writing tips


In order to maintain believability in your storyline, whether it be a romance or a science fiction novel, you need to do your research.

This is where the fun begins. Digging through dusty tomes at the local library, or surfing the net, research can lead you on a merry dance. From locations all over the world, to politics, and religion. From social class to working knowledge. The research you dig for defines your characters, and sets the stage for the story you will share.


In my novel, Tidal Falls, I’ve researched dog handlers in the U.S. Navy and have gained a healthy respect for their heroism. Without these well-trained animals leading the way and smelling out explosives, many of our brave soldiers wouldn’t be with us today.


How about you? Share some of what you’ve learned through research, we’d love to hear it.

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.   She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)


  1. I love research! But oh my, can I get sidetracked by it… hours vanish. Now I also teach about subjects people often research so I even have more excuse for researching so I stay on top of my subjects 🙂

    But the most fun ever, was when I decided to do some personal heritage research and went to Scotland, via Google street view. I spent a whole weekend and felt like I’d actually been there!

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    • Lol, I’m not sure if I should say thanks for letting me know about Google street view or not! I’m going to check it out now, 🙂


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