All in the Name of Research

As a writer, I’m lucky enough to immerse myself in a world of my own making on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, I need a little bit of help to make sure I’m being accurate, truthful, or conveying an experience as clearly as I can to my reader. Research is extremely important in historical fiction, or whenever writing about cultures not one’s own, but it’s equally important in helping to get the right feel of things. So, hard as it is, I make an effort to do good research when I can.

A few of the tougher things I’ve had to do in the name of research:











  • Spent a sunny day kayaking to scout some perfect Old Florida scenery,
  • Chartered a sailboat,
  • Had dinner with fellow Bad Girlz at a tiki restaurant that’s been in business over 50 years,
  • Sampled countless cocktail recipes to create the perfect signature drink mentioned in my manuscript,
  • Gone to the oldest-school beauty parlor I could find for a shampoo and roller set,
  • Visited Weeki Wachee Springs to see the famous mermaid show to see how it all works,

To further my research and to get the really authentic experience, I sought out The Mertailor for a tail of my own…

Which brings me to the point of this post:

Yours Truly, Swimming in a mermaid tail…. as you do! It’s a tough life, but I do it for the stories 🙂

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done in the name of research?


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