How Far Will You Go To Write A Manuscript? by Morgan Mandel
When I worked on my debut novel, Two Wrongs, my intention was to have one of the climactic scenes take place at Marshall Field's in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. It wasn't a great hardship to get there, since at the time I also worked Downtown. I took photos and examined the balconies, where a scene takes place between the hero and villain, and also another setting, at the Walnut Room there, the home of the Big Tree during Christmas Season. I also spoke to staff and wrote getting permission to use the place as a setting.
Again, I'll be doing some research for my new book, Forever Young-Blessing or Curse. This time I'm leaving my homestate, Illinois, and visiting the book's setting, Scottsdale, Arizona. I'll see the sights, take photos, and get some of the area's flavor so the book will seem more authentic. I haven't been there for a while and am looking forward to refreshing my memory.
I know many writers go to far reaches of the world for the sake of research. What about you? Have you ever gone somewhere to research a book, be it across town, to a store, a state, or country?