Common Ground: Writers Answer Our Questions, by Dawn Ius

Common Ground: Chasing the Thrill—For Real

By Dawn Ius

Anyone with Google Maps and access to Yelp can pinpoint the exact address of the best pub in New York (Finnegan’s?) A deeper search might even net you pictures of the bar’s interior. Thanks to modern technology, novelists can complete  this—and almost any research—from the comforts of their home.

But even some of the most-savvy Yahoo searchers sometimes just want to break from virtual life and experience the sights, the sounds, and the energy of a time and place no amount of keyboard clicking can replicate. In some cases, though, authors can get much more than they bargained for.

In this issue of The Big Thrill, we asked our some of our authors this: What is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to you while researching a book.

Whether it’s the fear of running out of coffee to being chased by angry rioters during a political crap storm, their answers may surprise you. Scroll through the articles in The Big Thrill to see how far some will go to get the full story!

Dawn Ius

Dawn Ius is the author of three young adult novels with Simon Pulse (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), the latest, Lizzie, being a modern re-imagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden hatchet murders. She is the Managing Editor of The Big Thrill, a book coach with Author Accelerator, and is a staff writer for the animated TV show Rainbow Rangers. When not slaying fictional monsters, Dawn can be found geeking out over fairy tales, true love, Jack Bauer, muscle cars, kayaking, and all things creepy. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two giant breed dogs. Connect with her on Twitter via @dawnmius, or get the full scoop at
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