One of the things I love about writing fiction (the way I write it anyway) is that I get to do some really fascinating research and I get to pick my own things to research, too!
When I wrote January Moon I researched female genital mutilation and many other topics and now for its sequel, March Storm, I'm researching animal law and dog fighting.
Tough stuff... hard to handle.
But it's not all grim and heart breaking; nope, not at all. :)
Here's an example: in March Storm Del Carter, our Chicago homicide cop in January Moon, has finally put together his little piece of heaven in the country -- where he and Jess want to raise their family. Jess is teaching at a local college and Del is breeding his beloved alpacas.
Do I know anything about alpacas? Hell no!
Well, at least I didn't before this... now I'm learning.
What amazingly gentle and sensitive creatures! And I'm talking to breeders all over the country and right here in the Midwest. They are as wonderful as these sweet creatures.
Just another peculiar blog entry for The Windy City Author.... :)
Peace to all and have a nice weekend...