Okay, so how do you research your book?
I don’t write historical or paranormal so I can’t address how they do it. I once said to a friend who wrote historical, “I don’t know how you do it, making sure all the details of the 18th century are accurate.”
She responded, “And I don’t know how you get all your information accurate for crime and legal stuff for contemporary romantic suspense.”
And I thought, maybe she’s right.
How do I research for my contemporary romantic suspense?
I take a lot of workshops. I’m taking one right now on Creating Cop Characters by a police officer who worked his way up from patrol to police chief. I’m always taking workshops on anything suspenseful. Do you take workshops? Are they helpful?
I read. I have books on Witness Protection, Legal situation, Serial Killers, Police, Forensics, Drugs (and what to use to kill someone) and a bunch of others.
I also contact resource or PR people in different agencies and ask questions. They’re usually very good about replying.
I also belong to writing loops (Kiss of Death and Crime Scene) and I post questions and someone always has an answer.
When the book is finished I try to get someone with expertise on what I’ve written to read it and critique to make sure my information is correct.
Whatever you write – how do you research?