One thing I have learned about writing a book is that you never seem to be able to do enough research.
I was ecstatic to get more than a couple Chapters/Indigo gift cards for Christmas last year. But rather than finding a stack of new novels to entertain myself with,(as I had intended) I found myself buying text books and dictionaries, star maps and creature bibles. See, if I’m writing about something, I like to know the grain of truth behind it. Wikipedia and Google (heaven sent as they are) can only take you so far.
As my editor, Maxann (The Polished Pen), will tell you, I have extensive documents and spreadsheets, hand drawn sketches and character sheets all to help me flesh out my world. Hey, it may only exist in my head but I like it there!
I can’t tell you the hours I have spent poring over myths and legends or wading through creature dictionaries looking for a grain of truth I can use, twist or exploit to my own nefarious plans.
In the end I hope it makes for a better story and and world that my readers and I can delve into to escape from reality, if only for a little while.
I hope you’ll take the journey with me. The release date is getting closer by the week and I will keep you posted on all the news.