Research. Either you love it or you hate it. I kinda like it, even though I am always itching to just start my story and forget about learning more about the era or town or whatever is going to make my story “real” to readers.
I love romance and found early in my twenties that the regency era provided great romance with a closed door policy…for the most part. Of course, that was twenty years ago and regencies are opening that door wide. Now that CBA is selling more of that era, I’ve been a happy camper, reading a genre I love AND having a spiritual element to it.
So I’m going to write one. I think it will a perfect setting for a story I had originally thought would make a good contemporary.
But first the research. While I have read tons of regencies, I need to research about the time in history. Of course there is the library, but the internet is also a great place to poke around, finding little gems of history.
So tell me, how do YOU research? What are your favorite tools? Favorite books? Favorite places to find the information you need?