I was about to type that this book didn’t require much research, then I remembered: yes, it did. I had to study anatomy (because that’s what Jen was studying), plus I had to study pregnancy and a certain complication (because McLane is pregnant).
Lots of little geographical details also had to be researched, including the catacombs, or the underground bomb shelter in Mt. Dora. I had heard all about this facility during a visit to MD, but I didn’t know where it was located, so I spent hours pouring over satellite photos and trying to place it in the proper vicinity.
LOL–last month, when I spoke at a literary luncheon in Mt. Dora, I mentioned the bomb shelter at my lunch table. To my astonishment, everyone at the table knew where it was located . . . and I don’t think it’s where I thought it was. Oh, well. Better that it remains underground, and once you read the story, you’ll understand why.
When you’re writing about a real town and a real trade, you need to try your best to get things right . . . or you’ll hear all about it. So I do my best. 🙂
Tomorrow: the writing
If this is Saturday, I’m speaking in Richmond at lunch and then flying back to Florida! I’m ready to stay home a while. 🙂