Google is a writer’s best friend – or at least it seems that way sometimes! I’ve researched everything from bread baking techniques (for Danielle in Summer to Remember) to how to embezzle money from a doctor’s office (Spring Fever).
While we often pull from experience from former jobs, relationships, or current hobbies, sometimes we get to write about something we have no firsthand knowledge of!
I talked to a few of my other InspyRomance authors to hear their craziest Google searches and I uncovered some other unconventional methods authors have undertaken in the name of research and a great book.
Merrillee Whren did a lot of research to determine how chocolate was made for her book, A Place to Find Love. I actually did the same for my short story, Love and Chocolate, that is exclusive to my newsletter subscribers. I also may have used it as an excuse to buy and taste a bunch of chocolate (just to be sure I had the details right, of course!)
Elizabeth Maddrey had to research the US laws for a common-law marriage (for an upcoming release!) and Toni Shiloh had to determine whether a double-proxy wedding was even possible for her novella A Proxy Wedding.
Valerie Comer had to figure out what kind of life-threatening injury a bronco rider could receive! Apparently, broken bones and concussions are common, but deaths are surprisingly rare for such a “dangerous” sport! See what she found by reading The Cowboy’s Reluctant Bride.
Liwen Ho researched “no-kissing” clauses for her character who is an actor in An Extra Spark, and Jaycee Weaver did a great job researching about Air Force life as well as degenerative eye diseases for the characters in her latest release, Whatever Happens Next.
But, sometimes Google can only get you so far and you need firsthand experience!
Angela Ruth Strong had one of my favorite stories. To fully understand what it was like to be stuffed in the trunk of her car, her writing group gave her some first hand experience! You can even see the video on her FB page!
While I haven’t gone quite that far, I have asked my husband to “reenact” a kissing scene to make sure it makes sense! Are you surprised at all that he doesn’t mind? Haha!
Last Christmas, I bought coffee and chatted for a couple hours with an old high school classmate to hear about her experience in the National Guard and multiple deployments. I knew that one of the Bloom Sisters is currently overseas and I want to make sure I have the details accurate when I finally get to tell her story! I even recorded the conversation – I felt very much like a reporter!
For my book Spring Fever, I interviewed a former social worker about the adoption/custody process for a child who suddenly became an orphan and was being adopted by a family member, and I interviewed an old friend about their courthouse wedding ceremony for my upcoming marriage of convenience story, Poppy’s Proposal!
One of the things I have enjoyed most about writing is the challenge of writing characters unlike myself and situations I have never personally experienced.
What is something interesting you have learned from a fictional story?
Or — what career/experience would you love to see featured in a book by our InpsyRomance authors?