Do you write primarily from experience, or are you a keen researcher – and has that research ever changed the course of the story?
There is no better way to procrastinate than research but in a historical fantasy like Irenicon it’s key. Dates and trivia are not as important as learning to appreciate the ways people of the past thought differently. It’s easy to assume contemporary mores are universal and eternal. I like stories that begin by whipping the safety blanket away from you.
Research didn’t change my story – I knew the broad course before I started – but it definitely helped me to navigate and breathe life into it.