Some of my favorite book research involves travel, and I milked my trip to New Orleans for The Hoodoo Detective, book 6 of my Riga Hayworth urban fantasy/paranormal mystery novels.
Here's some fun stuff I gleaned:
Not just a newspaper article, an Obituary actually a new Orleans drink. Invented at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, it's as lethal as it looks, and surprisingly easy to mix. Just shake it up in a mixing glass with ice, and strain.
2 oz. gin
1/4 oz dry vermouth 1/4 ounce absinthe
But my trip was about more than soaking up the New Orleans atmosphere. I also got some research done on hoodoo, a uniquely American melange of Afro-Carribean and European folk magic.
Poppets are serious business, the "nuclear option" of the magical world.
Gris-gris bags can come in all shapes and sizes, depending on how you want to carry it with you.
About the Author
Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.