A couple months ago I blogged about the role of research in fiction. Nah—too dry, I thought. So, being me, I gave an example—do I hear Christine the celeb hideaway crasher?? (that you can revisit over on Lynn Hones blog stop – www.lynnhones.wordpress.com )
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This week on our Summer Reading Tour we are tackling research. I’ve always been of the opinion that a life well lived is the best research any author can employ and a major factor in the richness of a tale. Hmm..perhaps that is why most of the best authors are not kids—lol.
A big welcome to Regina Andrews…
Photo provided by Regina Andrews
Hi Christine and thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I am so happy to be visiting you and to be a participant in the Best Summer Blog Tour.
Let’s start today by saying I have done lots of wacky things as research for my books. The funny thing is, most of them are directly related to my life experience. So, right off the bat, you can see my life has not been a nice, neat straight line.
Before I even began writing, I read non-stop. All that was thanks to my mother, who shared story time with me every day and thus made reading a very special experience. We read everything together: Trixie Belden Mysteries, Daphne DuMaurier and all the classic favorites.
As I grew I became more interested in romance and that’s where all the trouble began (lol). I discovered Barbara Cartland and well…let’s just say I was the first person in town who was issued a warning about taking too many books out at one time by the same author, and renewing them too many times. What can I say? I couldn’t put them down and I couldn’t return them; after all, I was trying to get a grasp of all of Dame Barbara’s works.
Then I moved on….to Delinski, Deveraux, Steele – all the fabulously successful writers of that time.
But at the same point, my life had changed and I had transitioned from the teaching world to the business world. My career as a greeting card writer became not only the research for my first book, “In Good Faith”, but the springboard for the upcoming series inspired by it.
Little did I know how intense, high-wired and volatile this wonderful world of greeting cards actually was before I became a full-fledged member of it. On-site writers, editors, artists, letters…as well as a manufacturing plant which housed an authentic rare Heidelberg 4-ink press machine and all the glitter, foil and adornments in the world; rows and rows of ‘samples’ as if we were a Library of Cards; distributing and tracking hundreds of on-site personnel as well as an extensive International Division…Whew!
This experience might hopefully be of interest to your readers, Christine, because it actually began for this writer as a professional endeavor and turned into a scenario which rendered a great amount of material for books. Haley Hawthorne and the “In Good Faith” world is the result of nearly twelve years of life experience which seamlessly moved to the written page.
Granted, it’s not as exciting a research project as scuba diving off the coast of Australia or climbing Mt. Everest, but in a different way it might be the sort of research experience that your bloggers — and readers — could also identify with. Unless I put them to sleep!
You can find Regina:
And her amazing book, IN GOOD FAITH:
Book Cover photo provided by Regina Andrews
Haley Hawthorne is a successful Art Director at a high-powered greeting card company in Manhattan. Designer clothes and expensive material luxuries are what she uses to try and fill the emptiness inside — but it wasn’t always that way for her.
Orphaned at a young age, Haley was raised in rural Dunbar Falls by her Uncle Nelson amid pasture lands and a clear sense of the things that matter most in life, including her joyful relationship with God.
One day Aaron Carrier, her old friend from Dunbar Falls pays her a surprise visit to her office at Sterling Greeting Cards with devastating news about Uncle Nelson. When she returns home to Dunbar Falls, Haley is faced with a professional decision upon inheriting Uncle Nelson’s air-conditioning company. More than that, she faces a crossroads in her heart. It is a crisis of faith, of loyalty and of love.
What does God want her to do? Will she be able to return home to Dunbar Falls and all that it has meant for her? And will Aaron Carrier be more than a friend?
Next stop?? My visit to Lynn Hones – www.lynnhones.com