I love my job.
No really. I L-O-V-E my job. I get to be creative and let my imagination run away with me. And if I need more inspiration, there’s always research.
In school, research wasn’t nearly as much fun. I mean, who wants to study ancient whatever when you’d rather be reading a good book or hanging out with friends.
Now days, research is fun and I use it to write books about characters who are almost friends. These days, I love making notes and exploring maps and studying facts.
Most recently I’ve been reading up on Alaska: the towns, the glaciers, the intricate chains of islands. There’s plenty of basics that I knew about Alaska. It’s humongous. The largest state in our Union. It has more coastline than all of the other states, combined. But I discovered that the rainiest town in the United States is a place called Ketchikan, in southern Alaska. They measure their rainfall in feet, not inches!
Fabulous factoids like this stew in my brain for a while and then I pick and choose which pieces fit the story. Usually, the information I discover helps shape the book. There are facets I never would have thought to include and they add richness and layers to the book.
Since I’m a fan of factoids and I’m always on the lookout for fabulous new-to-me settings, tell me something about where you’re from. Pretty please.
Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on the best seller lists and nominated for awards. She’s a fan of action movies, Diet Coke, Milky Way bars and thunderstorms, not necessarily in that order. Learn more about her online at http://www.selena-blake.com or catch her at facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorSelenaBlake or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SelenaBlake
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