|Lake Michigan western shoreline - much colder than|
Pacific Ocean at 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, Wisconsin.
Talk about eerie! Fits right in with my story.
One year, during a trip to 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 had gotten a bit out of hand. I gathered details for three separate projects. Still, even if not everything pans out, the visits with relatives and friends, with discussions over fabulous meals made the hours well-spent.
|Silouetted 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.
The road trip was a research success. I was able to flesh out the stories for two Pepper Bibeau mysteries, Neshoto Junction Homicide and Blood Red Homicide.
You are welcome to check out my Pepper Bibeau mysteries in print and ebook format at Amazon.com. Reviews are always welcome.