Research Trips with Girlfriends

Tea Time with Terri, Carrie, and Cathy in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Tea Time with Terri, Carrie, and Cathy in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Hi Friends, Our guest post today is written by author and special friend Cathy Gohlke. I hope you will follow the link at the end of the post for an amazing giveaway at NovelCrossing that includes 25 novels, 4 author gift baskets, and Starbucks Gift Cards!

Research tripping is one of the highlights of three-day writing retreats with girlfriend authors Terri Gillespie and Carrie Turansky, or during visits with my girlfriend/sister Gloria Delk.

Band of SistersOne research jaunt led us to a proper English tea set in a Victorian hotel in historic Jim Thorpe—dainty tea sandwiches, warm scones dripping in strawberry jam and Devonshire cream, served with steaming pots of Darjeerling.  We may have rattled the young waitress with our talk of awkward romantic interludes versus smooth talkers, faith arcs amid historical tragedies and mayhem, and whether or not to kill off important characters, but we left refreshed and with our brains a stirring.

She Does Good Hair by Terri Gillespie

Each of these discovery sessions have contributed to our books—everything from Terri’s soon-to-be-released She Does Good Hair, to Carrie’s October 2013 release of The Governess of Highland Hall, and my Promise Me This and Band of Sisters released last year.

Carrie and I look forward to joining Liz Curtis Higgs’s Scotland tour in May in search of stories yet to be written.  Based on current research needs, we just might slip into England for a few days of sleuthing.  It’s absolute joy to share writing and the wonder of friendship. Tongue in cheek, we call this “work!”

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One thought on “Research Trips with Girlfriends

  1. What a fun time that was. Always love spending time with my dear friends, Carrie and Cathy! This year, we’ll get to experience our place in the winter. Good thing our friendships will keep us warm.

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