The book is so artfully written. I really appreciated the notes in the back discussing the artwork which served as inspiration for the story. My question is this: what is your research process? And, how does the research shape your writing?
I first start by researching the artist and the artworks. Then I study the time period and the place and its history. I often research the friends of the artist as well. If I can, I go to the locale of where the story is set and note the weather, the architecture, the terrain. All of this helps me to feel grounded in the story.