleum products, but how much does the average person really know about the oil business?
I do. I’ve been involved with the oil business since I was 22 and married my petroleum engineer husband, who brought me to the oilfields of west Texas. Everyone in his family, all of our friends, all of my tax clients are in the oil business. Our city booms and busts on the price of oil. We aren’t Big Oil. We’re Little Oil – people who gather fellow investors who plunk down many thousands of dollars to go poke a hole in the ground and hope and pray there’s oil down there. Many times, there isn’t, and they eat the cost of drilling. Some guys hit it big, some don’t. Some people make a good living by providing oilfield services, hotel owners make money from all the oil business people who travel in and out, and real estate agents sometimes ride the gravy train of booming housing costs. No matter, everyone in this town depends on oil to put bread on the table.
There’s a certain romanticism around the oil business, and even knowing what I know, the good, the bad, and the ugly, it’s still larger than life for me. I remain fascinated by every aspect of it, but what really gets my motor running is the danger. No matter how many safety precautions are taken, there is always a risk of serious injury or death in the oilfield. And not a typical accidental death, but violent, frightening danger from a blowout, something that can be triggered by the static electricity in your sweater – a window to Hell opens up and the fire is as beautiful as it is deadly. Sometimes there isn’t just fire, but poison gasses that will kill any living thing.
When I decided to write a book about oil well blowouts, I wanted readers to understand the difficulty in killing these types of fires and wanted it to be as realistic as possible. I hope I accomplished that. I also wanted readers to get just how critical Saudi Arabia is to the price of oil, and how the loss of even one piece of the Saudi infrastructure that provides oil to tankers would have a profound effect on the global economy. It all sounds rather dry and boring, doesn’t it? But this isn’t a textbook lesson on the oil business. This is a story about evil, money, oil, fires, love and death – a suspense that will keep you guessing until the very end, and along the way, teach you something you didn’t know before. But just in case I’ve made you nervous to give Out of Control a read, I’ll add that’s there’s also kissing. And sex. And Elvis. No, really.
Class dismissed. Thanks so much to April for having me here today!
Thank you, Stephanie, for spending time with us and our readers today!
What a educational and delightful lesson on Romance 101!
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And they thought the blowout was hot…
Oil rig blowout specialist Blair Drake is finished with men—especially after her disastrous marriage that caused her family to disinherit and cut all ties with her. But when Nick Robichaud, a handsome, roguishly charming oil well fire expert, wildcats into her life, throwing his devil-may-care attitude all over the place, the real sparks begin to fly.
Forced to work together to kill a string of sabotaged oil rig explosions, Nick and Blair discover a plot to cripple the world’s oil supply. Unless they stop the doers, it’ll mean global economic catastrophe. With time running out and their lives on the line, they risk everything to prevent disaster. But nothing can stop the fire between them from burning out of control….
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Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.
Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached at Stephanie@StephanieFeagan.com or Trinity@TrinityFaegen.com
She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.
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