I find copious research is required for writing a good fiction novel. When I read a novel, I can tell if the author has put time into verifying the details. Whether it be about Great Britain or Italy, places I’ve been to often. I even lived in Rome but when I wrote From Rome with Love, I found myself checking my facts about the city and the people. And drug addiction, art theft, Mussolini, plane crashes, and more. The story takes a lot of twists and turns as did Stage Fright, the story of a woman traveling through England on a choral tour. I have visited every town she went to and studied voice for years, but I still had digging to do—which I enjoy. For me when an author doesn’t get the details right the whole story falls flat. I admit to being a picky reader.
Now, I find myself calling friends and family in Lancaster County, PA, an area I have visited and written about often. But things are changing, and I want to paint a realistic picture.
Can you guess what I’ve been writing about? But it’s too early to spill the beans. I don’t even have my cover yet and a copyeditor is about to work on a line edit. Writers can be blind to their own spelling, grammar mistakes, and unanswered questions.
Speaking of questions, I’m working on Discussion Questions for the end of the book today. Do you find them helpful? Do you belong to a book club that might use the questions? Many of my favorite authors don’t write them. I am also including a recipe. But that will have to remain my secret for now.
Can you tell how I spend my days? No wonder I have trouble sleeping. A word or idea will pop into my mind, and I don’t want to forget it. Paper and pencil are always by my bed.
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