Researching Your Book? Hit the Casino – Wall Street Journal

Author Caroline Hulse brought insight that she gained at the poker table to her debut novel, ‘The Adults.’ Photo: Christopher Nunn for The Wall Street Journal 0 Comments By Ellen Gamerman Ellen Gamerman The Wall Street Journal Biography Nov. 5, 2018 9:35 a.m. ET

Debut novelist Caroline Hulse gets inside the minds of her characters not by working long days at a desk, but by putting in late nights at a poker table.

Ms. Hulse applies lessons about human nature she has gleaned from the game in “The Adults,” a comedy-suspense novel out Nov. 27 featuring squabbling ex-spouses and their significant others jammed into the same vacation house at the holidays.

“People are at their very worst when they’re under pressure,” said the writer whose live tournament poker earnings tally more than $30,000. “It’s the same thing at the poker table.”

Some novelists like Ms. Hulse play poker partly for research. Where there’s “tilt,” the poker term for players who let their emotions rule them, there’s drama. It’s particularly instructive for women writers to watch how men behave when they have a lot to lose.

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