As I dive more fully into my next book, I savor the chance 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.
While most authors tend to base our work in life experience, IMAGINATION is the engine of the story. To follow my imagination where it leads me, I have to investigate the details to make it all feel true. His fast can a Bugatti go? What does Moroccan bread taste like? Realness and truth in the background help validate the story, which is, after all, a fiction. Good fiction has to be TRUER THAN TRUTH.
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 first book. A ride-along, inspired a gesture.
What are you researching today. What are you trying to bring from the world of imagination to the reality of story?