Okay, I tried to think of something April Fool’s related, but no such luck. I’m not that much of a trickster. I can't even think of something fun to do to my husband...related to tricking, that is. Where were your thoughts headed? What I did think of is related to a trip I took just recently and a work in progress I’ve been writing since before Christmas.
This manuscript takes place in the pristine village of Stresa on the shores of Lago Maggiore in northern Italy. I wanted an exotic location. Italy is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go so I basically closed my eyes and let my finger drop to a location on the map in my atlas. (By the way, an atlas is also a wonderful writer’s tool.)
As all this was happening, I had a ski vacation with my husband booked for Switzerland. Near the end of the trip, I was missing the kids and needed something to keep my mind on other things. Looking through the train schedules, I discovered it was only a two-hour ride to Stresa! The perfect opportunity to really research the village I’d been writing about. The Internet is an amazing tool, however, nothing beats the real thing. I couldn’t have described the deserted train station and graffiti covered washroom from the Internet. I could never have described the way Italian males look you up, down and back up again in a way that makes you feel incredibly sexy.
The Borromean islands off the shores of Stresa are another matter entirely. Something just has to happen on these historic, picturesque islands in my book. Visiting Stresa is going to make this book so much more vivid for the reader.
So, tell me something about how your research turns to reality, or... here’s a spicy thought…as a reader, how does what you read relate to your reality. I have some stories to tell, as I’m in a fairly open marriage, but I want to hear about you. Have you ever tried something you’ve read about in an erotic romance or tried something and then written about it? Let’s hear your stories.