Writing is such an interesting business! I loved being in school. I spent many years in college, changing majors several times along the road to a Master's Degree in nutrition. Ahhh, you say. Nutrition---an ideal background for a inspirational romance writer. <g>
But it was, in a way. All that studying was helpful for becoming a writer, because with each book I write, there's a whole new world to research while I try for accurate, evocative settings. Ranch settings, the Rocky Mountains and the Northwoods of the upper Midwest are some of my favorites, and our travels often end up as settings for my books.
I’m looking forward to the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans this May, not only for the chance to be a speaker, and to schmooze with old friends, but because the French Quarter and tours through the lovely bayous will provide such a great opportunity for research.
Writers not only strive to get their settings right; there are also the details and vernaculars of different professions and hobbies to consider. Believable behaviors of ranchers, or cops, or children, or even someone slipping into the murky mental depths of Alzheimer's all take either personal experiences or careful research.
I love using a variety of pets and other animals in my books--but that "research" often comes from our family menagerie. In fact, our son's favorite slithery pet had a key role in my very first SuperRomance back in 1999. I still wish I'd gone to vet school (a lesson in “following one's heart” that I've reiterated to our children many times over!) But now, I can slip into that world, sometimes for months at a time if writing about characters who are veterinarians and vet techs.
When you browse through books at your favorite bookstore, or online, what do you zero in on first?The type of story? Do any particular story settings intrigue you--or conversely, make you put the book back on the shelf? Let's talk!
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