In 2016 I enrolled in a year of tertiary study to help my writing. Not unusual, but I didn’t do a traditional “writing 101” type course. Uhuh. Not me. I studied biometrics.
This course (Certificate IV in Biometric Technologies) provided practical training in biometric recognition. Biometrics are biological or behavioural characteristics that can be used for identification or verification purposes.
As in most cozy mysteries my protagonist has a connection with someone ‘in the know’ from whom she can weasel out extra information. In the case of my story, that person is a CSI. So I want to make sure I know what I am writing about.
During this course I learnt things like face, fingerprint, iris and voice biometric technologies, court procedures and forensic digital imaging.
I loved it and can’t wait to start the refresher. The refresher? Yep, I’ve just enrolled in a 4 week course to keep my knowledge up-to-date in this rapidly advancing industry.
Have you ever done anything to help make your writing more realistic?