I write paranormal stuff. To a point this is because I love it and am fascinated by the possibilities. It’s also because it tends to require less research. See, I’m GREAT at research. It’s part of that Evil Day Job training. One does not go through grad school for an academic degree in a science or social science without being good at research. And I’m almost TOO good in the sense that in the past, I have often gotten obsessed with “getting it right,” to the exclusion of anything else.
But even writing paranormal I still have to do some research. Locations. Fighting styles. Mythology. Folklore. And I never know what else.
This week’s strange search topics: search and rescue and scent cones.
Elodie’s interest in and background in search and rescue will play a role in Red. It comes from her backstory, and will wind up lending credence to her survival skills later in the story. But it was the scent cone stuff that had me off on a tangent last night. This stuff is fascinating. From what I’m reading, scent particles fan out in a sort of funnel (called the scent cone), and are affected by all kinds of stuff like temperature, humidity, wind, barometric pressure, terrain, surfaces… And it all makes a difference to how a dog–or a werewolf on the verge of turning–can track it. So I’ve got to take what I’ve been reading and apply it to this scene where she’s starting to embrace the wolf and actually USE the superior sense of smell to track a guy who’s gone missing.
What are some of the stranger things you’ve wound up researching for a book?