Last Saturday, I was hiking with a friend who was around for the full pre-publication lifespan of The Demon Always Wins. (I started working on it in May, 2012 and didn’t publish until September, 2018.)
She mentioned that she’s reading Dante’s Inferno.
In preparation for writing The Demon Always Wins, I read:
- Dante’s Inferno
- Milton’s Paradise Lost
- The Book of Job (multiple times)
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- Books about the Book of Job.
- Critiques of The Inferno.
- Critiques of Paradise Lost.
The protagonist of The Demon’s in the Details is a painter. Since I know doo-wah about art, before I started working on it, I read several books about art, including a novel based on a young boy’s fictional encounter with Georgia O’Keeffe, for whom my heroine is named.
As I was reviewing all of this, I thought, “Jeez, no wonder it takes me forever to write a book.”
It’s not unusual, in the romance industry, for writers to publish a book every couple of months.
I’m guessing they don’t do a survey of Western Literature in preparation for each one.