I sometimes wish I wrote historical westerns with resources like Pioneer Hearts on Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/groups/pioneerhearts or Hearts Through History - http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/. Or maybe romance in England in the 18th century with resources like the Beaumonde Chapter http://thebeaumonde.com/ or again Hearts Through History - http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/ I think the research would be half the fun of writing the story.
I write contemporary romantic suspense and yes, I do research but it doesn’t seem as interesting. (Maybe it’s that grass is greener thing). Most of my research is done on line. I research the location usually with https://www.google.com/earth/ or I post to a group and ask people who live there. I belong to Kiss of Death Chapter http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/ and they have a lot of resources for guns, police, lawyers, fire inspectors, etc.
You can take courses through them or post questions to the members on the loop. I also take other courses advertised online about things I’m writing about. I also write to local police departments, FBI, or ATF and ask questions specific to their work and area – nothing that might be confidential. And I belong to several other Yahoo writing loops like the Screenwriters; Crime Scene and Forensic Science.
Do you do research? Contemporary or historical? What resources do you use?