When you start writing you get all sorts of advice…one of the most common is “write what you know.”
Okay, so that means I should write about life in Nebraska? Or perhaps my day job for many years in…insurance? Wow, I’d really like to read those books. lol
I believe the advice should be: “Know What You Write.”
In the book I’m currently writing, “A Sweetheart for Jude Fortune,” (out next February) here are some of the things I’ve had to brush up my knowledge on:
1. This book has a Latina heroine so I had to find common endearments her father would use when speaking with her.
2. She’s had a heart transplant so I’ve had to look up causes (and decide on a cause) of why she needed the transplant, then figure out how many meds she’s still be on etc.
3. I have the hero teaching the heroine to Texas Two-Step while she teaches him to Salsa. So, I had to brush up my knowledge on those dances.
4. The book takes place not far from Lubbock Tx in February…so I had to become familiar with the average temperatures in the region for that time of year.
5. The heroine’s father is in a plane crash. I had to decide why the plane crashed and since the crash is being investigated for possible sabotage, I have to know what agency investigates that kind of thing and how long it takes to get a determination.
The list goes on and on. Most of the time the research is only shown in the book by a sentence or two. I, like most readers, don’t like an “information dump” which is the author putting a bunch of unnecessary stuff in a book just to show she’s done her research.
But there’s nothing more I like than to read a book and not only enjoy the story, but learn something new.
How about you? Have you learned anything new in a book? I’d love to hear what it was….
C’mon, spill and let’s all learn something new today!!!