Please help me welcome Regency Author Shana Galen back to the blog! Shana is giving away two books!
As you know, all use historical authors have to do a lot of research, so Shana is going to talk about how she goes about it. (sort of)
The Shana Galen Research Method
First of all, if you’re reading this blog post because you want research pointers, you should probably skip to the end and the info about the giveaway. This isn’t that type of post.
This is the type of post where I tell you how bad I am at research. Strange, right? I write historical romance novels. I’ve written something like fifteen of them. I must be used to research by now. I am used to it. I’m used to avoiding it!
Case in point, I’m writing another book set on a ship. The first such book was The Rogue Pirate’s Bride. I vowed never to write another book set on a ship again when that one was done. I wrote it when my daughter was a newborn and have pretty much no memory of what I wrote or what research I did. Which is why I have to do all the research over again for my newest pirate book.
Why did I break my vow? Because I’d made another vow first. I vowed to my readers that one day I would finish the Misadventures in Matrimony series. This book, Nick and Ashley’s story, is the last book in that series. The working title is Pirate Bride. Obviously, I have to set some of the book on a ship.
So about 40,000 words into the story, I figured I better start doing some research. There were too many pages where I’d left notes to myself to look something up or put XX because I wasn’t sure if the term I used was correct. See, one reason I love books set on ships is because sailors have a certain vocabulary. It’s not a corridor; it’s a companionway. It’s not the left side; it’s port (or larboard).
The trick to research, though, is to do way more than you ever use in the book. Can I just say that, as an author who doesn’t love research, I hate this fact? By the time this book is done, I’ll know way more about ships that I ever wanted, and my reader will only get a few of those details sprinkled in. It has to be this way. The only thing worse than a poorly researched book is one with too much research.
Honestly, I envy those authors who remember everything they research. My brain is like a sieve. I’m vowing never to write another book set on a ship, but if I do, I know I’ll have to do the research all over again.
Giveaway! I’m so excited to be working on Nick and Ashley’s book. I’m planning to self-publish it in late spring or early summer (depends how the research goes!). Until then, one person who comments saying she/he wants the books, will win the first two books in my Jewels of the Ton series (When You Give a Duke a Diamond and If You Give a Rake a Ruby), which concludes in March with Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend.
Now I can finally show you the cover.
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.