Researching Books

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This could probably go into an FAQ section. A lot of times, I’m asked how much research do I do for my books.

The easy answer is: It depends on the book. Some require more research than others do.

Here’s the thing.

I like to research things. I can easily get lost in Google searches and following tangents until what I’m looking at bears nothing to the original search. So what do I do?

Honestly, I start writing. When I need to know something, I look up that thing. For example, in Navajo Rose, I needed to know some police scanner codes. I did a Google search on that phrase and got a pretty good list on various scanner codes used in law enforcement.

Doing research like this keeps me on track and I don’t go off on very many tangents.

It should go without saying that if I’m writing anything historical/semi-historical, I do a lot more research up front, but I do enough to get going and then look up whatever else I need to know.

I’m still hoping to find an old map of Ireland, the older the better.

Spotlight on Kiernan’s Curse (Kat O’Reilly)

515FgiX7kWLWe’re going from nonfiction to fiction. Romance, actually. And it does get steamy.

Kiernan’s Curse started with a dream I had. The first past of the dream is used in the beginning. The second part of the dream is in the middle.

Set in central Ireland in the early-mid Middle Ages, this is the book where I decided on my pen name. I wanted something that sounded Irish.

BLURB:

Can a heart be unsealed and allowed to love again after being closed as tightly as the west tower?

Kiernan Maguire fends off attacks on the village of Beinn but Maeb Faly is determined she won’t be so easily turned away. With battles waging on his health, his keep, and his heart, something has to give.

This is book 1 of the Maguire Men. Others in the series are in various stages of completion. I’ll let you know when they are available.

It will be free on Kindle from Friday, October 19, 2018, to October 23, 2018.

Book Review: How to Market a Book Someone Besides Your Mother Will Read

Front cover of How to Market a Book Someone Besides Your Mother WIll Read by Tierney JamesI met Tierney James a couple years ago at a writers’ conference. Recently, I learned she had a book about marketing. Since that is something I am working on, I thought I would get it and check it out.

Let me tell you, it’s worth every single penny!

A few days ago, I called a writer friend to tell her about this book. I said, “There are some things that had me going ‘duh,’ but she has a lot of good stuff in here!”

My friend asked “duh like you should have known that or duh like why didn’t you think of that?”

I said, “All of the above. There’s duh I already knew that, duh I should have known that, and duh, why didn’t I think of that?”

Honestly, the “I already knew that” moments are still good reminders. And there’s not a lot of those. Most of it is something I either didn’t know or found myself wishing I had thought of before.

How to Market a Book Someone Besides Your Mother Will Read is kind of a long title from how the recommendations for titling books tend to suggest, but it’s catchy. You’ll remember it for a long time to come. It’s a fast read with things you can put into practice immediately. There’s not much in the way of theory, and that’s good. Books on theory in marketing leave me thinking that I still don’t know how to do what I need/want to do. This one has great, practical information complete with links, suggested resources, and ideas on how to get started.

I do think this should be in your writer’s library, whether that’s a physical book or on your Kindle. I have no doubt I’ll be referring to mine again and again.

RealmWalker Progress Report

I honestly don’t remember what the last bit of news was that I told you all on RealmWalker, so here’s a summary.

  • What had originally started as a stand-alone book (just titled RealmWalker) will now be a series of three books. The first is RealmWalker: New Beginnings. The second will be RealmWalker: Anchor. I don’t have a title for the third one yet.
  • I have started work on RealmWalker: Anchor, but there are substantial changes that will be happening to that storyline.
  • I just finished a round of edits on New Beginnings. I will be sending it back to my editor tomorrow afternoon.

I think that covers it. I’m so excited about this book/series. I love the story and I can’t wait to share it with you!