It's blog tour time again and today's another exciting one!
I was most intrigued by this book as it's based on a family mystery that couldn't be solved 'unless you go back in time' and Angie has filled it in, as it where! Now, I have this thing, where I hate unsolved historical mysteries because I have SUCH a burning need to know...but you never will unless time travel. And my family has a mystery that can't be solved as well, so I felt drawn to this book and I'm really excited to get to be a part of this blog tour!
For today's stop on the blog tour, Angie's telling us aaaalll about her research! I had planned to have my review to go with this, but everything went wrong. SO. My review will be coming next week, keep an eye out for iiiitt!
Who said Research has to be Boring?
By Angie Stanton, Author of Waking in Time
Growing up I always thought research meant digging through dusty outdated books searching historical facts for term papers. Not until I became a writer did I discover that research can be fun. It’s not boring or dry like the dates of a centuries-past battle but instead opens up new worlds I’d never otherwise know about.
When I’m writing, research questions pop up constantly. For example, in my new book, Waking in Time, something as simple as how to make a payphone call in 1930 became a difficult question? How much was a call back then? Or for my book Royally Lost, when my character from Europe goes swimming in his underwear, is he wearing boxers or briefs? You see where it gets fun?
I do a lot of research regarding logistics such as how long it takes to fly from New York to LA, what major highways run through Ohio, how to make Scottish eggs, or how to sneak over the US border into Canada? For some books I need to learn the terminology of the new world I’m working in. For example, in a story that takes place on Broadway, I learned about odd terms and phrases including: sides (an audition script), ghost light (a single light placed on stage after every show so no one falls in the pit after hours, or to keep ghosts company at night), sitzprobe (first rehearsal with the orchestra), and trap (the trap door in the floor for sneak entrances and exits).
Waking in Time did include a lot of historical research, but I always found the topics interesting. How did girls style their hair decades ago when they didn’t have all the styling products of today? How did they get those finger waves in their hair? It must have taken hours. And did girls wear panty hose in the 1950s? Did panty hose even exist then? And how about makeup in the 1930s? These were just a few of the questions I needed answers to.