Hi folks! As I mentioned in my first post of the day, I'm swapping blogs with author Joya Fields.
I had the pleasure of meeting Joya via Twitter (@JoyaFields) a little while back and have since really enjoyed chatting with her. She's a fellow TWRP author, and her book, LOVE DELIVERED is currently available.
But Joya has a new book coming out on Jan 19th, and she's here today to talk about BENEATH THE SURFACE.
BENEATH THE SURFACE
Research is fun? Heck no. At least that’s what I would have said a few years ago. Just the word “research” brings scary memories of long, hard hours working on college papers, toiling over pages of boring information, and falling asleep on my textbooks.
To my surprise, researching elements of my story wasn’t a bit boring. In fact, it was downright fun. I think it’s even one of the perks of being a writer because it forces us to learn and grow.
One of my favorite electives in college was archaeology, so I guess it’s no surprise that the heroine in my debut novel Beneath the Surface would be an archaeologist. Once I got involved in the story, I realized she was not only an archaeologist, she was an underwater archaeologist and an amputee. Two subjects I didn’t know much about.
The internet is a great place to start research, and I learned a lot about Scuba diving and amputees from web sites and blogs. I read a lot of books on the subjects, too. Yet, the best part of researching elements of this story came from the people I met and chatted with.
From a friend who Scuba dives whenever he gets the chance, I learned that a diver should never ascend faster than his bubbles when returning to the surface. At a local rehabilitation center, I learned that amputees sometimes refer to the part of their limb that remains as their “residual limb,” but they also understand that most people don’t understand what the term means. Some are insulted by the term “stump,” and others accept it. The people are what made researching this book fun. The stories, their patience with my questions, and, especially the people who persevered through tough times, helped me learn. I realize that when research is part of the journey to bring a story to life, it isn’t hard; it’s a pleasure.
Have you learned anything new lately, or had to research something? I’d love to hear about your experience.
Claire interjects -- I'm an oddball in the sense that I thoroughly enjoy researching for novels. Then again, if you take a look at this excerpt... I think, perhaps, Brooke might share a similar affinity for... ah... research. Ahem!
YOU HAVE JUST READ AN EXCERPT FROM BENEATH THE SURFACE
Thank you, Joya, for being here today. Your new release sounds absolutely delicious!
All, if you'd like more information about Joya and her novels, here's where you can find her: