I love writing historical fiction. Possibly because I've always been a history nerd, fascinated by the countless cultures, eras and people that came before us. Our present day like a quilt made out of centuries of human evolution.
If you're a writer who wants to take on a period piece, I only have one advice: you better love your research, girl! And I do. It's like being transported into a new universe, every little fact a puzzle piece in the world you're (re-)creating in your mind and on the page.
One of my projects is set in Berlin in 1944. So naturally I hopped on the next flight to Germany to take advantage of all the first-hand research materials. Just kidding, I wish I was that baller. I did make it to Berlin eventually tough, after months of scouring US libraries for german history books mind you. And all I gotta say is: Germany knows how to do libraries. The Staatsbibliothek is so well designed, it hurts. It's not just quiet, it's SERENE. The perfect place to forget time and shamelessly unleash your inner (or outer) nerd. I mean, check out the pictures! Needless to say, I'll be back.