Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, March 14, 2011
Once upon a time, I had a chance to listen to best-selling author Anne
Perry talk about research. She said, and I'm paraphrasing here, If
you're writing a story set in a sewer, you can do your research on the
internet, but if you're writing a story set in Venice, you can fly to
Italy and claim it on your taxes as a business expense.
I've been looking for a location somewhere in the northwest corner of
New Jersey to use as the setting for a certain short story. In this
context, I'm not sure whether New Jersey is Italy or the sewer, but I
did find the location that I need for this little tale of murder. I
started my research online, but when I found what I was looking for, I
knew I had to log off the computer and see for myself. So, late this
afternoon, I took a little ride, just about a hundred miles round trip.
The location is perfect. The story will be in the mail within the next
couple of days.