Thursday, January 21, 2016

Please Ignore My Internet Search History - T.H. Hernandez Guest Post

Every book requires research, some more than others. Part of the fun of setting your book in the future, an alternate universe, or a fantasy world, is that you get to make up a good part of your story world. This reduces the amount of research required over, say, historical fiction or a contemporary thriller.

Even though my novel is set in a fictional future, I still wanted as much authenticity as possible, meaning I needed to do my research. Not only did I need to research what technology is currently available, but where technology is likely heading, and how much the collapse of the world’s largest economy might impact technological advancement.

Those were the safe searches I conducted, the ones unlikely to raise any red flags if the NSA is monitoring my internet usage. But The Uprising is about a counter-revolution, war, hand-to-hand combat, shootings, and blowing stuff up. In order to make sure my plot remained plausible, I had to research where someone would could get their hands on black-market weapons, how to set explosives, and a few other things I won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything, but you get the idea.

My editor posted the above image on my Facebook page, saying we both needed a coffee mug with that on it. I know why I needed it, but wasn’t sure why she did until she informed me she always does her own research to make sure what I’ve written is accurate.

I had no idea she went to such lengths. It’s one thing to put your own future freedom on the line for the sake of craft, but it’s above and beyond the call of duty to take that risk for a client, even if said client is also family. At least if they come for me, I’ll have someone I know to hang out with. Plus, we both know a few cool new skills thanks to some scary internet searches.

The Uprising


Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.

After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he's ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan's involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.

Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure's on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to ask quickly or risk losing everything.

With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.

THE UPRISING is the third book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventures set in the near future.

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T.H. Hernandez Bio

When not visiting imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California ,with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog.  In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life.

When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.


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