Oh, The Research!

By Laura Drake


You know, it’s not easy being an author. Before you even begin writing, there’s the research. Sitting in dusty libraries for days at a time, staring out the window at the sunshine and wishing you were there, speaking in a permanent whisper. . .

so NOT!

Being a researching author nowadays, ROCKS!

medium_11586721266I’m writing my next Widow’s Grove novel, tentatively titled, Indigo’s Blues. A woman inherits a small boutique winery outside of Widow’s Grove. and she knows nothing from grapes. Funny, neither do I!  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to consume the ultimate product now and again, but growing grapes and producing wine? I’ve got nothing.

So the first place I head, of course, is the internet. I downloaded The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting and Running a Winery. It helped, but it was kind of like doing brain surgery from a manual. Then I tapped my peeps on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I’ve gotten some great feedback and fascinating info.

But writing this fish out water story convincingly is going to take more than that.

                 Can you say FIELD TRIP?!

IMG_0272Before I left California, I reached out to some  small wineries in the Central California grape growing region. Jeff Weins, of Wiens Family Cellars helped me out, answering about a zillion newbie questions, and he even consulted on a plot twist!  Don’t you love how virtual strangers will help an author?

The hardest part was saving the tasting for last. I didn’t want to get home and not be able to make sense of my notes!

Wouldn't you like to be sipping wine HERE?!

Wouldn’t you like to be sipping wine HERE?!

Boy, I’m loving this book already  . . .

Cover SweetonYou SMALL The last book in Laura’s  Sweet on a Cowboy series, Sweet On You, releases in August, and is available for preorder HERE.

Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people’s pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn’t know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn’t expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title-and he doesn’t need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.






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