One of the things I love best about writing is research. I'm a naturally curious person, so it's just the way I operate. It's one of the reasons that I fell into training in my corporate life. I just wanted to know how things worked and I didn't mind explaining what I learned to other people. It struck me the other day when I caught myself reading up on the parking brake of a 1990 Honda Civic, that I've learned some unexpected things on my way to finishing this novel. There are the obvious things; Celtic lore, Appalachian culture and off the grid living. Naturally, my Gaelic vocabulary has increased about ten fold. there are also some unlikely things. These are things that I wouldn't have thought of until I got to that point in the novel, things that I probably wouldn't have Googled if I hadn't been writing this book.
1) The basic geography of Nova Scotia.
2) This looks like an awesome place to spend a summer vacation.
3) The little blue house on Ransom St. that I used to live in is no longer blue, no longer has a porch swing and has fallen even further into disrepair.
4) The basics of moonshining. I watched a lot of how to videos. Here's a relatively short one.
5) How to malt barley and corn for making liquor.
6) Recipe for peach brandy.
7) The path of ocean currents from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Maine.
8) The basics of disarming someone with a handgun. Just one of the many ways it pays to be married to a former Marine.
9) And, of course, this is the parking brake of a 1990 Honda Civic.