I have a confession…..I don’t do a great deal of research when I’m writing. It all comes from my imagination….unless something pops up that I can’t make up. Take, for instance, Teacher’s Pet. There’s the classic romance triangle….man caught between the new woman in his life and the one who refuses to let go. But in this instance, the woman scorned decides to claim sexual harassment. I had to stop and contact a member of our school board to find out what would happen if a teacher were accused….not by a student, but by another adult in the community.
In another book, All She Ever Wanted, there’s a reverse Romeo-Juliet issue. Marc’s father is doing everything he can to keep his son from being with Amber, and at one point even goes so far as to have her cafe shut down due to (bogus) Health and Safety issues. I had to contact both a lawyer and a City Building inspector to understand what happens during that process.
When I was researching eating disorders for Love Weighs In, I re-read several books I’d loved on this subject, plus copied several pages of a library reference book…..then used very little of it in the actual book. The toughest part was when I called an eating disorder clinic and it took me ten minutes to prove I did NOT have an eating disorder and was honestly doing research!
But How Can Research Open New Worlds?
I have another confession: Back in college, when I could not decide between two men, I half-joked that I wished polygamy was legal, and the three of us could simply have an ‘arrangement’. Ultimately, I did choose between them, and I chose the wrong one. However, about ten years ago, I began reading more and more BDSM books and M/F/M or even M/M/F books, and enjoyed them.
So I was actually ahead of my time? LMAO….but no, I never acted on it, and have been married to the same man now for nearly 30 years (not the one mentioned above, btw! The relationship I chose ended shortly after, and I fondly call the other one ‘the one that got away’.)
Then There’s History….
My HS history ended with WW2, and I didn’t learn about Vietnam until a college Geography class. I was thrilled when PBS aired the Vietnam Documentary last year, and it cleared up a lot of confusion. I also gleaned some details from reading Danielle Steele’s Message From Nam.
What about YOUR experience? Has research opened your eyes to new ideas, or historical truths not taught in school?
I have another rare weekend off! Con season is beginning to wind down; I only have two events this month, and two next month, in addition to my cousin’s wedding. See you back here next week!