So, as all of my other co-bloggers here at The Night Bazaar have mentioned (thanks guys!) I’m giving away a signed copy of Southern Gods this week to a randomly picked commenter. Comment on any blog entry this week and your name goes into the hat. It’s that easy.
Research. In my mind there’s two types that come into play when you’re writing fiction, and I’ve dealt pretty extensively with both. But before we get into that, let’s define it, shall we?
Research (for ficiton): When an author must go to reference, source materials to provide verisimilitude in his or her prose, providing enough detail in the reader to trust the author and suspend their disbelief.
That’s my working definition, anyway.
I’ve had to do extensive research for my novels in two instances. The first was for Southern Gods. Because parts of SG are set in 1880 and 1951 and a few years in between, in Arkansas, and many possible readers would be alive during that time with some frame of reference. I knew I had to get things right, otherwise the book would be a big steaming pile. I strove for historical veracity. (more…)Read More...