As I dive more fully into my next book, I get to do more research. Y’all have no idea how much fun it can be to write a book. Ride-alongs with police, going out to the country to shoot an AK-47, figuring out just what it feels like to come back from a coma. Great stuff.
While most of us authors tend to base our work in life experience, the imagination is the engine of story … truly. If I’m to follow my imagination where it leads me, I have to investigate the truth–and it HAS to be right.
Amazing how pieces of research will inspire new twists to my books. An episode of FBI Files (which I watched incessantly when I was getting into the head of one character) inspired a scene from my book. A ride-along, not by me but by another author who shared her story, inspired a gesture.
Tell me about your research today. What are you trying to bring from the world of imagination to the reality of story?