Today I was in Walmart looking at pregnancy tests. Now anyone who knows me understands how strange that is. I have two grown children and enough white in my hair to make me bald if I plucked all those hairs.
I think the young gal who came up next to me (while I was reading the label on one of those pregnancy tests) probably wondered what was up, but we politely ignored each other, and she grabbed one and left.
Of course the reason I was checking out pg test kits was for the book I’m writing. This is the third in the P.J. Benson series and poor P.J. fears she’s pregnant. (Not the best situation for a single gal whose boyfriend is about to be accused of murder.) P.J., like me today, will be checking out pregnancy test and trying to decide which one to buy. (No, I didn’t buy one.)
One of the things I love about writing is the research. Over the years I’ve taken guitar lessons (Sounds Like Love, a Harlequin Temptation which is available through Smashwords and soon Kindle), sat in a private plane and learned how to hijack one (Shelter from the Storm, Loveswept, available on Kindle) and traveled to a gold mining town in the Sierra Nevada mountains (Dark Temptation, Loveswept, available soon on Kindle). And, of course, I’ve read dozens of books about Ninjas, special effects creators, the Iditarod, wedding planners, horse whispers, barrel racing, and on and on.
Doing the research is fun. I know some writers get caught up in the research and find it difficult to put it down and actually write the story. Other writers find the research so fascinating they put too much into the story (so it becomes an info dump). Finding the right balance isn’t always easy, but after a while most writers learn that pages of research
might end up as one or two sentences, but that’s okay. Not only was it fun doing the research, but those one or two sentences will show you know what you’re talking about.
So have fun doing your research…but don’t get carried away.