posted by Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary
I'm not really here. As you are reading this, I plan to be dangling my feet, as literally tens of thousands have done before me, in the lovely hot springs at Pamukkale, Turkey. This place was used by the Romans and before them the Greeks. Here's a picture of what a portion of the site looks like. I'll have to let you know when I return if the picture does it justice.
Several people have asked me if I planned this vacation with research in mind. Not really. I don't specifically have a book set in Turkey that I want to write. At least not at the moment. But I'm never one to rule out anything!
However, it is much more likely that some of the things I see and do will show up in something I write, though not necessarily in the way I originally experience them. An article of clothing I see pictured in a catalog may end up being worn by one of my characters. A beautiful sunset might find its way into my work-in-progress. Or the reflection of sunlight on water. Or an interesting man, woman, or child I see in passing.
In a way, all my trips (whether to the corner grocery or to another continent) are "research" for my current WIP. I never know what might find its way into what I write.
What about you? Did you ever see or experience something and think, "this should be in a book?" And I hope you're not having too much fun without your old Aunty!