Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

​Oh, the Places We’ll Go—Research Adventures of Six Children’s Book Authors! by Heather Lang


Today’s re-blog may seem like it’s only for folks with kids…

Check out this statement about the author:

She “…loves to research and write about real women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and never gave up on their dreams.”

Nerdy Book Club

There are few experiences as magical as getting lost in a book. How do authors go about crafting that mesmerizing experience for their readers? For starters, the people, places, and emotional journey of a book must feel authentic. To achieve that authenticity authors often go to great lengths to research the details that will bring their stories to life. Research can be fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging, even downright scary! But without authenticity—poof—the magic vanishes.


When I began researching my new picture book biography Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, I knew I needed to dive, literally, into the research. Eugenie Clark dedicated her life to studying sharks in their natural environment and replacing fear with facts. How was I supposed to write about her underwater adventures when I had never plunged below the ocean’s surface? And what about the fact that…

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