When writing Over Too Soon I tried to find out details of what I could use, instead of actual human ashes, to figure out how large a circle I could make with the ashes from a teenage boy. Unable to find all the details I needed online I rang a crematorium, explaining who I was and what I needed to know. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised at the lengthy silence on the other end of the phone. It took some convincing that I was serious about my question, but eventually they told me all the information I needed. Course sand was a suitable substitute. They also told me how much sand I’d need for a boy the weight and height of my character.
Once again, research kept me from making a mistake as the circle wasn’t as large as I thought it might be. Not that it mattered since it was more than large enough for the story. You can see a photo of one of the circles we made on my Behind The Scenes page. The initial area wasn’t large enough and since there was sand left over I found a larger location to recreate the circle. Sometimes research can be interesting, fun and rather strange.
Over Too Soon is now available on Amazon if you want to find out why the characters needed to make a circle using human ashes.