Let’s Get This Party Started

This is a fun part of the writing process!

I have decided to set the newest novel in the former Yugoslavia. I was a working journalist during the break-up of Yugoslavia into the seven nations that occupy that portion of the globe today. But like everyone, I forget the details.

I went to Powell’s yesterday and picked up a collection of essays from The New Republic, dating 1991 to 1995, so before the civil war. Those essays will give me a good grounding on pre-war Yugoslavia. I also bought a book about a Western aid worker in Serbia during the war.

I love this portion: the basic research stage.

However, Katy King and I also are talking about a trip to Italy in April, and we likely will carve out a few days to travel to the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic, and maybe Croatia.

No level of book research ever beats boots-on-the-ground.

I truly love this part of the writing process.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on January 13, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Let’s Get This Party Started.

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