My Research Secrets column was launched in the national writing magazine, Writers’ Forum, in October 2008. It has been running for just over ten years. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of my column I wanted to tell you about my very first interview that launched Research Secrets.
The very first interview was with Carole Matthews who writes romantic comedy.
Carole Matthews’ favourite research tools in 2008 were:
- The Little Book of Baby Names – it’s where most of her character ‘s names come from.
- IMDB –Internet Movie Database imdb.com – which is useful for all movie related questions.
- Amazon – to keep up with what’s coming out.
Her research tip was to go and do what you’re writing about if you can. She had set one of her books in a library, so she did some volunteer work in her local library for a few days. She also advises if you splash out to visit somewhere take masses of photos, notes, video. Work on the premise that you’re never likely to go back.
I always visit the area I am writing about. I have a file drawer for every area we’ve ever visited – complete with local info, hundreds of photographs (or a CD these days) and probably a video too.
For writers who want to write chick-lit, she suggested you organise a girl’s night with your best mates once a month. Drink lots of wine. Tell lots of stories and try not to drink so much wine that you forget all the stories in the morning.
Carole Matthew’s new book, Happiness for Beginners, is released in February 2019. To find out more about Carole Matthews and her books take a look at: www.carolematthews.com
Or follow her on Twitter at: @carolematthews