What A Writer Needs, Part 8 – When The Family Helps with Research

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Somewhere along the way in writing my vampire series, my family, and in particular, my husband decided to help me with my quest to know all things vampire.One of my daughters focused on books and that why I have THE ELEMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VAMPIRES, in addition to several bookshelves with everything from reference case studies and histories to series that other authors have written.My husband felt it was his personal mission to find every vampire movie under the sun—um, under the moon.   One particularly bad movie called “The Holiday Express,” and featured Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Salvalas. There’s nothing like crating up a vampire and putting him on a trans-Siberian train to create mayhem.  It had all the ingredients of a fascinating tale, but it came off campy.  I don’t think they meant it that way.

Actually I learned a lot on how not to tell a story this way.  So the family was very helpful with this aspect of my research.  How have those close to you helped you with your research?  Please, share with us.

Oh, one more thing:  Today is World Backup Your Computer Day.  Remember whether you use online storage like Dropbox or flash drives or a portable hard drive or sent to a trusted friend, backup your computer.  Have your information in another location.  Writers often have backups in several locations.  Don’t forget!  It would be terrible to lose the great research and your book too.

Susan Hanniford Crowley

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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2 Responses to What A Writer Needs, Part 8 – When The Family Helps with Research

  1. I’ve never had family help me…They are not into the stuff I am into. They support me but don’t read the genre..I love all the research books I’ve accumulated over the years…Another library on its own.

  2. I guess I’m not so lucky either. No one helps me do my research, but then again, as Savannah said, no one thinks like I do. Right now I’m doing research about the Mexican/American War. I was hoping Pancho Villa was around then, but no … dang! I so wanted him in my book! Oh well, back to the drawing board.

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