Today’s special guest is powerhouse JD Faver. JD is the author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and romantic thrillers. I must say I am amazed by her tireless drive and quirky spunk. You’ll understand why…
Thanks for inviting me to be your guest today on Muse Tracks. I wanted to share some of the things I learned while writing ON ICE, my new romantic thriller. Most of the time a writer has to do some research, even if they think they know everything there is to know about a subject. I do have some areas of expertise that I would feel comfortable delving right into without extensive research. Healthcare, nutrition, sailing, are among the things I think I know something about. Everything else in the whole wide world requires research.
Jenn, although you may have the heart of a sultry pirate wench, I’m sure you did spend a little time getting into the pirate mode online before you put fingers on the keyboard and cranked out your first wonderful novel.
ON ICE is the story of a Houston woman who escapes a brutally abusive husband and flees to the farthest point she can imagine, Alaska. Her sister helps her and for all her trouble, the sister draws the wrath of the crazy guy. But for my little heroine who is now in Alaska, I needed to know what life was like before I could write about her in her new world. Yes, I went to all kinds of online sites and gathered lots of good info, but there were still some details that eluded me. I have lived in the southern part of Texas most of my life, and although I would love to visit Alaska I was having a hard time with some of the juicy little details.
My brilliant plan was to go to an online dating site and look up Men in Alaska…
Are you laughing at me?
Please keep in mind that I am single and I was totally truthful. In my profile I wrote that I just wanted to use them for information for my novel. I got lots of interesting replies. I tell you, if you were really hard up for a date, Alaskan men are most appreciative. I sorted through the replies and copied and pasted the same note…”No, I’m not planning on moving to Alaska, nor am I planning a visit in the near future…You would be happy to pay my way? How lovely, but really, put away your Visa card. I just want to pick your brain…Yes; I’m tall and blonde…and have adequate body fat to provide for insulation…
Yes, I like to shoot things, but not animals. If I had to kill what I ate, I would be tenderizing the tree bark…”
I finally filtered out the lusty men who wanted to chat and settled on the most articulate of the bunch. The two very nice gentlemen who became my sources of Alaska minutiae were charming and amusing and very good sports.
So, this confession is just to let you know that you can always find a way to get solid meat on the bones of your story. Sometimes research is rather exciting. <g>