Thursday, October 19, 2017

DOUBLE THE IDEAS: Getting the Most out of Research by Darlene Franklin

One of the most frustrating—and exciting—things in researching a book: I always come up with more ideas. 
Darlene Franklin

It happened to me again this morning. I’m halfway through a story about the Harvey House in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Charles Lindbergh chose Waynoka as the hub of his short-lived Transcontinental Air Transport. Who knew a small town in Oklahoma was once the center of the world? I jumped on that as my story when I first signed up for a Harvey Girls collection. (My novella, All Roads Lead Home, will come out from Forget Me Not Romances next February.)

I needed to go back to my sources to figure out a few story details and uncovered another fascinating fact: an elite group of 25 Harvey Girl Couriers worked with Indian Tours. They were highly intelligent and college educated, and romance was encouraged. I want to write a story about a heroine like that! Now how, and when, and where. . .

When you’re researching, save it all. Make a note of those story ideas. You can use them in future books. I studied Acadians when I wrote about Acadia National Parks. When it came time to write my retelling of the Little Mermaid, I worked with an Acadian heroine earlier in their history.

Her Rocky Mountain Highnessby Darlene Franklin
Other times I have a dozen ideas – and suggested a series involving other authors. That’s the way Christmas Mail Order Brides and Take Me Home were born.          

Grab that idea and take the ride—the joy of being a writer.

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Other recent titles are Christmas Masquerade, Captive Brides, Her Rocky Mountain Highness, and Take Me Home. You can find her online at: Website and blog, Facebook, Amazon author page