Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bizarrest Research

What's the most bizarre thing you've ever researched for a book? Trying to figure out what the weather was like on a certain day in history? Or maybe you wanted to know hypothetically what would happen to someone who traveled faster than the speed of light?

The list is really endless, and I'm sure many of you have spent hours online or in libraries researching background information on many of your manuscripts. I typically write historical fiction, so I'm usually concerned with everyday life in earlier periods, i.e. what people ate, how they spoke, and what society was like. But whether you're researching data for Fantasy or SciFi or Romance, it can certainly lead an author to some strange places.

So what's the weirdest thing you've ever researched? Did it involve you physically going to a distant place or eating an unusual food item? What crazy extremes have you driven yourself to in order to obtain that rare insight into your work-in-progress?