J asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hello! I'm curious--have you always loved doing research, and if not, when did it click for you? Do you have a certain process you like to follow? What is it you love about research?

Ruta Sepetys Hello!

Yes, I've always loved research and hunting down hidden information. It feels like being a historical detective. :) In terms of my research process, I first read all of the nonfiction sources available. I speak with academics and historians. I then travel to the country where the story takes place to research the landscape, the culture, and the people. I generally interview many people while researching a book. I then weave stories from many people together into one character so that way I'm representing a larger human experience and not just one person.

Thanks for asking!
Ruta Sepetys

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