|LAKE MICHIGAN - much colder than Waikiki Beach|
If you’re like me, you enjoy the on-scene part of researching a novel.
Rocky trails to caves at Maribel in Manitowoc County in Wisconsin. Talk about eerie! Fits right in with my story.
Over the past three weeks, in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, I spent most of my waking hours visiting sites, talking to people, driving around gathering information, and taking photographs that would support the story in my latest WIP.
|Boiling brats in beer before grilling.|
Food was an important part of my research, especially the bohemian kolatches.
It is debatable whether my research has gotten a bit out of hand. I ended up gathering details for three separate projects. Still, even if not everything pans out, the visits with relatives and friends, discussions over fabulous meals, and colorful photographs made all the hours well-spent.
|Clouds on the Water - Shoto Lake|
For me, Wisconsin and Massachusetts were all about water and food. My research also included such diverse topics as gun cartridges, fishing bait, environmental issues, and taste-testing Friday perch plates at every possible venue.
I believe my road trip was a success. Now I have to knuckle down and flesh out the story for my fourth Pepper Bibeau mystery novel. The excitement never ends!
You are welcome to check out my other Pepper Bibeau mysteries in print and ebook format at Amazon.com and reviews are always welcome.