There wasn’t a ton of things I researched for The Genie Whisperer (which is how I like things, because I much prefer making things up to looking them up, hence why I write fantasy), but little things did come up here and there that required research – or that I looked into because I was curious. One of them was when I had Ali use Garan’s magic to grow rainbow flowers in book nine, The Three R’s of Genie Whispering. I wondered if there was such a thing as rainbow flowers, other than the two-toned flowers you sometimes see. The answer was not really . . . unless you artificially create them! 

Inspiration

Once I saw the article for how to artificially dye roses, I had to test it out. It was a lot of fun, and quite pretty, though to get multi-colored roses, you have to split the stem to put each piece of stem into a different tube of dye, which was no easy task. I tried to do two different tri-colored roses, but those only semi-worked out. Still, I liked how they looked overall and dried them after so I could keep them around! 

This next thing I didn’t really research for The Genie Whisperer so much as I learned it once at a museum and it always stuck with me, so I thought it would be fun to include in the series. In book eleven, The Gathering of Enemies, Mynoch recommends that Garan use a poison that prevents people from moving, but not from feeling pain. He then tells a gruesome little story that humans used to use that exact poison for surgery. Which is true

I discovered this at a fascinating museum exhibition on poisons of the world and was quite horrified to read that. And baffled. Like, how does something like that happen in the first place? You would think the patients would complain VERY early on about the surgery still hurting. And then I can only imagine that the surgeons refused to believe them, telling them that it was only in their minds or some such thing. Someone should have suggested that the surgeons try it out for themselves to see how much they thought it was in their own minds when they were the ones being operated on. 

Regardless of the horror, if I’d realized I would one day write a book with genies wielding plant abilities, I would have taken more notes at the exhibit, and The Genie Whisperer might have included a bit more poison attacks! Then again, maybe not.