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!