I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.
Have you done much research for your novels?
Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
Some research, yes. I research as I write ‘cause I don’t know if I’ll need it until I’m at the part I need it, if that makes sense. And yes, I went through a whole bunch of ‘rite of passages’ for different cultures and stuff. It was way interesting!
Jade Hart, Pre-published author
Yes the manuscript I’m editing now is full of Hindu mythology. That was a lot of researching. Fascinating. I loved it! I’d get lost on websites and forget to write. The characters had a lot of back-story.
Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
I haven’t written anything yet that requires research – maybe someday!
Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
I haven’t done much yet. I need to do a lot of research for the first 6 adult contemporary novels I wrote: undercover narcotics, lawyers, Miami, The Bahamas. After I publish my first book, I plan on taking a trip to Miami. One interesting thing I looked into for that series was strippers. Learned a lot I never thought of—real exotic dancing is hard on the body. Strippers suffer from all sorts of maladies. For my next WIP, I’ll need to do some major medical research—some of which I’ll have to do before writing.
Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I did a TON of research into ovarian cancer for The Next Door Boys and for Left to Love. I read a lot of cancer blogs, and I think those were the most helpful. I just wrote a book with a girl who is going blind, and I had to do a bit of research for that one, but I did it as I wrote. I don’t think I’ve ever done research BEFORE writing, but I’m sure that research could lead me to a very cool story idea… Also. I’d die without google. “1941 Convertible” and I get like three choices. Awesome.
Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
For a fantasy author, I think I do a surprising amount of research, but I find that facts can really enhance your fantasy. My most recent project has me researching a lot of animal behavior. I’ve been watching YouTube videos that are both gruesome and fascinating, like watching a pack of wolves take down a baby moose. (Sad!) I also watched a YouTube video on how to skin a rabbit. Surprisingly simple, but ick!
Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
Not yet. I may have to gird my loins on that one. I discover interesting crap everyday.
Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
Since I’m mostly a pantser, I research as I go. Most of my research comes between the first and second drafts. But if the research affects the plausibility of the plot, I’ll research as I write the first draft. Lately I’ve been reading memoirs about bi-polar disorder and that has been fascinating!
Melodie Wright, Agented author
Not a lot of research. My stuff is generally based on a true story and, with the exception of a new MS I’m setting in the Florida Keys, I tend to know my subject. This new MS will require more research than I’ve done before, only because I’m branching out into the world of marine salvage/treasure hunting and setting it where I’ve never been.
Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I usually to research as I go. A few of my books required research, especially the one that’s set at a cirque show. I had to research dance, ballet, knife-throwing techniques, what it’s like to live in a traveling circus. I watched lots of YouTube videos, some documentaries, read books, articles, and blogs.
Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
I’ve only written one that required a lot of research. I tried to do it all before I started writing, but there were things I had to look up along the way. I usually find the research fascinating, but there comes a point where I get tired of it and only want to write.
Have you done any interesting research in your writings?