Author Andrea Portes gives us the five creative resources she can’t live without:
I would not be able to do what I do without Google. I wrote an entire book that was set in Michigan, and I’ve never even been to Michigan. Google Images in particular allows me to come up with imagery that is always better and more specific than what was in my mind. So if I’m writing a scene that’s set in a really divey bar in another state, I can search for images of bars in that state and come up with details like a black and white tile floor or even the name of a bar like “Dreamers”, which was perfect for the story I was writing because for these characters the bar was where all their dreams are actually over. The things that are real are always so much better than what’s in my mind.
Similarly, I go to realtor.com constantly to look at other people’s houses to figure out where I want to set things. The book I’m working on now is called Rich Kids and it’s set in the world of the very wealthy. I’ve been in some nice houses in my life, but to be able to actually look at the inside of a $12 million estate in Amagansett gives me the type of detail that I never would have expected.