Author: Julie Reece
Published: July 9,2012
Publisher: J Taylor Publishing
She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.
In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.
And now I am turning it over to Julie for her awesome guest post.
Thanks so much for having me here today J
There’s something on my mind.
Research. Authors have mixed feelings on the subject. Those studious types who love history and thrive on sticking their noses in dusty volumes ferreting out delicious facts to incorporate into their novels are
anal nerds overachievers wise. Others wing it, the lax naïve optimistic free-spirited-type writers who assume their amazing imaginations and prose compensate for any lack of academic conformation of detail. (I just made that last bit up, but thought it sounded scholarly. No? Just go with it.)
Lest you think I’m picking on anyone, let me just state, I have been both these people (and more).
Let’s face it, most readers don’t care to be bored to tears with superfluous information in their action packed urban fantasies, but they definitely feel the difference when details are skimmed over or neglected.
I’ve heard readers complain and reviewers positively shred an author who didn’t have their facts straight. For instance, the Red Wolf wasn’t reintroduced to the North Carolina woodlands until 1987. So what? Say an author writes herself a werewolf paranormal where the pack ran wild in 1975. She thinks no one would know or care when the dang wolves showed up (this is fantasy, darn it, suck it up). Trouble is, the naturalist who stays up nights reading paranormal romance knows, so does the woman who bought a special license plate for her car with proceeds supporting—you guessed it—the Red Wolf.
So I advocate the middle ground (much as my free-spirited nature groans at the idea). That was the advice given to me by a writer friend and I bow to her Yoda. She said, “Do your research, but for nuance, not for college level history 101. You want the writing rich and full without bogging the story down.” I get it, now. Thanks, friend.
Okay … below are a few trivia research facts I did for my YA book Crux. I thought readers of the book might find…zzzzz…What? Oh, interesting. Right! Here we go:
1. The battle of Gunnarr Blot was based (very loosely) on The Battle of Stamford Bridge.
2. Though Crux was written with no ‘agenda’, Birdies and Shondra’s story is, in part, a cautionary tale, raising awareness with a nod to the work http://nightlightinternational.com/about/unitedstates/atlanta/ does for the youth caught in human trafficking. Though there are many others in Atlanta working to help the plight of all homeless and those in need.
3. King Thorolf Graylock, also affectionately referred to as, ‘Jeff’, was patterned (again very loosely) after Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson , who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity.
Here’s old Bluetooth getting baptized. And yeah, it’s Bluetooth, like what your dad keeps in his ear! LOL
All right, so there you have it. Despite all my whining, I guess the research part was pretty interesting. It’s better when you study because you want to than because your teacher is making you. Funny how that works, right? As I look back on school now, though, I wish I would have paid more attention in history. These old dead guys had a lot more interesting lives that I ever gave them credit for. J
Thanks again for having me today, and listening to my ramblings.
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