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I live in a quiet, historic town where the only exciting things to happen occur in books. Most days, you can find me with a cup of tea in one hand, hunched over my laptop as I write, read, or research.

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WIP Watch: Day 4

Because I live in Canada, a lot of the research I do for my books stems from books and articles. In fact, being that I am back at home at the moment, that is how a good chunk of my month will be spent. The new WIP, Speak Not of Murder, is the first book I will write taking place in the Victorian era. Technically, this book will be right on the cusp of Queen Victoria’s coronation, but I need to research the era better nevertheless. Here is a peek into my reading list this month:

Although I have quite a bit of reading to brush up on, I was lucky enough to do the bulk of my research hands-on. I spent three weeks this past August in the UK, two and a half of which were spent in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I walked down Grey Street, a new attraction to the city during Speak Not of Murder. I shopped in Grainger Market, also a recent addition to the city. I sat on the same steps outside St. Nicholas Cathedral where in those days the city watchmen met to begin their patrol.

The atmosphere, the flavour of that beautiful city is steeped into my bones. Had I known I would be inspired to write a book set there, I would have taken more pictures and video.

I did, however, manage to find myself unattended in Newcastle Keep, a castle dating back to the 1100s. In the time of Speak Not of Murder, it would have been used as a prison.

If you enjoyed that little vlog, you might be equally amused by this one, also filmed at Newcastle castle. There are certain things you simply don’t realize about castles until you find yourself in one!

I am off to the mountain of books that await me for research. I swear, I can hear the clock ticking down the seconds until November arrives and I’m due to begin writing this book!

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