Anytime that I get a new idea for a novel, the first thing that I do is start researching important locations or historical elements. This time I get to learn about another culture, history, and more!
It may sound strange, but research has always been my favorite part of the writing process. This is where, in the back of my mind, my characters start to take shape. After all, in my Spiritus series, who would Alastor be if he hadn't been a soldier in the Civil War? What would have changed in Becca and Alastor's original relationship if she had not been caught up in the Battle of Corydon? Those tiny historical elements shaped who the character were and what happened to them.
As a writer, do you love or loathe the research that you have to do? As a reader, does the tiny historical or cultural details add to your enjoyment of a novel?