When to do research in your writing process, how to organize it, the pitfalls of too much research, and the gems your research obstacles might offer you. We have two historical novelists, Lara Prescott and Crystal King, on board to help us with research how-tos.
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Crystal King is the bestselling author of The Chef’s Secret and Feast of Sorrow, the latter of which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a Must Read for the MassBook Awards. She is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at several universities including Harvard Extension School, Boston University and UMass Boston, as well as at GrubStreet. You can find her at crystalking.com.
Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, was an instant NYT bestseller, a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, an Edgar Award nominee for Best First Fiction, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and winner of 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award in Fiction. It has been translated into thirty languages and is being adapted for television by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions. Lara lives in coastal New Hampshire with her family.