Wednesday, May 03, 2017

IWSG: Researching Can Be Fun

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Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

This is an easy one for me. I landed my agent with a series about tweens who ghost hunt for fun. It came close to being bought, spending eight months with one big publisher who finally passed because by then the ghost hunting craze was dead...but a movie with the same title as my series came out in 2016:



I've never done more "research" than I did while I was writing my Ghost Patrol books. We took a day trip to see this haunted place in Kentucky:



We stayed in this haunted hotel and even did a little amateur ghost hunting. But the only thing going on there was a cross-dressing beauty pageant.



Taking it a step farther, I actually took a ghost-hunting class at a local community college. I learned that I'm probably never going to see a ghost...not sure why. But that doesn't stop me from being fascinated by them.


Video clip credit: Ghost Hunters
Have you ever done something fun in the name of "research?"

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  1. A cross-dressing beauty pageant would be scary enough.
    Shame that series never sold. Maybe you can revisit it someday?

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    1. My husband said that about the pageant. I missed the whole thing. He was looking for something and wandered into the room where it was being held! I do hope to be able to revisit Ghost Patrol someday. Unfortunately, I'll probably have to rename it since the movie used my title!

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  2. Ghost hunting, you are brave. I don't have the courage. I don't believe in ghosts, and yet they seem to believe in me. :)
    Too empathic - and the fear gets to me every time!

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    1. I'm the other way around--I believe in ghosts and they don't believe in me. I'll never see one. I think that's made me brave. I was the only one with the courage to go into the dressing rooms in the pool area of the Queen Mary...it's supposedly a "vortex." I wanted to see something...I just never do. I think that makes me bolder, maybe? I'm a bit skeptical...I feel like ghosts don't just jump out because we're on a ghost tour!

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    2. I think you're right about the ghost tour. They don't seem to like to 'perform on command'. I've experienced more in day to day life than on any 'hunt' I've been on.

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  3. Wow! You did do a lot of research about ghosts. I'm impressed that you went so far as to take a class about it. Don't worry. I don't think I'll see a ghost either.

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    1. Yeah, the instructor told me that if I chose to do ghost hunting (I won't!), I'd be the "skeptic" on the team. I'm more a fan of debunking ANY mystery...when they can't be debunked, I'm fascinated, but first I want to try to solve it.

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  4. Wow, taking a class on ghost hunting. I didn't know any existed. At least I don't know of any in my neck of the woods. Sounds kind of weird and a bit spooky.

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    1. Since ghost hunting isn't as big as it was a few years ago, probably not. A few people figured out how to capitalize on the trend!

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  5. I have a friend who lives in an old farmhouse here 'haunted' by the original owner. She and her friends have seen him on occasion standing in the kitchen. If I ever drive by and see him mowing the lawn, I'll be convinced he exists, lol.

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    1. A ghost that mows the lawn would be a very handy ghost. Maybe one that cleans and cooks, too?!

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  6. Well, if you ever need a side career, you know that you have ghost hunting as an option! Though I think the cross-dressing beauty pageant would be way more interesting than sitting in a dark empty house all night hoping for spooky sounds.

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    1. I think you're right. No way would I have the patience to do it. Ghost hunting shows don't really convey that they're there for HOURS...multiple nights. And then they go back and go through all the footage, one frame at a time. At least they were getting paid well for it. Most ghost hunters do it as a hobby. Only TV shows would pay you for that!

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  7. Adore the ghost patrol cover, Stephanie. I watch a lot of ghost hunter programmes on TV. Even wrote a haunted house short story a few years ago which was well received. But I am the biggest scardy cat on the planet and I'd run a mile if something felt eerie. Have a super week.

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  8. What fun! I think it would be a blast to hunt for ghosts. I've been to so-called haunted places and have felt energies but I've never seen a ghost.

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  9. Wow! You went all in with this one and sounds hilarious! As a Blogger I see "research" in almost any situation, like watching television, or going to Walmart. There always seems like there is a story to be told. Hugs...

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  10. I'd love to go ghost hunting. I've been on a few ghost walks, but I've never seen anything paranormal. Or, shall I say, I've never seen anything I've known to be paranormal!

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  11. It's all fun to me or I wouldn't do it. Okay maybe not all of it. I know more than I want to on forensics. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  12. Wait...go back to the cross dressing beauty pageant...

    I'd rather see that over a ghost any day. Ghosts scare me. I don't want to bump into one!

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  13. Love it. My hubby did take me somewhere once for book research, but I can't remember when or where. Is that sad? It's been a long time apparently. =)

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  14. I've gone to an aquarium and asked some of the workers about the working of it and took a lot of pictures for reference. Now I'm not even sure the story is good. LOL

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  15. interesting research needed for your book. And fun too. I can't say I've had to dig deep for a book - I need a plot line first. Ha!

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  16. I love anything to do with ghosts - I could spend absolutely ages on Reddit on the ghosts/creepy stuff forums. Unfortunately I do tend to creep myself out though!

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  17. I love stories about ghosts and the paranormal. Research can be interesting and fun but, from personal experience, I've found it can also be a little unsettling depending on the topic. Great post!

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  18. That sounds like fun. It sounds like you really dove in heart and soul. Good for you!

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  19. Ghost hunting sounds fascinating, Stephanie. If you ever make it out to Vancouver Island, we have plenty of places out here that are said to be 'haunted'!

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  20. Ooooo...paranormal activity is the coolest and scary. I've never seen a ghost, but my kids have. And we did have a poltergeist in our house. We named her Nudey Judy. She'd move things around, but we think she skipped town.
    Maybe your agent didn't sell that first book, but you've gained a lot of success with your Piper Books!!

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  21. Fun! They may have passed on it, but I think the craze is far from dead. I can't count the paranormal programs out. (Or are they all old and we just keep watching repeats? Very possible.) All my paranormal friends would vouch for it still be a fascinating field to many.

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  22. Researching ghosts is so much fun. I once attended a conference with ghost hunters. They showed pictures they'd taken where you could see a hazy shape in the picture. They played sounds that were creepy. They truly believed in ghosts and they sort of convinced me.

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  23. Your ghost hunting sounds like a blast! Fun book research is the best kind of book research. Bummer about the publisher being wonky.

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  24. Ghost hunting sounds like a fun and slightly scary topic to research. I had no idea there were even classes you could do on it.

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  25. Research can be a great deal of fun! I plan on doing something a bit fun this summer in the name of research, so ... yes, in the future? :)

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  26. How fun! Where did the book end up? And you went from ghosts to Piper Morgan? There's a story in that.

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  27. That would have been fun to research. I hope you found a place to publish after all that work...or a future book maybe?

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  28. That sounds so cool! I would have love to do this research with you!

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