Lots of things happen to the people in my stories that have never happened to me, they go to places, do things, get involved in things which I never have; I can imagine how they might feel, what they might see, what they might do, how they might manage… but sometimes my lack of experience in something means I have to do a little research, and ask other people. Sometimes I avoid actually describing it by the people involved ‘not wanting to remember’ the incident, or just having ‘flashes of memory’, but sometimes it is so integral that it just has to be written about.
Magick, my sequel to Radwinter, has a genealogical theme again, but it also has other story-lines one of which involves the search for a missing girl. She is a runaway so she hasn’t been kidnapped or abducted, her parents just want to know where she is and perhaps try and make contact. Unfortunately, her husband is now big in the world of crime, and the main character in ‘Magick’ gets a physical warning to stay away, i.e. he is beaten up. Now thankfully I have never been beaten up, and my only experience of seeing it happen is seeing it acted on TV. In my story the actual fight is just a blur of punching and pain, but what I need to find out about is how the victim feels afterwards… yes, I know he will be in pain (no bones broken) and covered in bruises, but how long will he be in agony for, when will he feel physically OK but still have the bruises? How long does it take a bruise or a black eye to fade? I have no idea I’m glad to say, but I need to find out for my story!