As writers, we all have to do research, at least on some level. Mostly, I turn to books and the Internet for my research. There are however, certain topics that I haven’t been able to research with books. I have a partial draft of a story I’m working on, and right now, I’m adding it to yWriter. (Which I’m still really liking!) As I’m adding it, I’m doing little tweaks here and there and I’m jotting down questions I have. These questions will have to be asked so I can add more realism to my story. And for better or worse, I’ll have to consult a strange source to get my answers…people who clean up crime scenes, such as murders, natural deaths and even meth lab explosions. This particular story centers around people who do this for a living, so I want it to be as realistic as possible.
I have found a few places that provide this service locally and when I have all my questions compiled, I’ll see if somebody is willing to answer a few of my questions. I think it’ll be fascinating, but strange. Yes, I’m researching a story, but who says they won’t think I’m just some kind of weirdo? Not that that’s an entirely wrong assumption either.
In the course of your research, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever had to look up? Were you able to find it in books or did you consult “experts?” How do people seem to act when you tell them the research you’re doing is for a book?