What happens when a traditional historical writer, who loves to research until the cows come home (mooo!), switches to writing a contemporary romance? She relies on Google — one of the wonders of the modern world!
For years I’ve been writing and researching in the historical genre. I wouldn’t trade it for Death by Chocolate ice cream, or my favorite cinnamon spice tea. But when the opportunity came up to write a Valentine’s Day novella, with a challenge (three week deadline, augh!), I knew historical research was impossible. I would switch to write a contemporary romance. Piece of cake!
Only the “cake” ain’t gonna rise in the “oven” without the proper ingredients – and one of them is research. Wait! I live in this era, what’s there to research? For one thing, what kind of car does the heroine drive? Hmm. Google that. Choose color, make, model, any features you want. How about the hero? If you choose a long ago beat-up model car, Google can tell you what features it had compared to a zippy new 2012. And how about that special dress the heroine wants to wear for a hot date or special show? Google that too. Under fashion, or celebrity, or just plain “teal dress with sparkles.”
You wouldn’t believe the stuff you can find! A writer’s dream come true. And all at your fingertips — er, keystrokes.
Happy Sweet Reads to you! And check out The Key to Love coming out for Valentine’s Day from Astraea Press.