Against my own judgment, I’ve decided to do a little research.
Though I didn’t set out to write a book about being a stepdaughter or stepmother or stepsister, after 5+ years of working on my book, the step-factor —- societal views, family happenings, self-analysis/paralysis —- has become a central thread. A few months ago, someone in publishing suggested I do some research. I balked. No way, I said, I’m not writing a How-To-Guide, and I’m not, in general, a fan of the self-help section; I’m writing a story.
This week, however, my curiosity got the better of me and I headed to the library to see what’s out there. This is the stack of books I came home with.
One book opens with these 3 sentences: My marriage was meant to be. It was also doomed to fail. You see, I chose a man with children.
Another, on page one, suggested some questions to ask: What is it that you do or don’t like about spanking? What other forms of discipline are you for or against?
In another, Chapter 6 is titled: In This Blended Family, I Only Count When …
To be honest, just glancing at the colorful covers splayed out on the table is totally depressing — they all seem so flippin’ negative — but I’ve already lugged them home so I’m going to spend some time paging through to see what’s out there.
What kind of research have you done (or avoided) lately?