A Mind Full of Research
When I first started thinking about this particular topic, I knew I was going to have to dig deep. There’s been so many researching adventures I’m wondering where to even start.

Let’s see, I guess I’ll begin with the time I went to California. I had it in my mind to write a Hollywood type romance, but what did I know about Hollywood? Best way to learn is travel there. So I did. Guess who I met right off the bat? Hugh Jackman. Um, yeah, I about fainted dead away too. Of course I didn’t have a camera! I’d gotten in the habit of having my husband carry it around, so I completely missed my opportunity to be photographed with the hunky man. Unfortunately the research I ended up collecting didn’t end up in a story because I didn’t write that Hollywood story after all.

Next adventure. For my firefighter story, Suni’s Gift, I decided to call my local fire station. They were a great help, gave me a lot of information. Interestingly enough, while I was there they ended up going out on a call. A two story building was on fire. Yikes! Talk about up close and personal!

The next research adventure occurred in Italy. I was writing a three book series about an Italian family and wanted to do some real research. I wanted to understand what I was writing about. My husband and I saved some money back and we flew to Italy. It was gorgeous! The city, the people, I was in heaven. Didn’t want to come home either. Days spent traveling to different areas I’d only seen on television was a dream come true.

The next adventure...okay, I confess. Not a single word of the above is true. Not one. LOL I’ve only dreamed of going to Hollywood and meeting Hugh Jackman. I think it’d be totally awesome to go to my local fire station and learn firsthand what these everyday heroes do for a living. And it’s truly my lifelong dream to someday visit Italy.

One of these days all these things will happen. Until then I’m thankful to have the internet. I’ve met people from all around the world, learned about dozens of interesting occupations, and collected enough information to fill a hundred notebooks. All I can say is, thank goodness for the internet! Otherwise, this introverted homebody would be lost!
17 Responses
  1. ROFL, you truly had me going. I was sooo jealous.

    My mermaid world was modelled after Tarpon Bay on Sanibel Island, which was a great time. Did a lot of kayaking through the mangroves that summer. :)

    I really thought I'd get to go to Orkney last fall to do some real research, but my son was having difficulties, so I had to cancel. So for me, it's Google Earth and phone calls. :)

    Great post, Anne! As usual. :)


  2. Kristin Says:

    I agree with you, the internet is so valuable! Although, if you ever get the itch to really go to Italy, I'll tag along. That's one place I'd love to visit! The food, the hot Italian men, the sights, the hot Italian men, the... Wait, I see a pattern here... LOL! Great post!


  3. Anne Rainey Says:

    Liane--that sounds like a great time!

    Krstin--LOL! I love the way you think!


  4. Nicole North Says:

    LOL! Great post, Anne! I do most of my research online too. I couldn't make it without the net.


  5. Anne Rainey Says:

    Nicole--LOL, I haven't had a lot of exciting adventures, but then again that's why I write! :)


  6. Carly Carson Says:

    Ha! You had me until you mentioned going to the firehouse and didn't say anything about the hot firemen! I was at our local firehouse this week with dd delivering some extra food and wow! What a bunch. Now I need to do some research over there!

    Carly


  7. Anne, I'm with you - the Internet is my friend! I have been to Italy but it was many years ago. And I don't know if they still do this, but those "hot Italian men" will follow unaccompanied women all around - it's kind of creepy! LOL Especially because not one of them looked like a hot Italian...


  8. Anne Rainey Says:

    Carly--I'm too shy to go to the firehouse. But, I really did interview two different firemen online for my story Suni's Gift. Both guys were mega helpful too!


  9. Anne Rainey Says:

    Carol--Ack! I'd be a little worried about that too!


  10. Carly Carson Says:

    Too shy?!?!

    Those guys are just sitting there waiting for a break in the routine. You show up with food and they will swarm you! Add a teenage girl, and you're golden. They are so nice, and polite too. Hmmm, guess I'm not as shy as I always thought I was.

    Carly


  11. Anne Rainey Says:

    LOL! A teenage girl??


  12. Natasha Says:

    LOL, Anne! You had me going too. I'm thinking I wish I could hop on a plane and go to Italy to research a story! :) Gotta love the internet.


  13. LOL!! Fantastic post. I want to meet Hugh Jackman too.
    Esme


  14. Hi Anne,
    Wow Hugh Jackman, love the man. I agree about the internet being a remarkable tool for us writers.
    Regards
    Margaret


  15. Ashley Ladd Says:

    I know I sound like a clone, but Wow! Hugh Jackman.


  16. Anne Rainey Says:

    Natasha--LOL! Italy is definitely in my 'one of these days' file. :)

    Esmerelda--Wouldn't that be awesome??!! That man is just so hot!


  17. Anne Rainey Says:

    Margaret--Whenever I start to get frustrated with my writing I just think of how hard authors had it BEFORE the net. I can't imagine it!

    Ashley--We should all plan a trip together to Hollywood just to meet Hugh! How fun would that be??!! Of course Hugh might call the police on us, but still! LOL


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