Today's entry might be a little short as I am literally minutes away from recording for Smash Fiction (@SmashFicPodcast) . I'm terribly excited, but I still have a duty to this blog and I will fulfill it. So today, being Dia de los Muertos and all, I figured I'd talk about the cultural research I've had to do for The Paladin.
Being of Mexican heritage, I've always had a strange relationship with Dia de los Muertos. My family didn't really celebrate it... or care about it... but they encouraged me to understand it through other means. That mostly meant my school. That got me on a kick of learning about holidays and cultural celebrations that I still have to this day.
Because the Paladin Order exists worldwide, I have to do a lot of research on how local customs work, what monsters would even exist there, and how I think the government there might handle the existence of the paranormal. I've had to learn about how the Canadian government works, what a nuckelavee is and how to kill it, and why the Roman Catholic church's presence might not be welcomed in certain countries. All and all, it's been very engaging. I've loved every moment of it and look forward to starting on my next novel so I can begin researching even more stuff. But for now, I have to go argue why Thor would beat Wonder Woman in a fight.
Be excellent to each other!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.