No, not hey hey it’s novel to do research (which it kind of is).
More like, researching to write a novel. These are the things I need to know about: Pig Farming in the late 40s and early 50s. Women in the military in WWII, what they would have been doing in France. Women’s health and birthing politics in France in the early 50s. The rest of it I know about: bad romantic choices, guilt, and too much working.
Here are the characters so far:
There have to be children and other lovers.
This story will honor my grandma, my dad’s mom. She was a before-her-time kind of feminist, but would never have called herself one. She was proud and smart. She was someone to admire.