Researching for a character can get awkward….

Hi dear readers! I hope that someone is still reading this humble blog. I think that it has helped dropping posts down to just once a week because I know have something worthwhile to post about!

So, I’ve been doing research for a new character that I’m working on. He is a smoker, but the on and off type. He tries to stop, but if he gets stressed he can smoke a pack in an evening. The only problem is that I don’t really know anyone who smokes. There are a few people who I’d consider acquaintances, but I don’t really feel comfortable asking them details about their habit.

“Hey, I noticed you smoke. Mind if I ask you some questions about your habit? When did you start? How long have you been smoking? Why did you start smoking? Have you tried any specific tactics for quitting?”

That might no go over well. I would certainly get some weird looks.

I’ve done some research on my own over the internet, and that has helped a bit, but now I keep getting ads for those patches that help smokers quit. The internet is obviously judging me.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for school and I’m just about to start a new book called The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. It won the Pulitzer Prize, which is one of the coolest things in my book, but it got such rave reviews that I couldn’t help but pick it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you a review of it when I post next week.

Have a great Friday!

2 thoughts on “Researching for a character can get awkward….

  1. I know what you mean. Sometimes you have to research strange or unfamiliar topics for your characters. I have a blind character and another with a severe leg break. I have no idea what it is like to be blind, nor have I ever broken a bone. I think if the FBI went through an author’s computer they would find some disturbing stuff. We have to research everything from plants to deadly diseases. I can only imagine the stuff that crime/suspense authors have to research.

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