Sometimes, research requires me to dig into obscure and strange places to get information. Right now, for example, I’m looking into the Australian foster care system and pediatric prosthetics. Other times, something just perfect pops into your life to solve a research dilemma.
One of those perfect pop-ups happened to me in doing the research for The Texan’s Second Chance. Since this is the third book set on the Blue Thorn Bison Ranch, I didn’t need to augment much of what I already knew about raising bison. I am delighted to note, however, that Bison became the Official U.S. Mammal during this series (hooray!).
No, I needed to learn about food trucks. After all, Jenna comes onto the Blue Thorn Ranch to be the creative chef behind the family’s bison burger food truck. I love doing food research. Bison burgers—if you didn’t know—are delicious and very good for you.
One of the questions I always ask my sources is “which movies or TV shows get it right, and which get it wrong?” Most bakers will tell you their life doesn’t look anything like “Cake Boss,” while a firefighter told me he felt “Ladder 49” nailed it. In the age of DVDs and Netflix, a writer has a host of great info at her fingertips—if she knows what to watch and what to skip.
My food truck source sent me straight to the movie “Chef” to give me a good grounding in the ins and outs of food truck life. Not only was it a good night’s entertainment—it’s a very good movie even if you aren’t doing research—but I learns tons of stuff and came away with a pile of questions to ask my source.
My favorite reader comment so far was how hungry the book made her for several of the specific dishes mentioned. It warms a writer’s heart to know my grilled cheese description sent you straight to the kitchen to make one!
How about you? What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a movie lately?