Monday, August 15, 2011

Why I Need a Jeweled Dagger

Dance of the Setting Sun

I'm doing research on a new book. Having recently finished and sent off Whispers on Shadow Bay, the first book in my new Noble Island Mysteries series, I am giddy with excitement to begin learning something new.

That something new is for book two, Secrets at Crescent Point. It is a story that centers on the gypsy clan that inhabits the outskirts and surrounding waters of Noble Island. As an author, I create worlds for my characters and the reader with as much detail as possible and that is why I do a lot of research before I begin writing.

For instance, I've been researching the Romani gypsies. Things like clothing descriptions, particularly the dresses used in the veil dances and festivals. 

I learned that in the Romani gypsy culture, family name can hearken back to what the family's occupation used to be whether a silver smith, wood carver, performer, etc. I also hope to find some recipes to try.

My Baby
My husband isn't quite convinced I need a dagger to write this book, but he did not see the bound dagger fight...yes, as in bound by a rope or long piece of silk at the wrists to the guy that is trying to stab you.

I mean, pirates had daggers...gladiators, evil spy chicks, even the Mughals of India. Surely, I need one as well! For research, of course. Plus it would look VERY cool next to all the other bizarre detritus of my writing obsession.

What about you?  What do you most love about researching a new book?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think a story that features gypsies would be neat!

I like all the stuff I end up learning when I do research.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a cool looking dagger!

Isis Rushdan said...

Gorgeous dagger.

I love knowing that through my research I'll be able to make my world come alive with details and authenticity (as much as possible considering I write paranormal/urban fantasy)

Carol Riggs said...

Oh, VERY gorgeous dress photo there; love it! Have fun researching. It sounds intriguing. :)

David Powers King said...

I've done thinks like that. I found an awesome dagger at a garage sale once that has a horse-head grip. It found a place in one of my yet-to-write stories.

Trisha said...

That's as good a reason as any to buy a jewelled dagger! I would! hehe

Raquel Byrnes said...

L. Diane - One of my favorite parts of writing is the research, too!

Alex - I KNOW, right? Its...dazzling.

Isis - Hee hee, you fantasy writers are so amazing to me!

Carol - The dresses and dances are so beautiful.

David - Ooh! Another dagger lover. I approve. Can't wait to see how you use it in your story.

Trisha - I concur...sigh. Maybe. :)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

A dagger is completely necessary for research purposed :)
I'm a big history buff, so I get a real kick out of researching for fantasy. I love looking into historic cultures and using their ways of thinking so shape my story.
I recently found out that I am partly descended from Romani gypsies, which is pretty awesome :)

DEZMOND said...

sounds like a very fun research, Raquel! We have lots of Gypsies in my country too, and ours are mostly known for their love of music which is very dynamic and vivid.

Liz Davis said...

I love your blog and your header is gorgeous.

Monja de Clausura Orden de Predicadores said...

Paso a saludarla, estoy en tiempo de vacaciones en mi blog.
Le dejo mi ternura