Status: 2 scenes finished
I love research. For me it is looking into the past. I pick a time and a place then I read everything I can about that era. I have not always been able to visit the country I am writing about before I have a finished manuscript. I have written westerns set in the Rocky Mountains and the Lakota territory. I have been there, seen the country firsthand. It is amazing how much better a story comes together, for me, when I have seen the land, the trees, the fauna and the way sky looks.
When I visited Scotland and England I brought home so many books my bag was over weight. I actually watched them search my suitcase on the tarmac before they loaded it on the plane. Kind of embarrassing and the incident left me feeling violated for several months afterward.
I have books from Hawaii, myths and legends, which I'm sure will eventually become a book. When I travel I take pictures. Digital cameras are so amazing because you can take sooooo many pictures. Some of the pictures have been used on my covers. Highland Song, the cover is a picture I took in Scotland. It was, allegedly, Queen Victoria's favorite spot.
I'm heading for New York and Atlantic City this fall. Hmmmm.... what kind of research will I do? I don't intend to buy books, but who knows. They are irresistible. And I could have a War Between the States or a Revolutionary War in the back of my head.
Happy researching to all. How do you research?