Research: The Devil is in the Details


When you write a novel, you’re going to run into research. Whether it be about diet or hygiene of a certain era or mythology and religious texts, doing your research will add a layer of depth to your world building. Hopefully, you won’t go into detail to the point of boring just to show how knowledgable your are about the 19th century toilets.


I’m doing research on Satan or the concept of a devil in relation to the three Abrahamic religions for the Eastside (Sub)urban Fantasy series and I’m fascinated with what I’ve found.

I needed this research because I realized I was writing with the bias of my own knowledge sourced from the book of Genesis, the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and the poem Paradise Lost, and of course what I was taught in CCD when I was a Catholic and when I dipped my toes in the Jehovah’s Witness version of Christianity for a few years in my twenties.

The devil as a character has been featured in poetry, literature, movies, comics, and television. Lucifer Morningstar or Lucifer on Supernatural likely popped into your head. Anne Bishop did a version of him in her Black Jewels series.

I don’t want those influences in my head when introduce His Creepiness and his demonic minions in my series. So, I’m going to spend a little time researching and writing backstory with a little of my own mythos added in to make the unseen antagonist a formidable, yet relatable one.

©Tammy Deschamps 2020

Image by saarvendra from Pixabay 


Published by Tammy Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her as much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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