The Big Reveal

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.

Have you ever written any novels that required a lot of research?


Danielle Bertrand
Yes, Most of my novels seem to be research oriented for some reason. Even though I know I can make my story be any way I want, I still like to have some sort of “truth” behind it and then put my own spin on it. I do research before and during, it helps the writing process. I have learned some amazing stuff of Norse Mythology and the Wiccan beliefs.


Jackie Felger
I do research before and during, and there are times I’ve done research in the revising process, too.


J.A. Bennett
I never done anything with a lot of research, but I do research locations and what not as I go. Pretty much all my research takes place on Google Maps. 🙂


Stephanie Faris
Usually the research topics come up as I’m writing. I do most of it online. When I wrote Piper Morgan Goes to the Circus, I wanted to go to the circus so badly! There were no circuses anywhere nearby for months, so I had to watch circus footage online.

Tanya Reimer
All my books require research. Most of it was done years ago, but in the moment, some things come up. Umm… how do you build a sod house? I have discovered some things that blow my mind. The one that had me the most curious led to an entire series. It was about this journalist who believed in a Utopian society. He was always there reporting events as they happened, all over the country. Given the time and how hard it was to travel he had me curious how he was managing that! And that led to a magical idea.


Trisha Leaver
I co-authored a YA historical titled SWEET MADNESS. It is a historical re-telling of the infamous Borden Murders told from the point of view of Lizzie Borden’s maid, Bridget Sullivan. I had to do a fair amount of research on Bridget’s background as well as the overall sentiment toward Irish Immigrants in 19th Century Fall River. As for interesting facts, here are a few I came across:
~The year of 1892 (the years Andrews and Abagail Borden were murdered) was a leap year
~Lizzie Borden had a Great Uncle Laddy whose wife drowned two of their three children in the basement cistern.
~ The skulls of Andrew and Abagail Borden are buried in a separate box behind their gravestone.


Do you do a lot of research for your novels?

4 Responses

  1. So funny–I’m doing a massive rewrite on Piper Morgan now and I REALLY need a circus! There isn’t one in sight but as soon as the book is turned in and I don’t need it anymore, there will no doubt be an announcement that the circus is coming to town. One was just here a couple of months ago when I thought I didn’t need it anymore. (Apparently I forgot how extensive the revision process can be!)

  2. Because Peter is set in the 1960s, I mostly have to research when things were invented so as to be sure I’m not being anachronistic. The YA fantasy I’m writing now, though, only requires me to look up the scientific names of classes of animals.

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