Hydroxyapatite implant – Bet you didn’t know I was going to say that!

Great word, huh – No, I didn’t make it up, the name is real, but what’s really great is that doing proper research brings you extra gifts, it throws into the open these wonderful little details that capture the imagination more than the main theme does – so, in the case of a hydroxyapatite implant (a prosthetic eye), the name is wonderful, but the real gem for me is the fact that the material comes from reef coral, giving you that little extra depth of information that you can relate to, something that brings a sense of wonder from outside your normal sphere of existence (assuming you’re not an engineer of surgical gadgets and/or prostheses).

The material from reef coral, coated with sclera to make it smooth, is perfect for being both lightweight and porous, it means the muscles, blood vessels and nerves can attach to it, making it permanently set in place and able to move naturally. It becomes, in effect, part of the body. I love that! How ingenious the human animal is!

It’s the detail that does it. I do love that sort of accurate detail in a book, the things that lift the story right out of the pages and brings it to life. This is where research trumps made up stuff every time. Made up stuff doesn’t bring forward this sort of item detail (I’m not talking plot here, which, of course, can be brilliantly detailed and complex).


Researching guns and weapons handling brought another one. The automated safeties of a Glock are brilliant and fascinating, but you feel like you are hands-on yourself when you learn that when you’re loading a clip, getting that last bullet in can be a real bitch against a new spring. It makes perfect sense, it’s just not something you’ve thought about unless you’ve done it.

Some people leave the last bullet out. Now there’s a story waiting to happen, a game-changer because that last bullet wasn’t there… or because it was, the shooter pushed beyond that resistance and for the first time used a fully loaded clip. There’s tension in that one – did they or didn’t they?

The big stuff is important, but the little stuff brings it home. That’s the stuff I love. That’s the stuff that excites me. It’s the stuff on a human level that I didn’t know at all until I looked it up or got hands-on.

Hydroxyapatite implant – great. Made from reef coral – Amazing!

Update: In case you’re wondering where I got that example from – I didn’t get it from anyone’s book, I put it in my own. Same with the last bullet in the clip detail. Yep, I got them from doing my own research and both are in The Khekarian Threat.

Happy researching your thing of choice, everyone, and have fun finding those little gems.

Cheers!  😀


2 thoughts on “Hydroxyapatite implant – Bet you didn’t know I was going to say that!

  1. Uzoma

    Hello Allyson,

    Research is an integral part of writing, especially when the author is after credibility and not just storytelling alone. It’s amazing to read what you had to say about Glock (love the pistol, but don’t have one) handling. I never knew about it until you mentioned it.

    Hydroxyapatite is new to me, I admit. I love that you pay attention to details. I’ve learned it is the backbone of good writing.

    Blessings, my good friend.

    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Uzoma,

      I love research. It’s amazing how many times I’ve approached something, thinking “this is going to be hard work to grasp” only to find the subject is delightful. It’s always the human element that brings it up off the page – that last bullet going into a clip. What goes through a person’s mind when they are dealing with that task? There’ll be a range of thoughts, for sure, but there’s going to be the thought – “Is this the bullet I need to save my life?”

      Glocks – you put your finger on the trigger and the safeties are off (just as I described in The Khekarian Threat when Jackie was training Raoul’s crew).

      In police enforcement, including here in NSW, Australia (but also in many places in the world), a Glock is standard issue now. It has reduced stress amongst officers because one of the things that police officers worried about when called to draw their weapons was whether or not they had taken the safeties off. In any situation that’s life or death, that’s a stressful thought to have, and a Glock was the solution for that.

      I love, too, that Glock started off as curtain railing manufacturers – I mean, you can’t make this stuff up! It’s great! 😀

      Hydroxyapatite being reef coral just spun me out entirely – wonderful, wonderful stuff.

      I never know what I’m going to find when I go researching, but you can bet I’ll pick out the best bits to bring into the story.

      Blessings to you, too, have a wonderful day/evening. Cheers!


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