One of the most interesting parts of writing the Sex, Life, & Hannah series is doing the research behind the storylines and characters. Even though the first book in the series was mostly inspired from my personal journals, I have strived to push the limits of the follow-up books; give the characters some real off the wall ground to cover. I have always been fascinated by the normal stemming from the abnormal, the romantic being executed unromantically, the light always having a dark side, and things not always working out the way they should. I want my readers to both relate and feel better about themselves. Maybe this is a direct reflection of my own inner bewilderments (especially when it comes to love and sex), but I know I’m not the only one. Behind every rosy picture is a complicated story and that’s what Sex, Life, & Hannah is about.
This summer I finished the third book in the Sex, Life, & Hannah series. Each book has nine chapters, so at a minimum I learn nine new things every time I write a book. Here’s my latest nine:
- Vasectomy reversals typically have a fifty percent success rate.
- Diane von Fürstenberg is best known for introducing the knitted jersey “wrap dress” in 1974. Due to its influence on women’s fashion, the wrap dress is in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Transvestism is the practice of cross-dressing, which is wearing clothing traditionally associated with the opposite sex or gender. A hermaphrodite is an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present.
- Hong Kong is the most vertical city in the world, home of Kung Fu Cinema, and Ti Lung–one of its most revered actors.
- Jumbo’s Clown room is an exotic dance bar AND a Hollywood landmark.
- The Bunny Ranch, the most famous brothel in North America, has two locations in Carson City and one in Pahrump.
- Did you know that goat grabbing is the national sport of Afghanistan? It’s like polo but played with headless goat carcasses instead.
- Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made from steeping ume fruits in alcohol and sugar. Umeshu was brought from China to Japan as a medicinal drink in the eight century.
- Conrad Black is a Canadian-born member of the House of Lords, a historian, a convicted felon, a columnist and publisher, who was for a time the third-largest newspaper magnate in the world.
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