The topic for this week’s Marketing for Romance Writers blog contest is what I learned when researching my book.
In the latest book in my Calusa Town Tales, I include a scene featuring an escaped emu. Yes, this actually happened back when I was the editor of our local newspaper. I got repeated calls of emu spottings in various neighborhoods. It took a few days to track the critter down and some firefighters and animal rescue to round it up, as I recall.
It doesn’t happen quite that way in Island Dream. In the fictional version, the emu serves as a means for two minor characters to work out their communication differences.
The actual research I did was to check emus’ height and habits. They can grow to 6′ 2″ in height and run as fast as 31 mph. They are grayish-brown in color and eat mostly plants and the occasional bug. And people really do raise them in Florida.
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