Writing and Blooming: A Sneak Peek into Researching My Next Heroine

For many, many, many months, I’ve been working on the edits for Running the Asset. Much of the work I’ve been doing lately involves research, confirming facts, and location scouting. It’s been a fun but time-consuming part of the job.

Not only has it been necessary for the story’s verisimilitude, but it’s also helped me connect with the characters on a far deeper level. It’s a process I want to streamline for future books in the series.

I mentioned this desire to my wonderful husband, Jez, and he came up with a great idea. Post to Cee’s FOTD challenge–he’s been posting his amazing flowers for several years now! (Give both Jez and Cee a follow to fill your day with stunning photos.)

Okay, why would I post to a Flower of the Day challenge to help with romantic suspense novel research? Well, my next heroine, Bron, is a florist (with some kick-ass moves).

So, to add a little beauty to your day and sneak in some low-grade research while building a deeper connection with Bron, I’m going to post some beautiful flower photos (fingers crossed) each day.

Here’s my first FOTD:

One of my all-time favourites, the Bird of Paradise. (I took about ten shots of this one in Santa Monica)

Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

16 thoughts on “Writing and Blooming: A Sneak Peek into Researching My Next Heroine

  1. Superb shot, Sweetie 😘 The blue really pops; I remember well that considerable clump of “birds” on Pacific Palisades 😃

    1. Thank you, Sweetie! That’s still one of my favourite spots in Santa Monica 😍

    2. I think we called them “those weird bird flowers” for ages 😂 So close!

  2. bushboy says:

    They are a stunning flower.
    A ggod idea from your ideas man 🙂

    1. Thank you, Brian! You can’t go wrong with a good ideas man 😃

  3. Such a beautiful flower, very well captured.
    I’ve never seen one in the wild.

    1. Thank you, Steffi! I’d never seen one until we were walking towards them. The shape and colours are just so striking that you fall in love with them. Well, I did 😊 I hope you get to see one in the wild some day.

      1. You never know! 😊

      2. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    I’m so glad that Jez finally talked you into joining the fun of flowers. He’s a great guy, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Your bird of paradise is a wonderful photo. I look forward to seeing you participate when you can. Thanks for joining in the sun 😀 😀

    1. Thank you for your kind words and warm welcome, Cee! You’re right, Jez is a great guy… we just need to be careful that we don’t boost his ego too much 😁

  5. Beautiful birds of paradise!

    1. Thank you so much!

  6. Chris Hall says:

    Gorgeous! I am very lucky to have these huge flowers in our garden. I love the photo!

    1. Thank you, Chris! I’m so, so jealous that you have one of these of your own… You’ll have to share some photos of it!😍

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