I would like to thank David Wisehart for hosting my latest interview over at Kindle Author. You can read the full interview here http://kindle-author.blogspot.com/2010/07/interview-debra-l-martin.html
DAVID WISEHART: How do you research the science in your science fiction?
DEBRA L. MARTIN: My co-author, David W Small, and I like to have the science we use in our books grounded in reality. For example, in our Otharia books, we use crystals to enhance PSI [psychic] power. We wanted these "crystals" to be something that people would recognize easily and so we chose to use diamonds as the model. Anyone who has purchased a diamond knows that diamonds are rated by 4Cs - cut, clarity, color, and carat. We enhanced the 4C rule and had the Otharians discover another intrinsic “C” within the nature of diamond: conductivity, the 5th C. This fifth C is what fuels their PSI abilities and the largest 10K crystals open their portals for interplanetary travel.