Here’s what Patricia Cornwell, the author of Red Mist, says about her research: She actually visited Savannah many times, as well as a prison there, where she talked to inmates and watched them in different settings (sitting in class, training dogs in the courtyard).
That’s why her writing is so good. The setting itself is a character, she says, which is true.
To other writers this gifted author gives an invaluable advice: Don’t give up!
Thank you, Ms. Cornwell! 🙂