Insecure Writers Support Group: Researching the Weird

Insecure Writers Support Group

The Insecure Writers Support Group

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Find more blogs to visit here:

This week I’m at the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention in Atlanta! I’ll share all the bookish fun on the blog when I return.

May 3 Question:

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

The first draft I ever fully completed and pitched to agents and editors was a young adult book set in 1963 during early space exploration, aka the Space Race, and also involved school segregation. I had to research A LOT. I discovered that automatic doors (say at a grocery store) were invented around this time and were actually produced in Texas where my story was set. My story touched on President Kennedy’s assassination, so my online research inevitably drifted into JFK conspiracy sites–yikes! Back away slowly….

I spent many hours reading through NASA history and early space program records which amazingly you can find online. Though my novel has so far not been published, it was really cool to see my research validated reading books like The Astronaut Wives’ Club and Hidden Figures.  I love reading about women and minorities who were very much a part of history but were often not treated with the same level of detail or consideration.

If you’re a writer, what research oddity or exciting discovery have you come across? If you’re a reader, what’s your favorite type of non-fiction?


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