Researching my next book!

While I’m deep in the querying process for my first adult novel and my first secular picture book, I’ve started to research my next book. I began with digging out some old interviews I did for an article I published about the Jewish experience of the Cold War, and have acquired some reading material which should help.

And now I’m doing interviews!

Since my university background is in anthropology, I spent quite a bit of time learning how to do interviews for research purposes. It’s a little different than interviewing for an article, because you ask many people similar questions, and then look for patterns and anomalies in those patterns. It took a couple interviews to get into the groove, but now I’m having a blast, and learning a bunch, too.

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I love the way so many questions I ask lead to new questions, unexpected little journeys.

In case you are wondering, the topic I’m researching is living under Communism as a Jewish person. I’ve got many female respondents so far, and many people from Russia or the Ukraine. If you are Eastern European, from a Central Asian republic, or male, who was born before 1984 (so you have some memory from before the fall of the Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact), and you would like to be interviewed, email me at beccaklempner@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “Researching my next book!

  1. This is a great topic, and one that deserves a lot of attention. Sadly, it’s timely, with the passing of Rabbi Ezriel Tauber.

    See if you can get in touch with our own Rabbi Teichman. Although he recently moved away from LA, no doubt there are locals who can help you get in touch with him. He’s one of the brave rabbis who traveled to the Soviet Union to bring Judaism to Jews, in secret.

    Wishing you well with this book, and I look forward to reading it!

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