As part of her blog tour for THE CHARGE, I’ve asked Sharon Bayliss to come and share her experiences of how she researched her novel. As a writer who researches for my books constantly, I love knowing how other writers go about their process for researching their books. Plus, as part of her tour, we’re putting together a CONTEST
Research is not usually the fun part of writing, but when writing an alternate history like The Charge, it’s pretty important. To re-draw the state lines, I read the book How The States Got Their Shapes, and to learn about Texas history I read A Passionate Nation. Or, I read some parts of those books. J
Learning about Texas history was especially interesting for me because my husband’s ancestor Joseph Bayliss actually did fight at the Alamo. That personal connection made history more relevant and alive. You can learn more about Joseph Bayliss here.
However, most of my research was done with good old-fashioned Google searches. And I admit there were times I worried that armed men in black suits would burst through my door. You see, I had to Google things like different types of WMDs and the lay out of the personal quarters of the White House, among other suspicious searches.
This can be a common problem with writers, as we often need to research some pretty dark topics. Out of context, our Google searches may look down right nefarious.
Cat and I are putting on a little contest. In comments, write a short anecdote about something interesting/ strange/ frightening/ embarrassing that you had to research for a novel and how you went about it. The most interesting story will win a query and first page critique by me.
We look forward to reading you anecdotes!