Thoughts on research and character creation.
My new novel entails a lot of research, something I actually love to do, as I hate reading a book and realizing the author has made a factual error!
My previous books, Genghis Khan, my Brother: The story of Temulin, and Van der Bijl required hours and hours of searching for information. I had background knowledge to some of the South African history, the flora, fauna and geography since I grew up there, but the novel about Genghis Khan required endless searches to provide the correct information. It is essential to get one’s facts straight, even if the characters are fictitious.
James Michener, the author of huge blockbuster novels such as Chesapeake, Hawaii, Centennial and his many other novels were meticulously researched by a team of people. His novels were incredibly informative as well as being entertaining, great reads. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_A._Michener for further information.)
My current book, as I…
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