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!

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