filed under Her Mother's Secret, Writing Historical Fiction.

I’ve said it before, but I love the research. I think, to write historical fiction, you have to. And the research I did for Her Mother’s Secret was fun and fascinating so I thought I’d share with you what I did to make the book come to life, as well as give you an insight into how an author goes about researching historical fiction. This is Part 2 in my series taking you behind the covers of Her Mother’s Secret. You can find Part 1 here. The Cosmetics Industry As the book is about the birth of the cosmetics industry…

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filed under Writing Historical Fiction.

My visit to the atelier yesterday was too amazing to describe in a Facebook post so I decided to write a blog about it instead. In case you somehow missed me blabbering on about it, I’m in Paris researching a book at the moment. The book is partly set in an atelier—fashion workroom—and I’ve just had a behind the scenes tour. The Atelier The business, Atelier Boutique Legeron, has been in the one family for 150 years, bought by the great-grandfather, handed down to the grandfather, then the father and now the son. Everything is made by hand with so…

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filed under A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, How To Write A Book, Writing Historical Fiction.

Most novels need at least some research. For my first book, What is Left Over, After I had to research photography because my main character was a photographer. In my second book, I had to research organ donation and heart transplantation. Obviously, given my next two books are historical novels, I’ve had to research all kinds of things. But what is the best way to go about researching a novel? Do you research first and write later? Or vice versa? Or something in between? Here’s what I do, and why. Write the First Draft First Research is all about facts.…

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filed under A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, How To Write A Book.

I’m used to having to do research for a book. My second book, If I Should Lose You, featured a heart transplant surgeon as the main character – obviously I’m no expert in transplanting hearts, so interviews and other kinds of research were vital. But the book I’m writing now is a big leap for me – it’s set in New York in the 1920s and 30s and I definitely have no first hand experience of that time! I knew when I began writing that I would have to do lots of research, but I didn’t realise how many small…

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