“We will all go to hell at the end of our days.”
From The Silent Order of God
Crime and mystery author
Twenty percent of the time taken to write a story (at least) is devoted to research. Write what you know, they all say. Well, I didn't grow up in South America in the 19th Century, so for my latest short story, it was
more of a case of write what you will have to find out. If that makes any sense. And one way I found out was by reading Machado de Assis' wonderful book "Dom Casmurro". It's one of the classics of Brazilian literature and a masterpiece of realism. Reading that book immediately gave me a setting for an idea I had scribbled down in a notebook; an idea looking for a time and a place.