September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Presents: A Writer's Lunch at the Mechanics Institute Library - Why Novelist Might Need a Press Pass
It is a curious phenomenon but often happens. You have an idea for a piece of fiction. Even if it is science fiction or fantasy, model after many cultures combined, real or imagined--you need the facts even to manipulate them. First sources are always a good reference. How do you get to first sources and what do you do with what you learn -- long before Chasing Mercury was finished I found myself transferring all kinds of knowledge into the settings, place, time and characters. But what about your outlet besides the novel?