been my favorite part of the writing process. In the last few years it’s become the easiest thing to do. Sitting at my kitchen table with my laptop and fast DSL I can gather more information than I could ever use.
Some information, however, falls short in stimulating my senses when viewed from my computer screen. When doing research for my Love by Chocolate Series, I refused to limit myself to an internet search. I needed to experience the tastes, smells, and textures of the decadent food I was writing about.
This dreamy, creamy research never ends. I’m working on book #3, Chocolate Muse, and still take advantage of any opportunity to expand my chocolate knowledge (hopefully not my waistline too).
On my recent trip to New Zealand, I discovered a great chocolate shop, Schoc Chocolate. www.chocolatetherapy.com The wonderful chocolatier guided me through an extraordinary chocolate tasting. I failed miserably at every attempt to identify the top flavors blended with the rich dark chocolate. Reluctantly, I limited my purchase to a lemon & cracked pepper and a lime & chili bar. Excess baggage charges can be heavy.
I am not a chocolate snob! I also toured the NZ Cadbury factory. They offer varieties not sold in the US. Once again I over indulged. Nothing compares to hands on research.
What’s your favorite chocolate? How do you do your research?