Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Researching Like a Detective by Gail Pallotta

When researching, sometimes you need to dig deeper than just online and book resources. Author Gail Pallotta shares her suggestion to take your research to a deeper level. -- Sandy

Gail: I think of a researcher as I do a detective, the more he snoops the better. 

The internet and resources at the library offer material on most subjects. When a researcher keeps digging there, he often turns up a golden nugget to make a book shine. But what if he wants more? 

A good option—compose questions from research thus far and interview an expert. While recording the answers, make mental notes on topics to explore further. While the interviewee is talking, listen for what’s missing. This may be an oxymoron, but so often gaps occur in conversation.  If so, ask the expert for more explanation. It’s always a good idea to make sure the questions who, what, when, where, how and why are covered.

For example, someone being interviewed might say, “During World War II, I traded a piece of jewelry for a pair of nylon hose.” Today, some might think that was an unfair trade and ask why.

He or she probably would learn that hose were in short supply during WWII as a result of nylon rationing. Don’t stop there. Ask for the story behind the jewelry trade and if there are more personal anecdotes that can be shared.  

Two important aspects of research are curiosity and a yearning to know more.

Even though I have personal experience for my book about Chronic Lyme disease, Barely Above Water, I researched the science in it. Also, this book includes questions and answers in the back by two experts, David G. Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., and Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., who’s also a holistic doctor.  

Have you ever had an experience when your research took a surprising turn when you consulted an expert?


Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach
sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s been a best-selling author on All Romance eBooks. She’s published four books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit Gail’s web site at

Find Barely Above Water on Amazon.

David Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., runs Wellness Revolution Clubs in Woodstock, Georgia, and Daytona Beach, Florida. To learn more about him visit

Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., and holistic doctor, runs ParaWellness Research Program in Aurora, Colorado. To learn more about him visit


  1. Wow! Guess I'll have to research about the horses and how nylons played a part in that. I know lipstick was also in short supply, but I never knew about the horses. Dad was a WWII Navy for four years...and Mom sold War bonds and was a Victory Queen on a float in the early 40's. I think your book sounds great, Gail, and I appreciate what you shared in the interview. Blessings, Diane

  2. Hi Diane,

    Thanks for sharing about your mom and dad during World War II. My father was in the Army on the Pacific Islands for four years, so I heard stories about his tour. I appreciate your stopping by.

  3. I learned a lot about alternative medicine from Gail's book. Even if you know something, you still need some kind of confirmation which Gail got from her care providers. I recently got scolded in a critique group by a gentleman worked in a specific field similar to a situation in my book; however it was a slightly different aspect of the subject and he absolutely refused to accept that I knew my stuff, as a family member was in charge of an international study group of that subject and provided information for my book. My critic's experience was so limited. It's hard to write what you know sometimes even with research.


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