Monday, December 03, 2007
BOM: The Research
Because I set The Note in Tampa Bay--my home--I didn't have to do too much research into the setting. I did have to research the job of newspaper columnist, however, as well as panic attacks.
To learn how to be a newspaper columnist, I emailed a local columnist at the Tampa Tribune. I had admired Judy Hill's work for some time, so I asked her to lunch. Happily, she agreed to meet me and let me pick her brain.
I'll confess something--I was really nervous. In some crazy way, I felt that she was a REAL writer, while I was just playing around. Anyway, we had a nice lunch, she was very kind, and she answered all the "who, what, when, where, how, and how often?" questions that I needed to know.
As to the panic attacks--something Peyton suffers from--I sent out a call to some email friends, and I was amazed at how many of my friends have suffered from them. I never have, but I began to understand the condition and what it feels like.
I did some research on plane crashes, and some geographical research because Peyton travels during the story. But mostly it's a character plot about the changes that take place in the protagonist.
I know they changed the setting for the movie--since they've set the story at Christmas, they wanted a place that LOOKED like Christmas, and Tampa Bay doesn't really qualify, not even with our decorations on full display. :-) Too much sunshine down here.
Tomorrow: the writing