For a thriller book/horror book lover and writer, researching monsters like Bigfoot, Moth Man, the Jersey Devil and more is something I call fun. Usually I conduct my research online…like when I found the ultimate Bigfoot encounter site, Pacwest Bigfoot.
“Where do you get your ideas from?” This question is posed by readers more than any other. While in part my overactive imagination plays a big role in writing my Vermont-based thriller novels, there is also a fertile supply of ideas right outside my front door.
Research that goes into writing thriller books such as Silence in the Woods, fascinates me. In fact, if I’m not careful, it can overtake the writing process completely. But researching the Vermont Hospital for the Insane was a remarkable and eye-opening experience. Where to begin? I started at the very beginning: a visit to the Vermont State Archives.