Today I have the awesome privilege to welcome Suzanne Hartmann as a guest on my blog. Welcome Suzanne.
Suzanne Hartmann is a homeschool mom of three and lives in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition & Linguistics from Western Illinois University. To relax, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. She began writing fiction when her children were young, and four of her short stories were published in a Milliken Publishing reading workbook. PERIL: Fast Track Thriller Bk. #1 is her debut novel.
On the editorial side, Suzanne is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service. Through her blog, Write This Way, she has become known as an author who can explain writing rules and techniques in easy-to-understand terms. Her popular Top 10 series of articles formed the basis for her e-book on the craft of writing, Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level
“FIELD TRIP” RESEARCH
Whenever an author starts a novel, there will eventually come a point when he or she needs to do some research. Most of the time we search for information on-line or check books out from the library. Maybe an interview or two is in order. The most fun type of research, however, is when it can be made into a field trip.
I had multiple opportunities to take “field trips” to gain research material for my novel, PERIL when I began volunteering with Midwest Raceway Ministries. For four years, I worked as a chaplain during the NASCAR Nationwide and Truck races at Gateway Speedway, just outside St. Louis. Not only did I have a chance to attend races, but I was given a Hot Pit Pass and experienced the action from the infield. My favorite part of the “research” was watching qualifying from pit road.