posted on April 16, 2015 by Annie Seaton

The Best Kind of Research

by Annie Seaton –

Tuscany-500pxFrom a very early age, I would pick up anything that had words on it and read. Whether it was the newspaper, a flyer, an advertisement, a billboard, a book or a magazine…I would read it. A thirst for knowledge, a desire to know what was happening in the world and the opportunity to experience other places, worlds, lives, and times was available to me through the written word.

Move forward to the second decade of the twenty-first century and the internet is at my fingertips. Oh, what a delight for an author. To be able to research exotic places far away, to be able to verify facts and dates and to look at images of exotic settings.

I do much of my research, verifying facts and places using the internet. My love of reading and research melded into a highly satisfying career when I left school and studied to be a librarian. During my twenty-year career with books and the written word… I worked in a variety of library settings. This stood me in good stead as I researched my books. Ley lines in Hot Rock, Italian islands in Italian Affair, crocodiles in Dangerous Desire…there is always something to research. Even though my stories are fiction, every fact in them is checked meticulously.

However Ten Days in Tuscany was written after a very special research trip. In the summer of 2014 I was very fortunate to attend a writer’s retreat in Tuscany with Eloisa James and twelve other wonderful women (see the dedication on the front of the book )

Everything in this story was verified through painstaking and most enjoyable personal research while I achieved a dream and visited Tuscany! The gelati, the landscape, the restaurant, the old cottage, the village, the hand bag store, the fortified wall of the village… all personally researched and I loved every minute of it!

I love research and I love being an author and sharing my stories with my readers!

What is on the top of your bucket list? Tuscany was mine!

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Ten Days in Tuscany

Sign: Cancer

One lie will ruin everything…

Gia Carelli waits tables in her small Tuscan village, dreaming of a life in which her overbearing family allows her to move to Florence to pursue art. Everyone expects her to marry a nice local boy and raise a horde of bambini, but when a gorgeous, wealthy stranger visits, Gia wonders if maybe her stars are about to change.

Nic Baldini has returned to his Tuscan Villa for a much-needed break from the responsibilities of his powerful family. Struck by local artist Gia Carelli’s raw talent and passion, he finds himself wanting to help her…and lies about his identity in order to gain her trust. But as theirpatron-protegée relationship is quickly eclipsed by desire, Nic realizes that one tiny lie could cost him the woman he’s falling for.

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Annie Seaton

I live in Australia, on the beautiful north coast of New South Wales. I sit in my writing chair and look out over the tranquil Pacific Ocean.Retired from the world of full time work, I am fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing, and currently have thirteen books published and available, with more to come in 2015, including my first print single title with Pan Macmillan Australia. I write contemporary romance and love telling the stories that always have a happily ever after. I live with my own hero of many years. Our two children are now grown up and married, and we have two beautiful grandchildren. We share our home with "Bob" the dog and two white cats. My love of reading and history began at an early age and I was a child who always carried a book (or two) no matter what I was doing. Several of my favourite books were confiscated from underneath my desk by teachers who had no understanding of my capacity to read while I was doing my school work! My love of writing developed in "composition" classes during primary school and continued throughout the completion of an English and History degree. My working life has seen me through several major career changes. I now have retired from the world of full time work and have fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. I am delighted that my first print book will hit the bookshops in December 2015. Watch out for Kakadu Sunset.


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One thought on “The Best Kind of Research”

  1. Juanita Rice says:

    Tuscany is definitely on my bucket list! 🙂

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