First Hand Research, It’s Fun
On Sunday, April 14, I’m going to the PBR Bass Pro Chute Out at the KFC Yum! Center in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. What, you ask, is that? It’s BULL RIDING, baby! And it’s my latest down and dirty, first person research for an upcoming novel.
Over the years, I’ve participated in many first-hand research projects, and being from Kentucky, I’m pretty darn lucky. For one thing, I love horses, and I ride American Saddlebreds. I live in a horse crazy state with the Kentucky Derby and the beautiful Bluegrass horse farms nearby. All that makes research easy and fun.
I’ve set a whole series of books in the Kentucky, my Bluegrass Reunion series. My first one, Kentucky Cowboy, drew on my PBR research, because my hero is a champion bull rider. Several of my books draw on my horseback riding experience. Going to the World’s Grand Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair becomes a research project for me.
Let’s see, I’ve never killed anyone in real life, but I’ve maimed a few characters in books. That’s when books like Body Trauma: A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries by David Page come in handy. I’ve written a medieval and I write medieval short stories as Darby York, and unless I’m reincarnated, I have no real-life experience with that time period. But I have shelves of history books on the subject. I may be nuts, but I like digging into that time period. I also love authors like Phillipa Gregory and Anne O’Brien. They’re lucky because they can go to the places where they set their historical novels.
I write romance. One day, the girls at work asked my boyfriend—now husband of thirteen years—if he was the inspiration for my love scenes. I’ll leave it to your imagination to answer that question. As for Bill, he turned red and escaped the cube without a word.
So, when you read a novel, know that the writer probably had a good time with the research. <wink-wink>
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Bio: A professional technical writer by day, Jan Scarbrough spends her nights writing romance. She is a member of Novelist, Inc., the Romance Writers of America, and the Kentucky Romance Writers, where she manages their award-winning web site. Jan has written for Kensington and ImaJinn Books, and currently writes for Resplendence Publishing and the Turquoise Morning Press. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and rides American Saddlebred horses for fun and recreation.
March 2013 eBook—Kentucky Rain
Kentucky Rain Blurb: Kate Lawrence is a recently divorced, single mom who is ill-prepared to make it on her own. She moves to her small Kentucky hometown to create a new life for her daughter and herself. Carrying emotional baggage with her, Kate is not sure she is ready for the man she finds living right next door.
A confirmed bachelor, Scott Gray thinks he’s gotten over Kate, but when he finds out who his new tenant is going to be, he’s surprised at the depth of his reaction. Carrying a torch for someone who hasn’t given him a thought in years is ridiculous. There’s no time like the present to move on. But does Scott really want to?
Review: “I am never disappointed by anything written by talented author Jan Scarbrough. Kentucky Rain, her latest ‘reunion’ story, is an emotionally satisfying read that has us rooting for Kate and Scott the whole way. We love them, hate Kate’s ex-husband, and enjoy her supporting cast. Highly recommended for everyone who loves a happily-ever-after ending.” Karen Block
Purchasing info: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/
- Kentucky Cowboy—Bull rider/veterinarian—She dumped him in high school, because he was a risk-taker.
- Kentucky Woman—Banker/exercise rider—She loved him when she was a teenager, but they never connected.
- Kentucky Flame—American Saddlebred Horse trainers—She had his baby, but he left not knowing the truth.
- Kentucky Groom—Teacher/software designer and Saddlebred groom—She can’t afford to fall in love with a lowly groom.
- Kentucky Bride—American Saddlebred Horse trainer/CEO—She rejected him once, but he’s willing to try again.
- Kentucky Heat—Country music singer/artist—She doesn’t need to take on another project, but he won’t take no for an answer. (Sequel to Kentucky Bride.)
- Kentucky Rain—Divorced single mom/security consultant—She has responsibilities to her daughter and herself, not to the handsome guy next door. (Mentions characters from Kentucky Cowboy.)