Welcome to the Big Reveal
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 un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
Do you do much research for your novels?
Valerie Cole, Agented Author
I love to research. It’s my favorite part of writing. I usually research before, during, and after (to check, double, and triple check).
Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
No, not yet, although I think that’s a definite possibility.
Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
LOL… that’s one of the reasons WIP#1 took so long. (I co-wrote a memoir about Donald Braswell, a former opera singer who lost his voice.) For WIP#2, I am writing first and researching later… I am *truly* scared I will use research as an excuse NOT to write, so I want to finish the first draft and then will correct all my mistakes. (But at least I will then have a first draft and not two chapters!)
Eileen Cook, Published Author
I love research- and not just because it’s a great way to procrastinate. I’d be writing- but first I need to do all this research. I’ve never done a historical novel that’s required a huge amount of research, but with every book there has been some. My next book has a character who is adopted so I spent quite a bit of time talking to teens who were adopted, reading about it, etc.
Kelley Lynn, Published Author
Most of my novels needed some research. A lot of the Contemporary ones need research on the places in the story. My Science Fiction one needed a lot of research on outer space. That one was super cool and even though I don’t know a whole lot, I know more than I did. (And hopefully it sounds like my MC knows EVERYTHING ). My thriller needed some research too because it takes place in Chicago and I know a good amount about the location, but not a ton. Plus I’ve never been in trouble with the FBI so I had to research how all of that worked.
Ironically, the only novel that didn’t’ need research is the one that’s currently published…haha.
Lara Schiffbauer, Published Author
I started a novel that I had to research the location and facts about a manuscript I was using in the story, and I did that before I started writing. For Finding Meara, I researched as I went along. I was already familiar with most of what was in the book, so I could write along until I got stuck.
Chloe Banks, Agented Author
I don’t do historical novels or anything like that, but all novels require some research. I do a bit before I write Draft One, then at the end of that I know how much more I need to do. My first novel required me to know about the major abstract art movements which I knew nothing about so that was really interesting to learn. My current novel requires me to know about the system of points and signalling on British railways – not so fascinating!
Have you ever written a novel that required a lot of research?