In Search of the Answers to Questions Unknown*

researchingYou know the feeling. You’re reading a novel, perfectly content, when all of a sudden, a character behaves in way that stretches your belief too far. Or the author describes a place, a profession, a period of history, or something else in a way you know isn’t accurate. For many people, that’s enough to give that book a one-way ticket to the DNF pile. In general, people want authenticity in their books.

Let me let you in on a secret. Authenticity takes work. By that I mean research. Even novels that take place in a fictional setting, or are speculative, can benefit from research.

Every author does research in a different way, and I’m honoured and excited that crime writer and fellow blogger Sue Coletta has asked me to share some of my own research experiences. And I couldn’t have a more knowledgeable host on the topic. Sue’s done thorough research for her crime novels (Pssst….you want to read them!). And many of her blog posts are devoted to helpful real-life information for crime writers. Her blog is a rich resource for facts on everything from interviewing/interrogating suspects to blood spatter, and much more.  So I’m especially pleased to be invited.

Please come pay me a visit at Sue’s. And have a look around her site when you do. Rich information, interesting stories, and links to her great books await you.


*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from John Denver’s Calypso.


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9 responses to “In Search of the Answers to Questions Unknown*

  1. Aw, you are too kind, Margot. Thank you!

  2. Enjoyed it, Margot, and I am in total agreement with you.

  3. Great, Margot! I’m heading over there.

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  5. Thanks for sharing that article, Margot. It’s really fantastic!
    I think research can help any writer, whatever genre they write. It widens our knowledge, which widens our creativity. Research IS an investment of time and resources, but it’s well worth it.

    • I think so, too, Jazzfeathers. Along with everything else, Research makes a story that much more credible. And it is interesting. I always learn a lot whenever I research. And sometimes, I find out things that I never expected. Thanks for the kind words, and I”m glad you enjoyed the post.

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