Wendi Zwaduk talks researching for writing


For my post for the month, I thought I’d tackle something I am very bad at. Research. Okay, that’s not the whole truth. I am good at researching but it depends on what the research is for. Hot scenes? I’m on it. Music to underscore a scene? I’m so there. Making sure the last little detail about regencyEnglandis correct? Bo-ring. Sorry. I can’t do it.

It’s funny to think I am not into research. When it’s a topic I like, say Ancient Greece, the Civil War,Vietnam, I’m all over it. Yes, I was one of those geeky kids who actually read the books about the Ancient Greeks and not because there were naked statues. Way back when, in those hazy crazy high school days, I actually though I’d become a history teacher. Yes, I loved to do research back them. Loved to learn about how things were. And then I realized how tedious some of that research can be.

Now don’t get me wrong. If it’s a difference between a character in Ancient Greece saying “Yo,Adrian” and “Good eve my dearest wife” then yes, the research should be done. I have a dear friend who actually knows when certain words came into usage. Go figure I can’t remember any of the particulars, but she can tell me when say ‘pussy’ came into everyday usage. To me, it’s a word used frequently. But that’s our society. Apparently back in the day, the word ‘pussy’ was a term of endearment for a child. Don’t quote me on that, as I didn’t do the research. Just sayin’. It wouldn’t occur to me to even ask when that word would’ve come into popularity.

As of the writing of this post, I’m working on a short story about a Vietnam vet.  It’s set in 1970’s Ohio. You guessed it, I have to do research for this story. Why? First, I wasn’t born before the Vietnam War concluded. Sorry. You’d have to wait a few years. Second, I might know some of the music of that era, I don’t know when most of it came out, just that it was around that time. Third, I’m sure there was vernacular used at the time that hasn’t made it down to modern day. Then again, as I’ve done some research, there’s quite a bit of vernacular that’s made it to today. Cool. You know. Chill. They made it down. I might sound foolish to say, who knew, but I didn’t know.

And that’s the fun of the dreaded research. You learn something new and in my case, find that even though the time period is a little over forty years ago, there’s not much that’s changed. Fashion has, and thank the industry for that, but a lot is the same. So even if research isn’t my favorite thing to do, it does have its purpose. What do you think? Let me know! I love to chatter with commenters.

And here’s a little bit about my latest work, Somewhere I Belong.

Sullavan Tanner walked away from Jarvis, Ohio, afraid to give his heart to the woman he loved. He lived the rock and roll lifestyle, but never quite made it to the big time. Fifteen years later, he’s back and ready to claim what’s his—if she’ll accept his help.

Marley Lockwood’s done asking for help. The family farm is more than she can handle, but if she can survive a cancer scare, the loss of her parents, the abandonment by her first love, and a messy divorce, she can handle anything.

Until Sully shows up.

Although she’s not interested in rekindling the love affair, she’s not above accepting Sully’s hands on the farm. What’s the worst that could happen? They get the farm out of the red and into the black? That’s her plan. They actually fall in love?  The past says it won’t work, so she’s not hedging her bets.

Too bad Sully’s not giving up this time.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for having me! I had a great time writing this post!

  2. Hi! Your book sounds really good; Marley sounds as screwed up as most of us feel! Ha! I will put this on my to read list and keep on researching!!!!

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