Sunday, December 15, 2013

Authentic recreation through valid research and imagination...

 Ever since I can remember, I would pick up anything that had words on it and read. Whether it was the newspaper, a flyer, an advertisement, a billboard, a book or a magazine...I would read it. A thirst for knowledge, a desire to know what was happening in the world and the opportunity to experience other worlds, lives, and times was available to me through the written word.

Move forward to the second decade of the twenty-first century and the internet is at my fingertips. Oh, what a delight for an author. To be able to research exotic places far away, to be able to verify historical facts and dates and to look at images of exotic settings.
Stuck for a character’s name? Need to know how windows were placed in manor houses in seventeen the century England?
Log on and look at the millions of images and explanations available to you.

To be able to create worlds which spring up in your imagination is a wonderful past time. To recreate the historical period and fill them with characters is a joy.

Is this love of research a trait common to all writers? I’m not sure...
My love of reading and research melded into a highly satisfying career when I left school and studied to be a librarian. During my twenty-year career with books and the written word... I worked in a variety of library settings and honed my research skills.

My training and experience as a librarian has been a marvellous asset as I have turned to my lifelong dream of writing. The ability to carry out effective searches on the internet and separate the wheat from the chaff on the myriad of sites out there, as well as being able to recognise fraudulent sites was honed in my early years as a research librarian. Now that love of research and the amazing search engines and images on the internet all contribute to my creation of alternative worlds in my steampunk books, and accurate settings in my historical books...of course, it also helps to have a very vivid imagination to kick it all off!

Come on over and read some of my bizarre creations. Winter of the Passion Flower has some unusual machinery in an alternative setting. In Summer of the Moon Flower, the Scottish government refuses to let those English steampunk inventions across the border.Despite the fictional events, the settings in these fantasy novels are authentic and were a joy to research. It was also helped by my memories of a previous visit to Scotland.  
And currently being researched and written...a most exciting story of missing emeralds, and pirates in eighteenth century New Orleans. Book 1 of the Emerald Quest... which is the first book in a five book continuity series and still to get a title...will be out in 2014.
have recently finished researching and writing a time travel story which will be out in February. Hot Rock is about ley lines and the mystical Glastonbury.

The historical periods in all of my books were verified through painstaking and most enjoyable research.
I love research and I love being an author and sharing my stories with my readers.
Come along and live in my worlds!
What do you love best about historical novels?
 I will giveaway a copy of my mythical Blind Lust to a randomly drawn commented. Now that was a fun book to research!

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by all things historical and has found her niche writing romance, ranging from contemporary, paranormal and a foray into steampunk, where strong heroines and brooding heroes fight together to make their alternative world a better place! Her eleventh book will be published in February.

Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town of New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and when she is not researching or writing, she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.
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Maggi Andersen said...

Sounds like a great read, Annie. I hope it sells heaps!

Venetia Green said...

Steampunk set in Scotland sounds lovely, Annie! And you do have such lovely covers for your 'flower' books.
I too work in a library (although I'm not a qualified librarian). It's just wonderful to be surrounded by so much diverse knowledge and potential story ideas.

Elizabeth Ellen Carter said...

Research is great fun and I've found that it has enhanced my stories - I moved the action forward by four years in my latest because there was real drama to be mined in the foreshadowing of a real life event.

Joanna Lloyd's Lusitania story is another great example how excellent research - particularly historic research makes for a better book.

The powerful description of real time, place and events is a real gift Annie!

Suzi Love said...

I'm like you, Annie, and love doing the research. Isn't the world a fascinating place? Especially when we get to delve deeper into history. Wonderful!