Confession: I can’t write a book by myself. I need help when I’m developing a story to make the story shine with authenticity. Being realistic and getting the facts right, are my first priority…well after writing a compelling story, that is.
Although, I tap into distant and not so distant memories, make mental and physical notes and extract info from my brain that I’m surprised I know — like when I play a trivia game, and my instincts tell me the answer, even when I actually don’t know HOW I know it. (I’m sure this happens to you too!) Of course, pouring over books on a particular subject and surfing the internet has made researching a story much easier, I’ve found sometimes interviewing an expert, is the best way to put that authentic glow on a story.
I don’t cold call experts. But I have a lot of friends and acquaintances that I’m lucky to have giving me guidance and help when needed. Here’s a few examples from researching my story, The Texas Renegade Returns starring Alejandro del Toro and Cara Windsor.
Alejandro del Toro was born and raised in Mexico:
My best friend is Mexican. I asked him to give me some idea of what family life was like, culture and food-especially food. He told me a story of how his mother would make after school snacks of homemade tortillas filled with beans and potatoes and fried and how much he and his siblings loved them. I put a scene in my book where my amnesia-ridden hero is speaking to his sister, Gabriella as she is cooking (tortillas) and he flashed a memory of his young life and the divine snacks made by his Tia Manuela. The scene really worked well. Thank you, Richard!
My cousin owns a stable of horses on her property, complete with beautiful stalls and a corral. The horses are the sweetest equines you’d ever want to meet. She is a member of Freedom for Wild Horses and very active in saving wild horses’ lives. This was a no-brainer. Just visiting her and seeing how she cares for the horses and sharing with me stories about abuse etc, made this plot point in the story compelling and sweet. Thank you, Carol and Gary, cousins!
Alex was sent from Mexico by his father to spy on and eventually take over Windsor Oil, Cara’s father’s company:
Ah… a takeover bid was nothing I knew about. Luckily for me, our dear friend is a financial broker and has been in the business for years. I simply had to ask some key questions and then he pointed me to research newspaper articles about a big name recent takeover that chronicled what happened. Though, only part of that research was put in the story (it is estimated that writers only use 10% of what they actually learn in research) I felt I could write this story with a good grasp on how that process works.
Thanks for the help, Bruce!
The book I’m writing now is about a hero with a broken foot, in a cast. I have a good friend who is a nurse…guiding my way. And so it goes. I couldn’t write my stories, without a little help from my friends!
Today I’m giving away a copy of my E-BOOK Smooth-Talking the Hometown Girl OR The Cowboy Contract. Leave a comment about how much your friends mean to you. Do they help and support you? Are they like family?
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