Since I have started writing, I have found it interesting to see what details actually go into the writing of novels from authors I enjoy reading. I will force myself to stay away from the section at the end of the story where the author separates fact from fiction. An author I enjoy reading is Steve Berry (http://www.steveberry.org/) who writes international thrillers using history as his backdrops. In an interview I read sometime ago, he stated that he will often spend months conducting research on his stories.
I also read an article (my apologizes for not quoting the source) where the article author stated that if you make up stories totally from your imagination, then it may not be necessary; perhaps then genre plays a role in details.
In my writing, although not on the same level of established authors, I too have tried to research ideas to bring flavor to my story. I have to admit, it is interesting to learn about things that you may not have been aware of, and if woven into you story can keep our readers turning the page; at least that is my experience.
So do you do research? How much do you use? Is it important even?
Until next time.