Oh, the answers we got! I'm going to share a few of them here (because they're too awesome not to), and then I hope you will have some of your own to add to the list.
Mine: "I purchased a Frist Response pregnancy test, used it, and later threw it with violence against the bathroom floor to see if it would break, and if so, how and in how many pieces." (Not the one in the picture. That one is our first evidence of "baby" Logan and I still have that test.)
I asked Jessica about the research behind her latest cover: "LOL!! Lots of buried stuff."
Author Cara Grandle: "I hosted a poker party because I've never played and needed to take notes. I visited a friend who owns draft horses to see if I could climb on without a saddle (I couldn't but a young 20s guy did). I made my husband lay on the floor and fake unconscious while I tried to drag him and get him up on the bed (not happening). I had my husband carry me limp a couple city blocks to see if it was attractive or a hot sweaty, puffing for air mess (I ain't petite. It was a mess). And I laid across the back of a horse while someone else led it to see if I could be unconscious on my stomach and limp and not just slide off one side or the other. That one worked..."
How about that?
So next time you feel like doing some serious research but feel weird and wacky, don't. I don't think I will ever beat some of these girls... Chances are you won't either. So go and be a little weird.
Your turn. What's the wackiest thing you've done so far in the name of research?
Patricia Beal writes contemporary Christian fiction and is represented by Leslie Stobbe of the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. Her debut novel, A Season to Dance, comes out on May 9, 2017 (Bling! / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). The pre-order link is up!
She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature and then worked as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army for seven years. Now, after a 10-year break in service, she is an Army editor. She and her husband live in El Paso, Texas, with their two children.
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