All writers research differently. I plan my novels to be in the settings and explore the topics that already pique my curiosity because the research for them can take up to a year. Which is an awfully long time if it was to be spent on something I have no interest in. Of course my books also require I check up on the sort of things that would normally have me yawning or skimming the details to get it over with, but that’s part of the job. Here are some pieces about my favourite topics to research, and the ones that nearly drove me around the bend.