Yesterday I didn't really have time to post. This is because my schedule is absolutely CRAZY. I have two books due and they're both going to be late (not my fault but I won't get into that!).
The reason why my nonfiction books take longer is because I do REASEARCH! Lots of it. The story I'm working on now starts in 1903 and goes through the 60s. Think about all the changes in clothing styles, home decorating, transportation, etc. For example--Did you know that bathing suits until the 30s weren't at all what we use today? It was NOT acceptable for men to prance around in shorts--their upper bodies had to be covered! The shirts they wore were very much like skirts. Women wore what I'd describe as dresses to the beach. True, they had what they called "swimwear" but it certainly didn't look comfortable to swim in!
Here's a sample of the research images I get (and I use a ton of them!)
I often ask myself why I'm so interested in nonfiction since fiction is easier and a heck of a lot less time consuming! But the answer is always the same--it's a challenge and I learn something new!