I’m currently writing Cosplay Killer an MM Cosy Mystery featuring two men who are into video games, music, and musical theatre.
In doing research, I had to brush up on some Broadway stuff. I’m not massively into plays. It’s never been my thing, though I have a lot of friends who are. I knew a little about Hamilton from friends and also because I think Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius of a wordsmith.
So, I found this video of him performing Alexander Hamilton at the White House.
I watched it twenty times. I was mesmerized. History has always been an obsession of mine and I was entranced by his performance.
Now, I’m autistic. I frequently fall down rabbit holes into new obsessions. And I haven’t had a new ‘special interest’ in a good while.
And I certainly didn’t intend to find one while researching a new cosy mystery series.
But there I was, going from one video to quite literally watching every Hamilton thing I could find on Youtube. Now I’ve listened to the soundtrack of the original cast a hundred times at this point.
Christopher Jackson and Lin-Manuel Miranda performing One Last Time are particularly brilliant.
The things I do for book research.